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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 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.
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!
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.
Author Visits with Writer-in-Residence Barbara Sho...
Our Writer-in-residence, Barbara Shoup, frequently visits high school classrooms to teach students creative writing. Shoup has published eight young adult novels, and has several decades of teaching experience. Students benefit from an increased understanding of the creative process, and of Indiana literature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Essentials of Musical Theatre
Turn on that spotlight!
What are the essential components of performing Musical Theatre? Singing, Acting, and Dancing, of course! This class will bring to light and strengthen these essentials giving students a solid platform on which they can begin to develop strong technique in all three areas. Whether you’ve been in a show or just danced around the living room with a pretend microphone in your hand, this class will refine skills and encourage the discipline necessary to become a triple-threat! Essentials is typically taken more than one time in order to build a good basis for moving into the upper level Musical Theatre classes.
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!
Freetown Village 2020 Summer Camp
Since 1990, our academic enrichment summer camp has impacted the lives of over 5,000 children.
Each week children ages 5 – 14 participate in a series of standards-based cultural, social, and community awareness activities. From practical, hands-on history projects, team building and language arts, and field trips, children develop a greater sense of community and personal responsibility.
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.
Fundamentals of Acting
Create! Challenge! Become!
This introductory acting class is designed for the beginning actor. Curriculum at this level starts with the basics of technique while encouraging creative thinking and challenging students to work hard to get things right! Incorporating improvisation, terminology, and some script work, students will start to develop their voice, body, and mind as the pursue goals, create characters and scenes, and work as an ensemble. This class is typically taken more than one time in order to build a good basis for moving into the intermediate class.
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.
Once Upon A Time…
Utilizing elements from all the artistic disciplines (music, visual art, literature, etc…), children explore the structure of a story, develop a deeper awareness of self through traditional acting exercises for youth, and discover new ways to express creative ideas and use their imaginations. Ultimately, listening skills develop and natural instincts emerge allowing everyone to flourish and have fun in a unique environment that simultaneously promotes social interaction and individual expression.
Keep building! Work together!
Development of this special skill inherent to acting is promoted through advanced theatre games and exercises designed to promote risk-taking and self confidence in class and on stage.
PLEASE NOTE: You must have taken a FOUNDATION LEVEL COURSE (Fundamentals of Acting, Essentials of Musical Theatre) AT LEAST ONCE to be eligible for this class.
Jr. Civic Mainstage Musical 2020
This kids-only production is a highlight of the Jr. Civic season. Open to ages 7-14, this fully staged musical attracts children from throughout the metro ares and affords them the opportunity to participate in a professionally staffed, technically supported mainstage experience.
Performing experience no necessary and children need not be enrolled in Jr. Civic classes to audition. Young performers are asked to prepare 16 bars of a song (bring sheet music!) and dress in comfortable clothing for a movement audition. An accompanist will be provided. Visit www.civictheatre.org/auditions or email email@example.com for more information.
Jr. Civic Musical Theatre Camp 2020
All day, Monday – Friday (limit 20 students per age group)
Final performance on Friday at 6:00 PM
Ages 8-14: You will be grouped with people of a similar age (8-9, 10-11, 12-14)
SESSION 1 | July 13 – 17, 2020 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
SESSION 2 | July 20 – 24, 2020 9:00 – 4:30 PM
**PLEASE NOTE: Both Session 1 and Session 2 of Musical Theatre Camp are EXACTLY THE SAME. Due to the popularity of the camps and the curriculum being the same, we highly suggest you only register for ONE WEEK.**
Discover the excitement of musical theatre!
This EXCITING Jr. Civic day-camp will immerse students in a high-energy, intensive, day-long learning experience consisting of instruction in acting, singing, and dancing. By focusing on process and technique-based coaching by local and New York-based professionals, students will experience the collaborative nature of theatre at its most thrilling. A culminating presentation of the material worked on will be presented on the Tarkington stage for family and friends.
MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP is presented with support from IU Health.
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.
Lifting Together: Building Strong Writers Through ...
Good writing is built on strong storytelling skills. Teachers of grades 3-7 learn a collaborative approach that enables their students to be confident writers. By experiencing both the roles of student/storyteller and teacher/facilitator, they gain a new insight on how their students can “lift together” to turn basic story elements into new creations.
*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.
Long Road to Freedom
As children, the Underground Railroad brought Graceanna, a freed slave, and Mary Catherine, a Quaker girl, together for a brief but powerful friendship. Across the years and across the miles, the Railroad becomes the chain that links the two women together. Treasure this celebratory play depicting of strength of human spirit and the ties that bind us to one another, even amidst the most difficult of circumstances.
Mariachi Herencia de México
Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, an ensemble of students from Chicago’s immigrant barrios, is mariachi music’s most exciting newcomer. The group scored a surprise hit with their debut album of traditional Mexican music, “Nuestra Herencia” (Our Heritage), defying a music industry trend and pointing to a revival in recorded mariachi music. The album scored a 2017 Latin GRAMMY nomination in the “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” category demonstrating that this group of students have the talent, training and bravado to hold their own with the best in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to share world-class music with your students!
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
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”.
Miss Nelson Has A Field Day
Return to Horace B. Smedley School where the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. In fact, they have never even scored a single point! With such a poor record and a team that is out of control, kind-hearted Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when she enlists the help of her alter ego, the ill-tempered Miss Viola Swamp, to coach the team and whip them into shape. Considered by all to be “the meanest substitute teacher in the whole world,” Coach Swamp applies her trademark discipline to the players’ training, demanding tough exercises and no back talk. In the end, the team changes their attitude, pulls together, sharpens their skills, and manages to win the biggest game of the year. Don’t miss this fun-filled musical with your students!
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