District Schools and Home School Groups: please complete the Student Ticket Order Form below.
Please read the Student Ticket FAQs before ordering tickets to education performances.
When are the Education performances? Which should my school attend?
Many Gaillard Center Education Initiative shows offer both a morning and afternoon performance. Select shows offer ticketed evening and weekend performances. Education Initiative performances are open to schools for the morning performance and afternoon performance. Afternoon performances are open to the public.
For more information on select evening or weekend performance please visit our Buy Tickets page here.
How much do tickets cost?
Tickets are $5 per child and chaperone. Teachers will receive (1) free ticket for every (15) student tickets purchased.
For Title I schools, each class is eligible for one free performance. Students on the free/reduced lunch program at Non Title I Schools are eligible for one free performance.
Please email email@example.com to apply for a second cost free performance.
How do I reserve tickets for a performance?
School tickets for the morning and afternoon performances may be reserved by filling out the form below or calling our box office (843) 242-3099.
We provide five extra spaces per reservation to cover new students and extra chaperones. You may request the section you prefer in our hall. Requests will be filled based on availability. Please notify us of any ADA accommodations needed when making your reservation.
Public tickets for afternoon, evening, or weekend performance may be purchased on our Buy Tickets page here.
Are Education performances open to home-schools or families?
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased individually for Education performances. All Education Initiative performances are open to home-school teachers and students, and to families with children.
Home-school teachers may reserve tickets for the morning performance by completing the form request form or contacting the Gaillard Ticket Office at 843-242-3099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have submitted my Education Program Ticket Order Form. How do I pay for the tickets?
Once you complete and submit the Education Program Ticket Order Form, you will receive a confirmation email with further details. A Ticket Office representative will contact you to confirm your seat reservation and receive payment instructions.
What is your policy on ticket reservations, payment, and cancellations?
Tickets reserved must be paid in full 60 days prior to the performance.
Failure to pay will result in the loss of your reserved seats.
Cancellations within 60 days will result in a $50 fee for all schools, including Title 1. The $50 cancellation fee applies to schools who arrive with (25+) fewer students than their confirmation.
Will my students and/or me receive printed tickets to the performance?
Paper tickets are not be issued for schools. Ushers are provided a list of reservations and names/numbers will checked at the door.
Please consider your confirmation email as notice that your seats are reserved. We will contact you and list shows as sold out if your ticket order cannot be processed.
Does the Gaillard provide bus transportation to and from Education performances?
If you are a Title 1 School, your students qualify for free tickets and transportation. For Title I Schools, the Charleston Gaillard Center Education Initiative fully funds bus transportation to the Gaillard Center and back for one performance (for more than one performance, please email email@example.com approval).
You may request buses online here. Use the code GAIL16 or contact School Wheels Direct for transportation to the Gaillard and back to your school.*
*Please note that there will be no lunch stops.
Once you have requested your bus, you will receive an itinerary from School Wheels Direct. You must respond back to confirm and accept the itinerary.
If the Charleston Gaillard Center is funding your transportation and you decide to cancel the buses, the Gaillard Center and School Wheels Direct must receive an email cancellation thirty (30) days prior to the performance with a confirmed response from the Gaillard Center and School Wheels Direct. If you do not send a cancellation notice within the guidelines your school will be sent the $500 invoice and payment for those buses will be the responsibility of the school.
Where is school drop-off/pick-up for performances?
Buses drop off schools at the Charleston Gaillard Center entrance on George Street. A Gaillard representative will be present to greet schools as they arrive and instruct buses where to park. At the end of the performance, students are dismissed by school and file out to George Street to board their bus.
For GPS directions, the address is: 2 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401
I have students in need of ADA accommodations. What accommodations do you provide?
Both of the primary entrances on the George St. and Calhoun St. sides are handicap accessible and lead into the shared lobby space between the Martha and John Rivers’ Performance and Exhibition Hall.
There are handicap accessible elevators located in close proximity to either entrance and once through the shared lobby and into the Performance Hall lobbies there are elevators located to the north and south of the central lobby.
Handicap access to the stage and dressing room areas is available via the elevator off stage right and immediately adjacent to the Stage Door on the Northeast end of the facility just off of Alexander Street. Handicap accessible restrooms can be found on every floor and centrally adjacent to each of the facilities’ patron areas.
If you have an attendee in need of ADA accommodations such as wheelchair seating, American Sign Language, service animal seating or a sensory free space needs to be made available to you during the performance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (843) 579-6458.
What are the expectations for theater etiquette at Education performances?
Please prepare your students for their theatre experience with simple theatre etiquette.
- Enter the building quietly
- No hats, hoods, earphones, earbuds, food or drink
- Phones should be put away once inside the performance hall; no photos
- Stay seated and remain quiet during the performance
- Remember the actors can see and hear all that you do; be mindful and respectful of everyone in the theatre