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.
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
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!
Arc Series: Adult Playwriting
Playwright-in-Residence and tenure track Ball State University professor Tom Horan teaches a detailed, creative, and active approach to writing, specifying techniques to tighten a script and drive the action to a compelling conclusion.
To be considered for the class, submit a one page cover letter discussing your experience with theater and writing (if any), why you would like to take the class, and what you hope to get out of the class along with a ten-page sample of your work (either a short play or an excerpt from a longer play). Please note that the class is open to any and all writers interested in learning about playwriting; whether you’ve written in other forms, are new to playwriting, or you are already comfortable with playwriting, we welcome you!
Send submissions to email@example.com.
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.
Beginning with original stories, and ending with improvised stories and games, students will leave this performance knowing the importance of telling their own stories.
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.
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.
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.
Interactive Museum Theater Add-Ons
You can expand your self-guided school tour with an add-on program for a
small extra charge.
The Rhodes Family Incident
Little-known historic events that happened in your own community can provide important
perspectives and inspiration that relate to life now. In “The Rhodes Family Incident,” two
contemporary college students who grew up in Westfield, Indiana, are surprised to discover a
historic racial incident involving escaped slaves that happened in their hometown. This
discovery challenges their views of their community and their own identity. The play,
written by Crystal V. Rhodes, was inspired by research into African-American history in
Hamilton County and can prompt students to rethink what they know about Indiana history, their communities and even themselves.
Willa Brown: Aviation Pioneer
Willa Brown (1906–1992) started her career as a teacher after attending Indiana State Teachers College. Looking for greater challenges, she went on to become the first African-American woman to become a licensed pilot and the first woman in the U.S. to be both a licensed pilot and mechanic. She went on to train some of the Tuskegee Airmen, along with running for Congress and working as an activist.
Freedom Summer 1964
Two student trainers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), one of the most important organizations of the Civil Rights Movement, will introduce audiences to their methods for practicing non-violent protest. This is a participatory theater piece.
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.
Marauding and Mayhem: Legends of the Sea
Pirates and mermaids and sea monsters – oh my! Join us for an exciting 7 week program as students create their own original play based on their favorite nautical legends! For ages 6-12.
Piratas y sirenas y monstruos marinos – ¡Oh mi! ¡Únase a nosotros para un emocionante programa de 7 semanas para que los estudiantes creen su propia obra original basada en sus leyendas náuticas favoritas! Para edades de 6-12.
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”.
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.
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.
Preview Dress Performance: Elixir of Love
We invite high school and college students to attend the preview dress rehearsal performance of our mainstage opera at no cost. This semester we are presenting Elixir of Love, by Gaetano Donizetti, sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Actor training for high school students age 13-18
Available June 24-28!
Spend a week at Phoenix! Join us for a five-day actor program focusing on techniques necessary to excel in professional theatre. Students hone their craft in acting, voice/dialects, and movement through exercises and professional feedback.
What to Expect:
8:45am Drop off
9:00-11:00am First Class
11:30-1:30pm Second Class
1:50-3:50pm Third Class
4:00pm Pick up
Meisner-based Actor Trainer
Practice tools to become a more open, genuine actor, ready for anything!
Find your voice as an actor and singer, practice strong diction & projection, and explore commonly used dialects.
Movement for the Actor
Stage combat, Linklater technique, Viewpoints and more to develop your physical expression.
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
Self-guided School Tours
Experience the Hoosier spirit and Indiana heritage with a visit to Conner Prairie. It’s the ideal place to immerse your students in the state’s history with hands-on activities and plenty of opportunities to interact with staff portraying characters from the past. Spend time outdoors, try hands-on activities and get some exercise. Each visit covers academic standards in multiple subject areas including social studies, language arts, and science. For an educational, authentic and entertaining look into the history that shapes us today, come to Conner Prairie!
Areas include the 1823 William Conner House, 1836 Prairietown, Lenape Indian Camp, 1863 Civil War Journey, 1859 Balloon Voyage exhibit, Treetop Outpost and Nature Walk, Create.Connect (combining history, science and design) and Makesmith Workshop (focusing on making things).
