High school and undergraduate college students who are interested in learning more about classical singing and performing are invited to participate in a 10-day camp, from June 20-29, focusing on vocal and theatrical skill development, with two free public performances at the Basile Opera Center. Details about the camp are still being determined, including tuition and housing options.
These Stories Go Beyond Any Test
Through theatrical readings, students explore life-long learning themes such as accepting each other’s differences, working as a team, and facing our fears. Choose from children’s literature selections that will compliment your students’ needs.
The Spirit of James Whitcomb Riley
Indiana’s own poet is celebrated in this character performance. Through Riley’s verses, students will meet some of the major influences on his imagination such as The Raggedy Man, ‘Lisabeth Ann, Li’l Orphan Annie, and the Goblins.
1 Seuss, 2 Seuss: WWII and Dr. Seuss, Too
Find out how Dr. Seuss’s experiences as an officer in WWII changed children’s literature forever. A dictating turtle and Who’s with small voices will help your students think about history and what influences writers and actors.
1 Seuss, 2 Seuss: Ted I've Read
Beginner Books (times 4) prove that Seuss is no bore! Faithful pachyderm sitting, hopped pop, tooth book & participatory mooing all with an acting point of view, because reading should be fun for students and you!
Mime’s the Word
Tumbling, movement, and theater come together to give students an introduction to mime theater. Students will learn basic pantomime techniques of non-verbal storytelling such as building walls and climbing ladders. The performer, Beverly Roche, will incorporate ideas from the audience as she improvises a story. Performance is a companion to the workshop “Mime is the Word”.
When Worlds Collide: William Henry Harrison & ...
Students will discover the radically different perspectives of Native Peoples and pioneer settlers who collided in the early years of American history. The cultures of William Henry Harrison and Tecumseh are displayed through folklore, games, and music.
Tell Your Own Story (Workshop)
After learning about the elements of story, students will practice telling their personal and family stories with a partner. A companion workshop to the performance “Tell Your Own Story”.
Tell Your Own Story (Performance)
Students will hear engaging family and personal stories meant to inspire students to research and collect their own stories. This performance is a companion to the workshop “Tell Your Story.”
Planting Hope - Storytelling & the Environment...
What happens when you take a moment and think about the world around you? In this performance a storyteller remembers a trip he took, an unforgettable character he met, and a story he heard — all of whom open his eyes to the intricate web of the natural world.
Stories from the Underground Railroad
In this dramatic storytelling event, the perils of the enslaved people’s escape to freedom are shared as the characters travel along the informal route known as the Underground Railroad. Songs, rhythms and the story of the lives of two children bring these tales to life.
This program meets standards in Black History Month, Language Arts, Listening & Speaking, Social Studies, U.S. History & Culture
Students will experience two stories told in tandem, with tales full of conflict and differences, healing, and growth. These issues become different colored threads in the tapestry of this interwoven story.
The Storyteller's Drum
In this blend of African Diaspora music and storytelling, students will become active participants. Students will learn call and response, different ethnic musical styles and their origins, and will enjoy classic African folktales. Authentic African instruments are used.
Beginning with original stories, and ending with improvised stories and games, students will leave this performance knowing the importance of telling their own stories.
This Little Light of Mine
Listeners will experience the story of the Children’s Crusade of 1963 through the eyes of one of the children who marched. Students will learn more about this dramatic event from the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
Once Upon a Time in Africa
Choose from five versions of African folktales: West African, East African, North African, South African, or a mix from all across the Continent.
Tanoshi Taiko Drumming
With movement and storytelling included this performance is an interactive introduction to the Japanese drumming tradition of Taiko. Students will learn basic drumming rhythms and partipcate as the performers tell the folk tale of how Taiko began.
The Wild Things of Sendak
Will Gould and Dave Hepler lead you on a journey into the works of Maurice Sendak that includes a wacky rendition of Where the Wild Things Are.
Masks, Mime, and Imagination
Reed Steele introduces students to the art of mime and the potential of expression and imagination. Mime, sign language, and audience participation combined with humor make this a memorable event.
This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills, Communication, Critical Thinking, Flexible Themes, Life Skills
Bob Sander will engage students in an interactive program of folktales from around the world. Guitar music is woven into these attention-capturing tales. Bob can tailor the stories to the countries your students are studying.
Rolling Down the Avenue
Deborah Asante uses the recorded music of Indiana jazz musician Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson as a backdrop, students will hear the story of a child coming of age in Indianapolis in the 1940’s. The tale examines what it must have been like to grow up on Indiana Avenue in Lockfield Gardens during the first jazz heyday in Indianapolis.
