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.
Indy Shakes Traveling Troupe's As You Like It
Spying, double-crosses, cover-ups, mistaken identities!
Shakespeare’s adventure play takes place in the Forest of Arden. In As You Like It, things are not quite what they seem. Let’s see if you can figure out who’s who, what’s what, and why in this hilarious journey through the woods.
Beginning in May 2019, our Traveling Troupe will perform in schools, parks, assisted living centers, and more. Ask your local venue to book a performance now!
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
IRT Summer Youth Workshops
IRT is proud to announce a slate of summer opportunities designed to bring theatre to life for your child! With Step On Stage and our brand-new Stage One program, aspiring performers will get a chance to explore the skills every actor needs. Also, our revamped Summer Shakespeare Conservatory returns to provide an intensive training opportunity for teen actors to immerse themselves in work alongside IRT artists. Read on for more details about all of these exciting programs!
Healthy singing and performing techniques are demonstrated in collaborative settings through our vocal workshops: Opera-ting for theatrical performing and Singing For Success for a choral environment. Our Resident Artists will demonstrate healthy singing techniques through performance, as well as discussion/teaching. These workshops can be tailored to the desires of the presenting organization. We can work with your students on specific skills, including breathing, diction, interpretation, etc. upon request. The theatrical workshop also adds staging and other dramatic interpretive elements.
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!)
Bringing Math Story Problems to Life through Puppe...
This three-hour teacher workshop offers a step-by-step strategy for using hand puppetry to teach students to understand and visualize math story problems. Participants will learn to use simple ball and glove puppet pantomime skits to increase their ability to turn equations into story problems, transform story problems into equations, and be more likely to achieve accurate solutions. Puppetry makes math fun!
*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.
Speak the Speech by Sapphire Theater Company
With the help of a professional actor, students will build confidence in reading aloud using small, manageable Shakespearean texts. Students will also try their hand at “performing” the text, using different acting techniques to give the words deeper meaning.
Masks & Scripts by NoExit Performance
How does an artist build a mask and how does an actor act with one? Reading comprehension, theatrical performance, and visual art come together in this multiple-day workshop with the award-winning theatre company NoExit Performance. Young artists will explore character and plot development through making (paper and cardboard) and wearing theatrical masks. Designers and performers from NoExit will guide students, using themes from traditional storytelling, through the creation of an original character mask. Although originally designed as a multiple-day visual art workshop, a one-day “mask petting zoo” is available. The one day workshop explores acting only, no design work.
Francicso Pizarro: to Serve You by Hank Fincken
If you are teaching World History or just want to understand how the Conquistadors changed the world, this one-man play is for you (5th – 12th). The conqueror of the Incas was brave, committed, and ruthless. His search for gold cities reminds us of the best and worst in ourselves.
Christopher Columbus: the Shame in the Glory by Ha...
He failed; he succeeded. He’s considered a founding father but never landed in the USA. He is despised; he is loved. Should he be judged by the values of his time or by ours? This one-man interactive play is designed to heal wounds 500 years old. by recognizing that horrible crimes were committed and great feats accomplished.
Literature Takes the Stage by Beverly Roche
Students can bring literature to life through this flexible theater workshop. Turning literature into a script for performance challenges students to analyze the characters and plot of a text in a new and engaging way. An option for creating an original script is available.
Punch & Judy Presented by Adzooks Puppets
The classic characters of puppet theater, Punch and Judy, have their roots in the comical characters of the Roman Theater, and have been around for 300 years. In this version of their story, the traditional characters are placed in a modern plot full of intrigue, mischief, and positive, child-friendly problem solving.
This performance will show students that even when they are afraid, there are ways that they can find courage. The actor will face his fear of storms using simple Shakespearean text and the power of language. Students will participate from their seats to create storm sounds.
Bullying: Behind the Scenes
This highly interactive workshop gives students a real-life look at what to do with bullies in school. Two actors will teach theater techniques as students learn what to do and say when tension and conflict arise during bullying behaviors.
Bullying: A Play on Conflict Resolution
Students will explore their own experiences, attitudes, and prejudices about school bullying in a way that is comfortable yet insightful. This program raises awareness about the roles that the bully, victim, and the witness play in these situations. Both students and teachers will come away with new tools for dealing with bullying.
You know the myth, but you may not know how important he was to the pioneers moving west. This is storytelling in theater form, showing the true history of John Chapman’s life separate from the traditional mythology of Johnny Appleseed.
Henry Ford: Fit to a "T"
He didn’t invent the automobile; he invented the automobile industry. His $5 a day wage made the working class middle class. In this one-man play, Ford dealers from all over the country have come to Detroit to learn about the man’s latest life-changing car, the Ford V-8. Was he a saint? Hardly, but his work continues to influence us all as much as any pioneer in US History.
Learning the Language of Silence
Students will learn the concepts of telling a story with a beginning, middle and end using only body language. Through hands-on activities, theatre games, and mime illusions, they will be able to demonstrate ideas, thoughts and emotions using their bodies and facial expressions.
Indiana Mime: Raiders of the Lost Art
Through mime, sign language, music, and audience participation, students will learn how Indiana has played a big role in shaping American history, culture and events through famous astronauts, comedians, jazz, sports, and more.
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”.
Stories & Shadow Puppets
Students will explore shadow puppetry as they create their own stories then perform them. Puppet characters will be created by each child from random shapes, art foam, and other creative materials.
The Tortoise & the Hare
The classic Aesop fable comes to life for students in this tale about the infamous race. The audience helps the race end well and discovers that there are no losers when it comes to friendship.
The Circus of Imagination
Adzooks Puppets will bring ordinary objects to life to perform in a puppet circus. Twenty students will be involved as volunteers, taking center stage alongside the puppets.
Anything Can Be a Puppet
Students will tap into their imagination and creativity and begin an exploration of the world of puppetry as they create and animate a found object puppet.
Major Martin Delany-104th Colored Infantry-1865
Delany was a freeborn in S. Carolina. Because the law prohibited formal education, Delany was self-taught and went on to be a teacher, newspaper publisher, medical doctor, and U.S. military commander. Delany will retell his story during this live fact-based presentation reinforced with audience participation.
Prince Among Slaves
Students will meet Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, a West African Muslim prince and military commander. Rahman was captured by his enemies, sold to slave traders, endured the Middle Passage, and eventually taken to a plantation near Natchez, Mississippi. After 40 years of enslavement, he was freed by order of President John Quincy Adams and continued on to strengthen the abolitionist movement.
Mime's the Word! (Workshop)
Beginning with isolation exercises, Beverly Roche will teach students basic pantomime techniques of non-verbal storytelling such as building walls and climbing ladders.
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
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