Education Performances

Education Performances are 60 minutes long, with the exception of Tweet Tweet and Flutter, and are purposefully chosen to correlate with the South Carolina Department of Education Standards. Each performance highlights the curriculum through the arts and is accompanied by a lesson plan crafted by the Gaillard Center’s education team. Lesson plans to come! 

Please contact Stephanie Lancaster at with any questions.




Finding Freedom: The Journey of Robert Smalls

Story by Teralyn Reiter
Script developed by JaMeeka Holloway, Celeste Jennings, Caroline Randall Williams, and Teralyn Reiter

Gullah Cultural Consultant Dr. Jessica Berry

October 3-6 | 11:00AM

Second Grade to Adult


October 5th is a sensory-friendly performance, with American Sign Language interpreter.

The Charleston Gaillard Center is proud to present its first ever produced theatrical work. Based on the awe-inspiring life of South Carolina’s own Robert Smalls […] Read More…

Step Afrika! Drumfolk

November 1-2 | 11:00AM

Second Grade to Adult

SOLD OUT (Waitlist available)

Drumfolk is a rhythmic storytelling of the development of African-American percussive dance and movement traditions. Inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 […] Read More…

Schools that attend the educational performance of Step Afrika! have the opportunity for a two part educational experience, including a field trip to Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Read More…

Tomás and the Library Lady
with Childsplay Theatre Company

November 13 | 11:00AM
November 14 | 10:30AM* & 1:00PM**

Second Grade to Adult

*American Sign Language interpreter available at both performances on November 14.
**November 14th at 1:00PM is a sensory-friendly performance.

Tomás loves stories. As the young son of migrant farm workers, he spends the summer with his family following the crops north from Texas to Iowa, passing long days in the fields listening to his grandfather tell stories. Read More…

Scenes from The Nutcracker
with Dance Conservatory of Charleston

November 27 | 10:30AM & 1:00PM
All Ages

SOLD OUT (Waitlist available)

American Sign Language interpreter available at both performances.

Join our guide Herr Drosselmeyer on a 60-minute journey through a captivating abridged version of this winter classic designed to engage audiences of all ages. Read More…

Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella
with Glass Half Full Theatre

January 16 | 11:00AM
January 17 | 10:30AM* & 1:00PM**

Kindergarten – Fifth Grade

January 16 SOLD OUT
10:30AM on January 17 SOLD OUT
(Waitlist available)

*American Sign Language interpreter available at both performances on January 17.

**January 17th at 1:00PM is a sensory-friendly performance.

Ten-year-old Belinda loves to tell stories, but when she’s in the basement preparing for a party upstairs, she’ll have to get creative. Read More…

Jazz Day for Kids

January 23 | 11:00AM

Kindergarten – Eighth Grade

SOLD OUT (Waitlist available)

American Sign Language interpreter available.

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra in partnership with the Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program present Jazz Day for Kids, featuring the Charleston Jazz Orchestra led by Robert Lewis and Charlton Singleton, Gaillard Center Artist-in-Residence Emeritus. Read More…

Charleston Symphony’s Young People’s Concert
Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks!

March 6 | 11:00AM
March 8* | 11:00AM

March 8 SOLD OUT (Waitlist available)

In partnership with Carnegie Hall and the Gaillard Center, the Charleston Symphony presents Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks!, a music education program and concert for students in grades 3-5 on March 6 & 8, 2024 at the Gaillard Center. Read More…

Tweet Tweet

March 26 & 27 | 10:00AM*, 12:00PM*, & 2:00PM

Ages 0 – 6

This performance is in the Gaillard Center’s Ballroom.

12:00PM on MARCH 26 SOLD OUT

TWEET TWEET is the story of 2 birds who’ve just hatched and start to discover the outside world. Read More…

Ranky Tanky

April 8* | 11:00AM

First Grade and Up

*CCSD Teacher Workday. American Sign Language interpreter available.

Ranky Tanky (a Gullah phrase for “get funky”) are five lifelong friends from Charleston, South Carolina, who have established themselves as passionate global ambassadors for their local culture and community, helping to faithfully preserve the traditions originated by African Americans in the coastal South during slavery that are kept alive through the present day. Read More…

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour Presents
Show Way The Musical

April 15 | 11:00AM
April 16 | 10:30AM & 1:00PM*

First Grade – Eighth Grade

*April 16th at 1:00PM is a sensory-friendly performance
April 16th at 10:30AM and 1:00PM, American Sign Language interpreter available.

Soonie’s great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, with only some fabric and needles to call her own. Read More…


May 21 & 22 | 10:00AM, 12:00PM, & 2:00PM

6 Months – 3 Years

10:00AM on MAY 22 SOLD OUT

Treehouse Shakers’ Flutter, a new play for babies ages 6-18 months and their caregivers, is a stunning new discovery play that introduces the very young to the four seasons. Read More…

Gaillard On Tour Presents PURE Theatre in
Shakespeare’s Truth to Power (Fall 2023) & Shakespeare’s Lovers and Fools (Spring 2024)
Performed at Your School

Middle & High School Students

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About our Education & Community program