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!
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.
A Tell-Tale Tale: The Stories And Poems of Edgar A...
No one tells a story quite like the Great Edgar Allan Poe! Come experience Edgar Allan Poe’s spooky, clever, and masterful stories and poems as they come to life right before your very eyes. With a mastery of language that few can match, Poe’s works are as impactful today as they were in the 19th century when written. This show blends rich language with expert storytelling that will enthrall intermediate and middle school students. Stories include “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” “The Bells” and more!
A Very Electric Christmas with Lightwire Theatre
Celebrate the captivating and magical sights and sounds of the holidays with your students and Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Featuring familiar and favorite holiday music, join in a tale of adventure, friendship, and love that centers around a young bird named Max, a special and familiar character to Lightwire Theater audiences, who brings a whole new meaning to “coming home for the holidays.”
A Year with Frog & Toad
Join in the fun of Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books brought to life through a whimsical show following two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.
Aesop’s Fables on Stage
What do a tortoise, a hare, a goose, a golden egg, a lion, and a mouse all have in common? Find out as our trio of storytellers use music, dance, and a dose of hilarity to re-enact some of Aesop’s most famous fables! You’ll laugh, clap, and cheer along with these beloved stories that teach us memorable lessons like, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” and “Slow and steady wins the race.” Allow your students to experience Aesop’s Fables after studying and reading them in class.
AfterSchool Indy is a music education program that focuses on storytelling, music making, and music composition. Classical Music Indy has developed a program curriculum that combines interpreting and appreciating music while learning the basics of music notation. Musicians and staff guide music-making activities that involve performing music and mini composition lessons that provide instruction on writing music. With Classical Music Indy’s AfterSchool Indy program, students listen to, learn, play, and write music!
Artist in Residence: Kathy Dickerson (Kiowa Tribe ...
Each year the Eiteljorg Museum hosts Native American and Western artists for one to three-week residencies. Artist experiences are available both at the museum and can be combined with gallery tours, and in your school classroom or other venue. Artists talk with students about their culture and their art and then lead them in an art making activity.
Katherine Dickerson is a member of the Kiowa Tribe in Oklahoma. The Kiowa migrated from the northern plains around the Yellowstone River and Missouri River down to the southwest part of Oklahoma. Kathy was raised going between St. Louis and her tribal lands in Oklahoma and has spent her entire life learning the crafts, culture, and history of her tribe from elders and her father. Kathy shares history, storytelling, tribal song and dance and her craftsmanship using a hands on approach. She makes materials the way they were made back in the 1800’s, even scraping and brain tanning her hides. The bags, belts, beaded fans, beaded gourds and footwear that Kathy makes are used in her presentations. She enjoys keeping the Kiowa traditions alive, and has been giving demonstrations and lectures in school and at gatherings ever since she was in grade school herself.
Depending on the age of the students and venue, Kathy will share her Kiowa culture and traditions through storytelling, tribal song and dance, using her own handmade cultural items. Students will make their own modern version of a Plains style ring and pin game, similar to the European ball and cup game.
Asante Tales by Deborah Asante
Beginning with original stories, and ending with improvised stories and games, students will leave this performance knowing the importance of telling their own stories.
Brundibar and Vedem
The Indianapolis Opera is planning a project for April 2020 in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and we’d like to open up some educational opportunities to students in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. As part of our mainstage series, we are producing a children’s opera called Brundibar, in which members of the Indianapolis Children’s Chorus will perform alongside our Resident Artists. This opera was written in Prague right around the beginning of World War II, and was taken to the Terezin/Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, a propaganda camp where visiting dignitaries would be shown how “wonderfully” the Nazis were treating the Jews. It was performed 55 times by children in the camp during the war.
While it has no Holocaust-themed storyline, the circumstances surrounding its inception and performance are unique and essential to understanding our history, particularly in regards to anti-Semitism. Many important conversations, lessons, and lectures will surround this performance, and we will facilitate those as well. We are partnering with the Jewish Community Center and the Indianapolis Arts Council to host the art exhibit Vedem Underground that tells the story of the boys in this camp who ran an underground newspaper while in Terezin. The exhibit will be shown at the JCC from January – February, 2020 and at the Indianapolis Artsgarden from March – mid April, 2020.
