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Learning through the performing arts brings creativity and imagination to the forefront. The Appell Center’s school programs are carefully crafted as perfect extensions to the classroom. We have program options that can happen in your school, in one of our theatres, or both! Browse our flexible programming options and let’s find a way to connect with your school and classroom.

Stage the Page

For Grades K-2

Our signature literacy and theater arts program brings popular children’s stories to life on the Strand Theatre stage.

School Matinees

For Grades 3-5 and 6-12

The education and entertainment never stop with these incredible offerings!

York County Student Music Festival

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts is delighted to announce a brand-new festival showcasing the massive talents of local student musicians! Submissions are open for any performance groups from York County schools, arts organizations or local bands comprised mostly of York County students aged 18 and under. Selected groups will have the chance to work with Gabe Staznik, band leader and drummer of the United States Air Force’s premier pop/rock group Max Impact, and perform on the Capitol Theatre stage on February 3, 2024.

Submission Rules:

Email your submission and any questions or concerns to

The timeline for selection is as follows:
September 12, 2023 – Submissions open
November 10, 2023 – Submission due
by 11:59pm
On or around November 24, 2023 – Selected groups notified

Expectations for selected groups include the following:
Provide a short bio, description of the group, and 2 – 3 photos by December 15, 2023
Provide own transportation to and from the Appell Center for the Performing Arts the day of the show (February 3, 2023)
Groups should plan to be at the Appell Center from approximately 4PM until 10PM, including sound check, time working with the guest clinician, and the performance.

There will be no guest list or free tickets for selected bands.

Contact with any questions.