Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

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Eisenhower Auditorium University Park, PA 16802

The Center for the Performing Arts provides a context, through artistic connections, to the human experience. By bringing artists and audiences together we spark discovery of passion, inspiration, and inner truths. We are a motivator for creative thinking and examination of our relationship with the world.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

Summer Camp & Scout Field Trips 

A group of fifteen or more receives a discount of 20 percent off the regular ticket prices for all Center for the Performing Arts presentations.

Join us for a memorable theatre experience at great savings. We count groups among our most valued patrons. Let Sherren McKenzie, group sales coordinator, tell you about our exciting group sales advantages.

Call, e-mail, or stop in at the group discounts office in downtown State College for pricing information, seating availability, or to order group tickets.

814-865-5340

1-800-ARTS-TIX

arts-group-sales@psu.edu

Group Discounts at Penn State Tickets Downtown

Penn State Downtown Theatre Center

146 S. Allen Street

State College

Want to order group tickets by mail?

Download an order form, complete it, and send it to the address above.

Additional Information

Group discounts

  • 20 percent discount off regular prices for each presentation.
  • Two free tickets with the purchase of thirty tickets or more.
    (Due to contractual restrictions, some presentations may not qualify for this offer.)

Easy ordering

  • A 20 percent non-refundable deposit secures your reservation.
  • Flexible reservations—you may change the number of tickets until payment is due.
  • Extended payment due date—final payment is not due until two weeks prior to the performance.

Access

  • We’re committed to making the performing arts accessible to all patrons. Contact us for all of your special needs.

Free promotional materials

  • We provide posters and handbills (when available) at no extra cost to assist in promoting your group’s event. Background information on the artist(s) is available upon request.

Area restaurants and hotels

  • A list of State College-area restaurants, hotels, motels, and inns will be mailed or faxed to you upon request.
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Ticket Options

Buy tickets to individual presentations or create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount and other benefits — by purchasing together tickets to four or more Center for the Performing Arts presentations. The March 2 School of Music featured concert does not qualify for aChoice series.

Purchase tickets online, by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX, or in person atEisenhower AuditoriumPenn State Downton Theatre Center, and Bryce Jordan Center.

Before Ordering Tickets, You Should Know

  • Complimentary parking is provided in the Eisenhower Parking Deck for patrons attending performances presented by the Center for the Performing Arts. Complimentary shuttle service from the Eisenhower Parking Deck is provided for Center for the Performing Arts presentations in Schwab Auditorium and Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.
  • To sit with friends or relatives, you must purchase at the same time.
  • The price of each ticket may include a county/regional impact fee and/or other applicable fees.
  • Seating for latecomers is not reserved.
  • Everyone, including children of all ages, must have a ticket for admission.
  • Audio and visual recording devices are not permitted in the auditoriums.
  • All artists, programs, dates, and times are subject to change.

Exchange Tickets

Center for the Performing Arts members and Choice series buyers may exchange tickets for another Center for Performing Arts 2013–2014 presentation without paying a service fee. Individual-event ticket buyers who are not members may exchange for another 2013–2014 presentation for a $4-per-ticket fee. If you can’t attend one of the performances for which you purchased tickets, you may return those tickets prior to the presentation and apply the face value toward the purchase of another event.

For Center for the Performing Arts members and Choice buyers only: if you’re not sure at the time you return tickets which other performance you want to attend, we’ll hold a credit in your account until you decide. If you haven’t used your credit by the end of the 2013–2014 season, we’ll provide you with a receipt for a tax-deductible contribution in the amount of your credit.

Tickets must be returned to the Arts Ticket Center at Eisenhower Auditorium or Penn State Tickets Downtown no later than noon on the day of a weeknight performance or by noon on the Friday before a weekend performance.

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1300 9th Avenue, Altoona, PA, United States 34.54 mi

Field Trips

The Railroaders Memorial Museum is dedicated to revealing, interpreting, commemorating and celebrating the significant contributions of Railroaders and their families to American life and industry.

Generations of Railroaders can trace the roots of their heritage at The Altoona Railroad Museum. Known as the only interactive Railroaders Museum in America! Visitors will experience Pennsylvania Railroad History through sights and sounds that will bring your group or family back into an historic era.

For more than a century Altoona was one of the most important rail facilities in the United States. The city was home to the Altoona Pennsylvania Railroad’s repair and maintenance shops, its locomotive construction facility, and its test department. Altoona’s location at the foot of the Allegheny front and its proximity to the Horseshoe Curve route over the mountains made the city a key location in the Altoona Pennsylvania Railroad’s operations.

World Famous Horseshoe Curve

Take a most beautiful drive through the Allegheny Mountains. Experience the challenge the Pennsylvania Railroad workers overcame by completing rail tracks through this rough terrain.
Once you have arrived at the Horseshoe Curve, enjoy one of the World’s most incredible engineering feats. Ride the Funicular or walk 194 beautiful landscaped steps to the tracks for a front seat view of a train mans’ wonder. You will also find the Horseshoe Curve to be a relaxing and entertaining place to enjoy a picnic lunch.