We are planning educational performances of this opera as part of the Any Given Child initiative and would like to know of your interest in having students attend a free performance as a field trip. We recommend the field trip for students in grades 5-9, as that is when this topic is covered at school. The details surrounding the education performances are still being finalized, but plans are to host a performance at Beth-El Zedeck Synagogue on Sunday, April 19, and at the Toby Theatre in Newfields (Museum of Art) on either Wednesday, April 22 or Thursday, April 23, 2020.
In addition to the field trip option, we have a curriculum guide that we are happy to distribute, and we have also connected with the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis to help provide additional educational resources and programming, if that would be of interest. We are aware of the newly passed Senate Bill 132 that mandates “enhanced study of the Holocaust” and all of these programming options can help fill that requirement.
Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker - Matinee for School...
Butler Ballet is proud to present their 35th annual production of The Nutcracker. Come enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky as the dancers recreate this favorite holiday tale. The Nutcracker, based on the story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffman, is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. From the festive party scene to the enchanted Land of Sweets, students will enjoy the artistry, music and dance of this magical production.
Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. She will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but also ensures his place on the farm forever.
This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.
Children's Operas: "The Three Sillies" & "Tail...
The Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists present two children’s operas, The Three Sillies and Tails of Cats and Mice. These original operas by Matt Cooksey take traditional operatic music and set it to English lyrics that tell the story of various folk tales and fables.
Our fall opera, The Three Sillies, tells the quirky English folk tale of a gentleman who sets out on a quest to find three people sillier than his dining companions. Tails of Cats and Mice, presented in the spring, blends several Aesop fables involving mice and cats, such as the town mouse and the country mouse, and the lion and the mouse.
Developing Concentration and Cooperation Skills Th...
Researchers and educators agree on the importance of developing students’ abilities to concentrate and cooperate. As well, once a classroom is a safe environment where students feel like they belong, then higher order thinking can occur. When a teachers takes time to strengthen students’ concentration and cooperation skills, it helps to eliminate classroom threats, to build students’ trust within a group, and develop a culture of risk taking, persistence and collaboration. From circle time to morning meetings in the Responsive Classroom®, teachers are in search of ways to build a mutually supportive community with their students. Join Drama Teaching Artist, Kassie Misiewicz, as she shares strategies to incorporate drama improvisation games into the classroom to strengthen development of these important social emotional skills.
Diary of Anne Frank
In 1941 Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank goes into hiding with her family from the Nazis. For the next two years, she never leaves the attic where her family is concealed. With fear of discovery ever present, Anne finds solace writing in her diary, capturing the daily lives of the secret annex’s inhabitants—from the horrors of war to the excitement of first love—with wit, determination, and idealism. With a multicultural cast, National Players brings the true story of this incredibly insightful young girl that is often read in school to the stage in hopes of inspiring the next generation to stand up for justice rather than sit back in apathy.
Dinosaur World Live!
Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few! An opportunity for students and teachers, alike, to imagine how dinosaurs lived and worked through dynamic puppetry and theatre.
Dog Loves Books
Louise Yates’ New York Times bestseller comes to life on the Clowes stage in a fun-loving musical about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. In fact, he loves books SO much that he decides to open his own bookstore. Dog decides that the best way to sell books is to act out all kinds of fun stories for his customers – everything from dancing dinosaurs to funny fairy tales. His customers can’t help but get into the act, too! How could Dog’s bookstore not be a huge success? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your students by loving books with Dog and the loving the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes when you share books with others.
Dog Man: The Musical
Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious new production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants. Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it’s time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!! How hard could it be? Find out in this epic musical adventure featuring the hilarity and heart of Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters.
