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School Programs

2017-2018 Education Performances

Education Performances are purposefully and carefully chosen to correlate with South Carolina Department of Education Standards, each performance highlights curriculum through the arts.


Education Performance FAQSReserve Student Tickets 



September 29, 2017

10:30am  SOLD OUT             1:00pm
Grades: 4th – 12th

Tickets for School PerformanceS                         Tickets for Public Performance

“Let’s go see a poetry show.” That is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. Having

been dubbed “an amazing ride” by the New York Times, this mind-boggling performance has been described as “The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert.” These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

The Mayhem Poets’ unique approach to spoken word has landed them feature spots on the Today Show and Eyewitness News after winning first place and a grant for 100k in the Microsoft Idea Wins Challenge in 2006. Since then they’ve been touring internationally and spreading their mission to reshape society’s view of poetry.


October 3-4, 2017

10:30am SOLD OUT
Grades: CD – 4th


In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, the Charleston Gaillard’s Education Initiative presents Lightwire’s Moon Mouse, the story of accepting differences.

Marvin the Mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled as a loser and a geek. As respite from the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures and to be the hero. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril, and views awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves?

Lightwire Theater is proud to present Moon Mouse, a cosmic adventure about celebrating differences.

An additional ticketed performance of Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey will be open to the public on October 4, 2017 at 6:00pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Event Page HERE.

Ballet HispÁnIco

Lecture Demonstration

October 24, 2017

Grades: 4th-12th


America’s premier Latino dance organization for more than 45 years, Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino culture and the shared human experience through dance. The iconic New York City-based company has performed for audiences throughout 11 countries and on three continents. Founded by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispánico has been led since 2009 by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, who has infused the organization’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Through performances of its internationally-acclaimed company, innovative dance training programs, and community education activities that inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds, Ballet Hispánico brings the joy of dance and Hispanic culture to the world.

A ticketed performance of Ballet Hispánico will be open to the public on October 24, 2017 at 7:30pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Event Page HERE.


November 2, 2017

10:30am          1:00pm
Grades: 6th – 12th


What happens when evil and manipulation are loosed upon a world where inequity and jealousy already reign? When suspicion, xenophobia, and distrust flourish, how can love survive? How can we decipher the truth when lies and deceit become commonplace, and a person’s word is no longer their bond? Set in a stark, not-so-distant-future, The Warehouse Theatre’s touring production of William Shakespeare’s Othello asks these timeless questions.

Othello is directed by Anne Kelly Tromsness and Maegan Azar. 

The Warehouse Theatre’s Production of Othello is supported by BMW Group Plant Spartanburg.

bill blagg: The science of magic

November 3, 2017

10:30am SOLD OUT         1:00pm
Grades: 2nd – 8th


For centuries magicians have used scientific principles to make people levitate in mid-air and vanish in the blink of an eye. Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of- a-kind educational experience, The Science of Magic, takes students on a rare, never-before- seen journey “behind the scenes” of the magic world. Students will discover firsthand how magicians use science to create the impossible!

Bill’s comedy-filled, action-packed, presentation is highly interactive and makes science fun and exciting! Students will use the Scientific Method to levitate one of their teachers in mid-air and even learn how the science of reflection can make their homework magically disappear! In addition, Bill even performs some of his mind-blowing, grand-scale illusions with a scientific twist! Bill caps the show off with an incredible display of the water cycle by making it snow from his bare hands! Students will watch in amazement as science creates magic right before their very eyes!

The Science of Magic is designed to excite, educate, intrigue and promote students to think “outside the box” and spawn their curiosity about how science and the Scientific Method are used by magicians to create the impossible!

Charlton Singleton presents:


December 6, 2017

10:30am SOLD OUT
Grades: 6th-12th

Tickets for School Performance

JAZZ THROUGH THE AGES is a production that is written, directed, and performed by the Gaillard’s Artist in Residence, Charlton Singleton. Armed with an incredible band of some of the finest musicians in our area, Charlton will take students on a journey that teaches the different periods and history of Jazz, some of its main performers, as well as the significant role in the creation and advancement of Jazz from South Carolinians. 

Students will join Charlton and the band on the stage of the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall for this intimate performance. Open to Middle and High School students. Space is limited.

go, dog. go!

January 30, 2018

10:30am SOLD OUT          12:30pm
Grades: 3yrs – 2nd


Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs—with cars, hats, a moonlit boat ride, and even a wild game of ball—as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings. Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs!