While visiting, be sure to stop by the Visitors Center to view the descriptive displays that will help you better appreciate the work involved in building such a marvel. The Visitors Center also houses a gift shop of souvenirs for every railroad buff – from books to hats and sweatshirts.

The “Funicular”

The “Funicular” is an incline plane designed to take you from the visitors center at Horseshoe Curve Historic Landmark up to the train tracks of Horseshoe Curve. Or if you prefer a nature walk, you may take the beautifully scenic steps to the top.

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All Aboard!

Come and experience the Railroaders Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark and learn about the Pennsylvania Railroad in its glory days and why it was so important to our region.

The Railroaders Memorial Museum offers free field trips to all school aged children grades K-12.  Bus drivers and teachers are admitted free too.  Parents and chaperones are admitted at our discounted group rate of $9.36 per person for Museum and Horeshoe Curve admittance.  The Horeshoe Curve only rate is $5.20 for each parent or chaperone.

The Railroaders Memorial Museum offers 3 full floors of exhibits, a move theatre that shows 2 movies every hour, a room where your group can eat their lunch inside or venture outside and eat at our picnic tables.  We also feature a fully stocked gift shop.

The Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark features a short film about the history of the Curve, an incline that will take your group “track side” so you can watch the trains travel around the Curve and the DeGol pavilion where your group can have a picnic lunch.

To schedule a field trip please email mstrohm@railroadcity.com or call Maria at 814-946-0834 ext. 201. Call today, dates are filling up fast!

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1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA, United States 98.81 mi

Hawk Mountain is the ideal outdoor destination. The 2,600-acre Sanctuary offers superb hiking in every season, the chance to see large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons each autumn, and in spring, the chance to enjoy comfortable weather, Mountain Laurel blooms, and returning songbirds. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world`s first refuge for birds of prey, and a leader in the study and protection of our magnificent hawks, eagles and falcons.

At Hawk Mountain, we know first hand how moved people are to see a hawk soar across the sky. That`s why raptors, or “birds of prey” make such a compelling focus for learning. Here, we study birds of prey, monitor their annual, amazing migrations, and use our findings to train young conservationists and educate the public.

To help connect more people with nature and, in particular, birds of prey, Hawk Mountain operates a 2,600-acre Sanctuary open to the public year-round. But whether the birds fly or not, Hawk Mountain still boasts an incredible view, 8 miles of trails and its rich conservation legacy. Some highlights:

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Day Camp Opportunities

Summer camp groups are encouraged to spend the day outdoors learning and exploring at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.  Students are introduced to birds and raptors with an up-close look at one of our educational birds while learning about their unique adaptations.  Each child is then given the opportunity to borrow binoculars for the day before departing on a guided hike.  Program content and length of hike varies depending on the age and abilities of the students.   Minimum group size is 10, maximum is 40.

Cost– $15 per child. Adult chaperones and camp counselors admitted free

Length– 3-4 hours

Availability– Weekdays June – August


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Scouts

Visiting with a Scout Troop

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is an affordable and nearby destination for visiting with your Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop.  Whether you plan to explore the Sanctuary on your own or register for a guided field-trip, you will find lots of great ideas to help your scout troop earn merit badges, belt loops and pins.

Download our complete Scout Brochure:Scout Brochure

Tips for visiting and exploring the Sanctuary on your own:
• Register your group in advance and you may qualify for a 20% discount on trail fees (minimum group size is 10).
• Visiting on an autumn or spring weekend?  Check our Events Calendar for a complete list of weekend programs, all are included free with your trail fee.
• Plan on spending at least 3-4 hours at the Sanctuary, this will allow you enough time to hike the trails, explore the Native Plant Garden and check out the exhibits in the Visitor Center.
• Each scout should bring a daypack with binoculars, water and lunch.  Sunscreen, insect repellant and a soft cushion to sit on are optional.  Sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers are also recommended.

Looking for a more formal program for your scouts?  We now offer 2 fully guided field-trips aimed exclusively for scout groups.  We will help you work towards completing the necessary requirements for the following badges (badges NOT included):

Bird Study Badge-Scouts are introduced to birding, raptors, migration and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Groups will get an up-close and personal look at one of our educational raptors and learn about their unique adaptations.  Scouts will be allowed to borrow binoculars for the day and provided with proper instruction and plenty of practice.  Scouts are then led on a guided hike along the River of Rocks trail, binoculars in hand to look and listen for birds in the forest and learn which species are native to Pennsylvania.

Nature Badge-Scouts are introduced to Appalachian forests and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary with an emphasis on the species, habitats and food chains found here.  Each scout will complete their own raptor food chain activity and then depart on a guided hike through the forest to an Ice-age boulder field.  Here scouts will learn about the unique geology of the area while looking for birds, animals and other signs of wildlife.
Cost-$25 per scout.  1 adult admitted free per child. Trail fee applies for additional adults and non-scouts.

Length-3-4 hours

Availability-Weekdays or weekends in spring and summer pending Educator availability.  Contact the Education Department to schedule your program.

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Self-Guided Groups

You may choose to lead your own group without the help of sanctuary Educators. Please review our Guiding Your Own Group Guide before your visit for registration procedures and pointers on preparing for your trip.

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