Doktor Kaboom and the Wheel of Science
Doktor Kaboom returns to Clowes Hall and is having trouble picking his favorite science demonstrations, so he’s bringing them all! Unfortunately there are way too many to put in one show. The solution: The Wheel of Science! Doktor Kaboom has built a great big spinning wheel labeled with everything from optical illusions to chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft, and at least a dozen fantastic demonstrations ready to go. Wherever the wheel stops, that’s what’s next! Will we turn a water bottle into a rocket or catapult bananas across the stage? Electrocute a pickle or create artificial gravity? Who knows? No two shows will be the same. So, bring your students, step right up, and let’s spin the wheel of science!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus The Musical!
Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! Because it’s not easy being the Pigeon who never gets to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers late, maybe this willy bird CAN do something. Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, this world premiere Kennedy Center commission features a script by Mo Willems, creator of the best-selling “Pigeon” picture books, along with Muppet Babies executive producer Mr. Warburton, plus music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, the composer of Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your students experience the joy and comedy of Mo Willems!
Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories
Don’t miss out on this musical revue of beloved contemporary children’s books with your students!
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Dragons love all sorts of tacos — except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues.
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is going to read her a story, but the chicken can’t help interrupting. Will the chicken ever get to sleep?
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
A story about the creative spirit in all of us. Vashti can’t draw. Then her teacher says, “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Vashti discovers she is an artist, after all.
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Mercy, a porcine wonder, and Mr. Watson go for a ride every Saturday in Mr. Watson’s automobile. But one Saturday, guess who winds up behind the wheel?
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days by Erica Silverman, painted by Betsy Lewin
Yee Haw! Cowgirl Kate and her loyal horse Cocoa are the perfect pair. They do everything together, until school is in session — and horses are not allowed!
Early Childhood School & Outreach Programs
Whether it’s at the museum or in your classroom, we offer hands-on, exploratory and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s art, history and STEM connections.
This program combines exhibit exploration time with a STEAM-based program. Your students will take a journey through one of the museum’s exhibits to explore the space including real objects and artifacts from the museum’s collection. Our outreach program brings a piece of the exhibit to you! Young ones will be inspired by interactive story time and engage in hands-on STEAM exploration and creation. Preschool Journeys at the museum are 1 hour 15 min. in length. Outreach programs are 1 hour in length. In-museum cost: $6 per student/$6 per chaperone, free for teachers. This amount includes the exhibit tour/program only and does not include admission to the entire museum. Outreach cost: $150/1st session; $100/additional sessions.
Playing with Patterns
October 1 – December 21, 2018
After exploring Art of the Brick, the world’s largest exhibition of LEGO® art, students will be inspired to take part in hands on projects. They will not only become engineers with building blocks, but also artists and scientists as they create their own STEAM-based project.
More than a Box
October 1, 2018 – May 24, 2019
Imaginations will run wild in Cardboard Engineering — an experience dedicated to hands-on exploration and creation. Students will be inspired by engineering, art and objects throughout the gallery as well as a story time. Next its hands-on experiments and collaboration on STEAM based projects.
Colors and Textures
February 18 – June 21, 2019
Inspired by The Color of Style experience, students will observe colors and textures,
and be introduced to new artists and designers. Following the exhibit exploration, students will collaborate on a hands-on creation and experience various sensory explorations such as color mixing and textile engineering.
Ice Age Animals
Step back in time with the help of Frozen Reign to see what life was like in the Ice
Age in Indiana. Students will be introduced to many Ice Age animals and explore this interactive space. Next, students will be able to participate in hands-on experiments and STEAM-based projects.
Explore the basics of paleontology, archaeology and biology with a visit to the R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab. In this space, students will observe real artifacts and objects and work with a digital microscope called the Micro Eye. Next, they will have a chance to become the expert and participate in hands-on activities inspired by nature.
Artful Play (outreach program only)
Inspired by Hoosier artist Lois Main Templeton, students will be able to explore the world of abstract art and become an artist for the day. First, they’ll examine an artwork by Templeton and with the help of her book, “Who Makes the Sunrise?”, they’ll take part in interactive storytelling. Also, students will participate in several STEAM based activities and collaborate on a large art project.
Educational Theater & Outreach Performances
Participate in interactive live theater performances at the Indiana State Museum or in your own classroom. Your students might even find themselves in the thick of the action!