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
Student Humanities Presentations
Our student matinees in the Humanities brings to life original productions based on classical beginnings or living history presentations.
The best-known production of our matinees in the Humanities is Indy In Revue: The Story of Indianapolis. This student matinee uses audiovisual tools, narration, dance and popular song to bring the story of Indianapolis to life. Indiana schoolchildren learn state history in the fourth grade, and this production enhances their curriculum with a focus on the city’s history, creativity and innovation. Shows are held at different venues throughout the city of Indianapolis – most recently at the historic Athenaeum and Herron High School.
In addition to Indianapolis students, fourth-graders from the metropolitan area’s seven contiguous counties and from Terre Haute and Evansville attend the Revue during field trips. Claude McNeal Productions often arranges additional outings, such as visits to the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Museum or the Children’s Museum.
The Humanities Theatre Group has performed for more than 100,000 primary, secondary and higher education students. Other productions include:
• The Greeks: In the Beginning
• The Renaissance Era: Europe Awakens
• The Modern Era: The Age of Technology
• Painting the Universe: How the Humanities Shape Our World
• French Cabaret Masters
• Cigar City Chronicles: The Story of Tampa, performed for elementary, middle, and high school students in Tampa Bay, Florida
Experiencing History Where It Happened: Living History and Re-enactment as Public History Tools:
“Indy In Revue” is a living history of our capital city. It brings to life the people, sites, innovations and culture that make up the community’s collective memory. The production is used as a learning tool to allow our students and adults to experience history, and instead of just reading about it, they are watching the events unfold in front of their very eyes.
Living history presentations such as “Indy In Revue” have become an increasingly important tool for accomplishing the goal of presenting a community’s history and cultural memory to its ever-changing audiences in a manner that is attractive, engaging, and authentic. The show serves the dual function of serving both history and the community. Using living history presentations as a learning tool makes the process of contextualization much more effective for students. Connecting to place makes historical inquiry more accessible, and challenges the idea that history is an abstract concept far removed from the present. Learning the story of the events that occurred in a particular location and being able to witness the impact of those
events, enhance the learning experience, also allowing for the discourse of place in history, and providing a sensory experience beyond the written text.
Back in early 1993, author, playwright, founder and then Artistic Director of American Cabaret Theatre, Claude McNeal, wanted to create an original cabaret-style production that centered around the origins of our capital city. As an educator and artist, McNeal’s fascination with place, culture, and history has always been in the forefront of his original works. Around the same time, David Bodenhamer, Executive Director at the Polis Center at IUPUI (a research unit of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI), was putting together the first-ever
“Encyclopedia of Indianapolis”. McNeal, a tenured professor of English at that time with the School of Liberal Arts, then approached Mr. Bodenhamer about collaborating with our production team as a consultant on a new production entitled “Indy In Revue”. McNeal and his team spent the next two years researching and developing content for the production, with Bodenhamer helping to provide historical context and lending historical accuracy and authenticity. After an extensive rehearsal process, the production opened to the public as part of A.C.T.’s season of shows in September 1995.
For the next eleven years, “Indy In Revue” was presented annually to Indiana fourth-graders as part of our ongoing educational programming at the cabaret. From 2006-2009, presentations were held at the historic Madame Walker Theatre. In 2011 and 2012, we collaborated with Herron High School to present the show once again, this time as part of the annual “Spirit & Place Festival” sponsored by IUPUI.
Summer Art Camps
Line+Form Atelier is thrilled to be hosting 7 weeks of art camp this summer!
June: Insect+Bee Camp, Unicorn+Fairy Camp (sold out), Art in Motion
July: Street Art Camp, Fashion Design Camp (sold out), Anime+Comics Camp (sold out), Unicorn+Fairies Camp Session 2
Camps are suitable for children ages 5-12 and are held Mon-Thurs from 9-3pm.
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.
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.
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