This program meets standards in Black History Month, Indiana History, Language Arts, Listening & Speaking, Social Studies, U.S. History & Culture
Thomas Edison: Inside the Inventors Minds
Thomas Edison had 1,093 patents, more than any other American, living or dead. This interactive one-man play by Hank Fincken will discuss the process that led to the electric light, the gritty nuts and bolts day to day business of the inventive business with its failures, team-approach, and eventual success.
This program meets standards in Social StudiesU.S. History & Culture
Moving Through Science
Creative movement provides an opportunity to reach all learners, particularly the kinesthetic learner, in ways that allow them to process and retain information effectively and efficiently. In this workshop, teachers examine ways to enhance the teaching of science topics, such as the rainforest habitat, water cycle, rock cycle, plant life cycle, and states of matter, through movement. Participants explore how to involve students in active learning with Kennedy Center teaching artist, Kimberli Boyd, through warm-ups, improvisation, and simple structures for composing dances.
Village Voices, Notes from the Griot
“Villages Voices: Notes from the Griot” is a live and interactive artistic experience that utilizes musicians, dancers, actors, poets and visual artists to tell the stories and highlight the contributions of African-Americans in the arts whose works are either unknown and/or underperformed.
“Village Voices” is a celebration of artistic contributions from African-Americans that will be performed throughout the year as a reminder that artistic contributions in the fine arts can and should be presented regularly and not just to commemorate Black History Month. With artistic performances in classical piano, jazz, African dance, prose and poetry from the late 18thc-present day, this presentation is ideal for K-12 and contains a multitude of interactive and participatory elements.
This program is made possible through the Arts Council’s Art & Soul program. You can read more about this program here.
Teddy Bear Series
The Teddy Bear Concert Series introduces preschool & kindergarten students (ages 3-7) to the orchestra through story, movement, and live music. ISO violinist, Victoria Griswold, has written each of our stories, one of which is now a picture book! Each performance features five musicians from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and narration by Perry Accetturo of the ISO Learning Community.
We are thrilled to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear Concert Series by performing all of our stories throughout the 2018-19 season!
OUR TEDDY BEAR SERIES STORIES
The Giant’s Violin tells the tale of a young boy who discovers a giant violin in his attic!
The Big Note features the adventures of a young boy as he searches through a symphony orchestra to find the source of the big note that he hears.
The Garden Symphony follows a ladybug’s search through the garden for her own special song.
(The Garden Symphony is also available as a picture book!)
Monkey’s Jungle Jam is the adventure-filled tale of a spider monkey’s search through the rainforest for musical friends. Children will be invited to hop like frogs and sway like trees while they listen to unusual instruments from the symphony orchestra.
My Heart in a Suitcase
Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Life in 1938 Germany is deteriorating quickly for the Lehmanns and all Jews living there. In order to protect their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lehmann may have to say goodbye to her forever. Anne must struggle to bring meaning out of despair, to cling to love and hope even in a world that seems filled with hatred and violence. ArtsPower’s gripping and poignant production about Anne and her family’s decision whether or not to send her on the Kindertransport is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of a family’s love. A great production that connects to the study of the Holocaust.
Junie B. Jones
Hooray, hooray! my very-own musical (a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe) is coming back to Clowes Hall. And what do you know! It’s all about me, Junie B. Jones!
This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It’s got loads of funny songs, and it’s based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and the things I do in first grade.
Junie B., First Grader (at Last!), Junie B., Boss of Lunch, and Junie B., One-Man Band. Whew! I’m glad I can write everything down in my Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal! And you know what? I think I might like first grade after all!
Love, (but not the mushy kind)
Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare
The show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There, the daring sibling duo meets William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time – and explores his amazing world of literature. Based on the critically acclaimed Magic Tree House book series and the book Stage Fright on a Summer Night by Mary Pope Osborne, travel with Jack and Annie and your students on this new theatrical tuneful adventure that will surely be a hip-hop hit with everyone who visits.
Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly
The coolest ever rock-n-roll romp in a bug’s world, capturing all the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books. Insects rule in the diaries of unlikely best friends: Worm, Spider and Fly. Worm eats his homework, Fly believes she has superpowers, and Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt. Promoting eco-consciousness, earth science and tolerance of others, DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY is a joyful, hip musical exploration of the world outside, and you might just find that a bug’s life is not all that different from your own! Come experience these special stories by Doreen Cronin come to life on the Clowes Stage.
National Geographic Live! On the Trail of Big Cats...
National Geographic photographer Steve Winter’s “On the Trail of Big Cats Tour” has engaged sold-out audiences across North America and educated attendees about how to help save the world’s big cats. From trekking India’s Himalayas in search of rare snow leopards, to stalking the elusive jaguar through Latin American jungles, to chronicling the nocturnal activities of the “American lion” or cougar, there is nowhere Winter won’t go to come face-to-face with his subjects. Listen and learn as Steve shares his experience documenting threatened big cat species around the world and how by saving them, we can save ourselves.
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