PreK – Grade 2
Fred the Mastodon
In this lively puppet show meet Fred the Mastodon, an Ice Age mammal, who wanders the Indiana landscape searching for his herd. Audience members have a chance to participate in the show as other Ice Age animals are introduced, including dire wolves, owls and bison.
Fickelsteen Frog, a reporter for The Daily Croaker, has been assigned a feature story — he is looking for the answer to the question: What is a reptile? He wanders the countryside searching for reptiles and to find out what makes them slither.
Grades 3 – 12
This unique experience offers two live performances in one 45-minute presentation. Choose from Levi Coffin, Elwood Haynes, Thomas Say, Johnny Appleseed, Sully the Irish Canal Worker and Young Abe Lincoln. A question and answer session is included in the program.
Grades 4 – 12
The Liar’s Bench
Bovine hairballs? Vern’s Varmint Trap? A cotton mill cog from the 19th century? What does the word Hoosier really mean? The audience is divided into teams as students vie to be the first to decide if, for example, that strange-looking contraption is really a pasta holder from a South Bend restaurant or a miniature golf ball display piece.
On The Air: The Hoosier Hour
World War II is brought to life through the antics of the folks at radio station WISM as they attempt to struggle through their weekly broadcast of songs, skits and commercials with the specter of food and gas shortages, staff shortages and the ever-present war.
These interactive one-act and vignette theater pieces highlight notable Hoosiers of the past 200 years. Create an hour-long presentation that covers 200 years of Indiana’s statehood with topics including young Abe Lincoln, Thomas Say, Amanda Way, Eugene Debs, the first pro baseball game and others. Scripts will be made available by request as pre-visit resources for a more hands-on experience.
Field Trip to Line+Form Atelier
Line+Form Atelier offers engaging field trips in the studio on Fridays throughout the school year. Ms. Fran, owner of L+F, connects with teachers to ensure the field trip is meeting the educational needs of the group. Whether it’s a one time visit, or a partnership that will last several months, Line+Form field trips are guaranteed to be a highlight of your student’s year!
Follow the North Star
Follow the North Star is a participatory museum theater experience that demonstrates the wide ranging social attitudes towards African-Americans in pre-Civil War Indiana. Participants travel back to the year 1836 and assume the role of fugitive slaves seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad through the state. Traveling as a group, you will encounter a variety of characters, ranging from sympathetic allies to racist antagonists, who will speak to you as
though you were enslaved. It is a powerful experience that generates empathy, provokes discussion, and immerses students in this important part of our nation’s history.
Four Score & Seven Years Ago
To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in ArtsPower’s exciting and suspenseful musical.
Based on the book by Andrew Clements. Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. When he ends up in Mrs. Granger’s language arts class, he has his best idea ever. He decides to create his own word…FRINDLE! Before long Nick’s word creates a buzz in his school, his town and then to his surprise it spreads all around the country, and a power struggle erupts with the strict Mrs. Granger. Will the word “Frindle” win? Based on the multiple award winning best-selling novel by Andrew Clements this quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have your young audience inventing their own words.
Here Is My Magic Key
My basket of keys open an attic, a castle door, another dimension and more. Students literally hold the key to their imagination in the palms of their hands with this writing workshop. We explore the possibilities of these magic keys, focus on the senses in creating a story or poem together by the class, then students make up their own. “My key opens a haunted house. Beware. Take my key if you dare.” As we read, we pass the key –the gift of our imaginations– along. Led by Bonnie Maurer.
How to Tell World Folktales
In this workshop/residency, students will listen and read folktales, learn how to tell folktales as well as learn how to evaluate and coach each other in the art of storytelling.
Kids Dance Outreach “Event of the Year”
Every year, over 2,000 children in the greater Indianapolis area have the opportunity to dance with professional teaching artists and musicians through Kids Dance Outreach (KDO), whose mission is to positively impact the lives of all children thorough joyful dance programs that inspire excellence, instill confidence, encourage teamwork, and applaud persistence. Founded in 2012, one the most important features of the program is accessibility to the dance form. The “Event of the Year” will celebrate the achievements from the students in KDO’s advanced training programs.
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