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Student Showcases
Seattle Center programs Student Showcases in order to provide entertainment as part of seasonal events, and to give public and private schools and youth performance groups the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends and the public.

During the submission periods listed below,  applications will be accepted for the following:

After more than 30 years of delighting children, Seattle Center has retired Whirligig. We appreciate your patronage and thank you for your participation.
For more information about the new children and family programming that will take place in the Armory during April, please go to: 
Seattle Center is not able to provide Student Showcase performance opportunities during this event.
Winterfest 2019 
Event Dates: November 30 - December 24
Application Submission period begins: September 9
Applications processed: September - October (or until full)
Permits mailed: Early November 
Special Consideration - Due to budget constraints, Seattle Center is not considering applications for Special Consideration Student Showcases at this time.
Application Process
Important Information 

As a result of the arena renovation, the 1st Avenue garage is no longer available to the public. However, you may continue to use your requested parking permits in either the Mercer Street or 5th Avenue garages. Also, the intersection at 2nd & Thomas Streets may be obstructed/unavailable during construction which will continue through the end of 2020. You may need to load/unload at the Harrison Street turnaround on 5th Avenue, so please plan accordingly. Updates will be posted on our website at as information is available.
**New Procedure** 
Stage Set-up Diagram(s) must now be submitted along with your performance application(s). Complete and submit the the form per the instructions on page 2, but leave the performance Date/Time blank to be completed by the Student Showcase Program Manager once your performance is scheduled. Performance date/time will not be scheduled until the form(s) is received.
  • Please proof-read applications before they are submitted.
  • If for any reason you are not able to make your scheduled performance, it is your responsibility to contact Customer Service at 206-684-7200 as far in advance as possible to let us know.
  • Applications may only be submitted during the currently open application submission period.
  • Applications must be typed (completed on a computer). Hand written applications will not be accepted. First download the WORD application document using the link at the bottom of the page. Complete and save the application, then follow the instructions on the first page of the application under "Application Process" to submit your application(s).
  • Before filling out an application, Check to see if your desired  performance  date/time is available by clicking on the "currently available" link above.
  • New applicants that are not a public/private k-12 school, must submit a video or link to a website or YouTube video of the group's planned performance showing costumes. Also include lyrics for all planned recorded music. 
  • A separate application must be completed for each performance group you plan to bring (choir, band, orchestra, 2 bands, etc.) Do not put totals of all groups on any one application. Please indicate the order in which you want them to perform.  
  • Please provide name, address and phone for the school/organization and the performance group lead (i.e. band/choir director, dance instructor, etc.) as the main contact. If the person filling out the application is not the group lead, please note where performance related information should be sent.;
  • On each submitted application, please make sure to accurately list the number of performers in that group. If the number changes, please notify us ASAP.
  • Dates/times are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No guarantees are made based on prior participation. 
  • Applicants are expected to fill all of the requested performance time. Requests must be for at least a 15 minute time slot, and no more than 60 min. (Whirligig) and 45 min. (Winterfest). If your performance needs change, please notify us ASAP.
  • Do not include set-up and tear-down time in your “performance length” request. Set-up and tear-down time is scheduled independently of your performance. 
  • A Stage Set-up Diagram must be completed and submitted along with your application(s). One diagram for each performance group application submitted. Performance date/time will not be scheduled until this form is received. You can download the form by clicking on the "Stage Set-up Diagram" link above.
  • We will do our best to accommodate your request. However, we may need to modify your set-up in order to accommodate everyone’s needs. Be aware that large bands/orchestras often must perform on the floor in front of the stage as the stage may not accommodate their needs.
  • If you have chosen a popular date/time, it is highly likely that your performance may be scheduled for an alternate date/time that you have listed on your application, so please do not list alternate dates/times that will not work for your group. If you are only able to perform on a specific date, please know that we may not be able to accommodate your request.
  • Submit completed applications and Stage Set-up Diagrams as an MS WORD document by email only to (Faxes, PDF’s or other formats will not be accepted)
  • If your application is incorrect, incomplete, you request dates that are already listed as unavailable, if you request performances for more than one group and do not submit the appropriate number of applications, or if we do not receive your Stage Set-up diagram along with your application, your application will not be processed or put into the "cue" for date/time consideration until an amended application(s) and/or the requested form(s) is received.
  • If you have any changes to your application (i.e. number of students performing, performance date/time, technical requirements etc.) or if your contact information has changed,  it is your responsibility to notify the Student Showcase Program Manager ASAP at
  • Visit the FAQ's for performance procedures, conditions and answers to common questions by clicking on the "FAQ's" link above. Failure to adhere to the procedures and conditions listed above, in the application and in the FAQ's may result in not receiving your preferred performance date/time or the denial of future Student Showcase performances.
  • The Application, Stage Set-up Diagram and FAQ's are periodically updated as circumstances and information changes. If you are a returning applicant, it is your responsibility to check for updates, and always download the most current documents. Do not use forms from past series.
  • The Armory is a family friendly location that is open to the general public. Performances must be appropriate for all ages.
Student Showcases are free performances for youth-based performance groups only. Adult groups and groups that seek  compensation, please contact Groups that intend to charge an admission fee, please contact Seattle Center Event Sales at or 206-684-7202 for more information about renting a facility.

CLICK HERE  to download the Student Showcase application. The performance application submission period is now closed.
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