Much Ado About Nothing
Rumors, fakes, tricks, lies, and mischief…
When is it funny, and when is it wrong?
In this short adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, a pair of young readers get pulled into the tricks and lies the surprising characters commit for reasons both good and bad.
2019 Summer Program: Vocal Arts Institute
The Indianapolis Opera is proud to introduce the Vocal Arts Institute, a program for students from grades 9 to 12 that explores the art of solo performance through classical repertoire, folksong, and musical theater. Students will also enjoy classes in movement, sight singing, and theory, and will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet–a useful tool in the learning of diction for any language. In addition to academic studies, the students present several performances at the Basile, as well as in the community.
Students receive individual attention through private lessons and daily master classes. Our highly acclaimed faculty bring their extensive experience on stage and in the classroom to benefit these young singers.
The Vocal Arts Institute is in its 20th season. Our students have performed consistently well in solo competitions such as ISSMA and the Prelude Awards. They have also been well prepared for their college entrance auditions and are now pursuing degrees at schools such as the University of Indianapolis, Indiana University, DePaul University, DePauw University, Butler University, Carnegie Mellon University, Ball State University, The University of Cincinnati (CCM), Northwestern University and Florida State University.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Dr. Rachelle Woolston, Indy Opera Ed. Director
Dr. Steven Rickards, Vocal Arts Institute Founder
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.
Children's Opera: "The Three Little Hoosier Pigs"
The Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists present a children’s opera, The Three Little Hoosier Pigs. This original opera by Briana Sosenheimer takes traditional operatic music and sets it to English lyrics that tell the story of the Three Little Pigs. Instead of setting the opera in fairy tale land, the pigs live in Indiana, and their characters have fun Hoosier twists, such as an interest in farming, basketball, and show choir! The moral of the story focuses on working before playing, and not judging others by their outward appearances. (Spoiler alert: the wolf is a vegetarian!)
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.
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
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.
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