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Koger Center for the Arts



Educational Outreach Performances
2019 - 2020


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Educational Outreach Performances - Field Trip Options

Classic Productions for Students - the Koger Center does not sell tickets to these performances at its box office, for information or tickets please contact Classic Productions at (865) 588-3975 or go through their website at

The Lightning Thief
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 9:45 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Recommended for grades 2-6
Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life! Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.  

His quest will  come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.


Monday, November 28, 2022 - 9:45 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Recommended for grades 1-8
A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, the snowman comes to life!  But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas?


Junie B’s Survival Guide to School
Friday, March 10, 2023 - 9:45 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Recommended for grades K-4
Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over one-anda-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules and Band-Aids to carpools to cookies, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about!



Columbia Classical Ballet Children’s Performance
Contact the Koger Center for tickets or more information- (803) 777-7500

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 10:00 a.m.
Friday, October 14, 2022 - 10:00 a.m.

First presented in 1845, Paquita is a ballet in two acts with music by Édouard Deldevez.  Paquita is a staple of traditional classical ballet repertory and has been staged by ballet companies throughout the world. Set in Spain, it is a love story between Paquita, a young Romani girl and Lucien d'Hervilly, a French officer in Napoleon’s army.  Paquita saves the young officer from a plot to kill him, and they fall in love.  Through surprising revelations, Paquita discovers she is of noble birth and the two are married to begin a life of love and happiness.  


Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 10:00 a.m.
Friday, December 2.2022 - 10:00 a.m. 

A Christmas tradition since 1892, the story of the Nutcracker is about Clara, a little girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King. After a ferocious struggle the Nutcracker, with Clara’s help, vanquishes the Mouse King.  In gratitude he takes her to visit the Land of Sweets populated with twirling flowers, pirouetting snowflakes and dancing sweets from around the world-all ruled over by the beautiful Sugerplum Fairy.  At the conclusion of the ballet, Clara is safely transported back to her own home and family.  


Le Corsaire Suite
Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 10:00 a.m.
Friday,  March 17, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. 

Le Corsaire Suite” is a rollicking tale of sultans, princesses, maidens and pirates based on the poem The Corsair by Lord Byron. It was first presented by the Ballet of the Académie Royale de Musique, Paris, France in 1856.  The ballet has many celebrated passages which are among classical ballet’s most iconic and often performed pieces.


Columbia City Ballet
Contact Columbia City Ballet for tickets or more information - 803-799-7605

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 9:30 a.m.
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

A joyous holiday ballet featuring everyone’s favorite visitor during the Christmas season.


Ferdinand the Bull
February 3, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

The best-known work by the American author Munro Leaf, this classic children's book transforms into a heartwarming ballet telling the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights.



South Carolina Philharmonic
Link Up Concerts
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For information call 803-771-7937.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 – 9:45 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 9:45 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, guides students and teachers through a semester-long exploration of orchestral repertoire.  Students sing and play soprano recorder or string instruments while learning basic musical concepts and composing their own music.  This program provides extensive standards-based teacher and student materials and culminates in an interactive orchestral concert in which students sing or play along with the SC Philharmonic.


Family Friendly Options

Although these events are not specifically for educational field trips, group sales can be arranged.  There are many more events at the Koger Center that are suitable for children and families, please visit to view all of our upcoming events.  If you have a question, please call 803-777-7500 or email


Squonk: Hand to Hand- free, located on the Koger Center Plaza Stage in front of the building.
For more information call 803-777-7500 or email
Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Monday, September 26, 2022 - 6 p.m.

Squonk’s Hand to Hand concert is propelled by 2 giant puppet hands, each the size of a house and rigged like a sailing ship, and music that blows the roof off. The Squonkers, dwarfed by the hands, climb a multi-tiered stage. Music rises from a single finger flicking an organ key, as natural an expression of humanity as a wave or a fist. Squonk's original progressive rock drives a journey that is spectacular, plaintive, and comic. In this melee, the giant thumbs detach to become truly opposable and challenge each other with guitars. Audience members come together to grab the rigging, powering the movement of the giant fingers, becoming part of the performance. Preview highlights of Hand to Hand in the clip below.


Cirque Dreams Holidaze: Broadway in Columbia
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

This performance is sold by the Koger Center Box Office, for more information call 803-777-7500, for tickets call 803-777-5112 or visit  

Imaginative and fun for the whole family, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE features a world-renowned cast of performers accompanied by an original music score including new twists on seasonal favorites such as “Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Singers, dancers, penguins, toy soldiers, and reindeer invoke the dreams behind a child’s eye on the most magical of nights. Amidst a backdrop of new sets, scenery, and storylines, this family-friendly production is sure to put a twinkle in your eye!


Annie - Broadway in Columbia
April 14, 2023 – 7:30 p.m.
April 15 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

This performance is sold by the Koger Center Box Office, for more information call 803-777-7500, for tickets call 803-777-5112 or visit  

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production – just as you remember it and just when we need it most.

South Carolina Philharmonic
These performance is sold by the Koger Center Box Office, for more information call 803-777-7500, for tickets call 803-777-5112 or visit  

Halloween at Hogwarts
Sunday, October 30, 2022

Join the South Carolina Philharmonic for a family-friendly Halloween celebration as they transform the Koger Center into that famous school of witchcraft and wizardry. Enjoy a spooktacular program of Harry Potter, Jaws, Psycho, Night on Bald Mountain and other tunes, tricks and treats. Costumes are encouraged!


Sensory Friendly Family Concert
February 19, 2023 – 3:00 p.m.

This concert event is designed especially for persons with sensory sensitivities and their families. As a component of the SCP's educational and outreach programs, this inclusive concert gives audience members the ability to fully experience orchestral music without any of the constraints of a standard performance. During this 60-minute program, audience members are free to move about, dance, speak, sing or vocalize. Sensory sensitive listeners and family members will delight in the discovery of orchestral experiences that invite and welcomes all to the world of classical music.




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