The Kennedy Center presents:

darius & twig

February 6, 2018

10:30am          1:00pm
Grades: 5th – 8th


Can two friends break away from the city to live their dreams?
Darius & Twig
A Kennedy Center world premiere commission
Based on the novel Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers
Adapted by Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

On Harlem’s 145th Street, teenage best friends Darius and Twig dream of a world beyond the confines of their daily lives. Darius is a writer, whose latest story might be published in a magazine–if only he can keep his alter ego, a fierce falcon, in check. And Twig is a runner, whose speed and endurance might bring him a scholarship–if only he can impress college scouts at an upcoming meet. But with Darius’s mother barely scraping by, pressure from Twig’s uncle to give up racing, and bullies Midnight and Tall Boy constantly on their case, these true-blue allies may not truly be free to use their gifts.

Based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, this captivating tale about the power of friendship takes the late author’s “unerring eye for what’s real and meaningful in life” (Newsday) to depict visceral scenes of inner-city struggle with sensitivity and wit.Street-smart and suspenseful, playful and profound, Darius & Twig is ultimately the story of two young men who must overcome obstacles by finding the best within themselves.



Harriet tubman and the underground railroad

February 12, 2018

10:30am SOLD OUT         1:00pm
Grades: 2nd – 7th


VIRGINIA REPERTORY THEATRE ON TOUR PRESENTS: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad  by Douglass Jones, Music by Ron Barnett

This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend Sarah Bradford, narrate her adventurous life, we share in the joys, sorrows, and challenges faced by this brave women who changed the world through her courage. This accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson is at turns inspiring, heart-warming, and comical, full of the good humor, determination and the charity of its subject. The audience will find a new appreciation for Harriet Tubman and a deeper understanding of her times.

Virginia Rep on Tour, founded in 1975 as Theatre IV, has been internationally acclaimed for excellence as a theatre for young audiences. February 1st, 2002 Virginia Rep on Tour’s production of Buffalo Soldier was performed, by request, at the Pentagon to open their celebration of Black History Month. The company performs live for over 500,000 students, parents and teachers each year throughout 33 states and the District of Columbia.

Shh! We Have a plan

February 22, 2018

10:30am SOLD OUT          12:30pm
Grades: 3yrs-2nd


Shh! We have a Plan is the enchanting new theatre production by the multi-award-winning Theatre Company, Cahoots NI. 

A nonverbal tale featuring magic, music, and puppetry based on the Chris Haughton book of the same name. Follow the delightful and surprising journey of three madcap characters, each of whom has a plan to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree! Sounds simple, but the quest soon becomes an obsession and the obsession becomes the absurd! Where will it all end? Join us as the characters learn to love and look after nature while discovering that perhaps freedom and kindness are more important than getting what you want at any cost! Prepare to be enchanted and amazed by this unique and engaging production featuring Magic, Music, Puppetry and lots lots more!

Created and Directed by Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney. Music by Garth McConaghie.

goodnight moon and the runaway bunny

March 16, 2018

10:30am SOLD OUT         12:30pm
Grades: 3yrs-2nd


Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will add to its acclaimed repertory of outstanding children’s productions with an innovative double-bill adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd’s beloved bedtime classics, GOODNIGHT MOON and THE RUNAWAY BUNNY.

GOODNIGHT MOON is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while THE RUNAWAY BUNNY’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with are assuring sense of security and peace. Whimsical puppetry and evocative original music will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.

An additional ticketed performance of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny will be open to the public on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11AM. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Event Page HERE.

my father’s dragon

March 26, 2018

10:30am SOLD OUT       1:00pm
Grades: K-5th


ENCHANTMENT THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce its newest touring production, My Father’s Dragon, based on the beloved book series by Ruth Stiles Gannett. In collaboration with the author and in celebration of the book’s 70th Anniversary we are delighted to bring these enchanting books to life.
When nine-year old Elmer Elevator hears about a baby dragon who is held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island, he sets off on an adventure to rescue the dragon and return him home. With the help of his friend the Alley Cat, Elmer packs everything he thinks he’ll need – including chewing gum, two-dozen lollipops, seven hair ribbons and a box of rubber bands! With pluck and ingenuity Elmer makes his way to the Island, outwits the wild animals and saves Boris, the dragon. But can they find their way back home? As they travel over the ocean they get lost in a storm and discover a magical island of escaped canaries. The resourceful Elmer helps the canaries overcome their “curiosity disease” and uncover a stash of hidden riches. With bags of gold and the canaries’ blessings, the dauntless duo at last returns home.

With talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure and lots of humor throughout, this fabulous adventure is brought to the stage in Enchantment Theatre’s distinctive style. Using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to bring you the story of a compassionate and courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue-striped dragon.

erth’s dinosaur zoo LIVE

April 10, 2018

10:30am SOLD OUT     1:00pm
Grades: K-5th


Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia.  You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world.  Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t!  Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia.  While it may indeed have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait.