Indiana State Museum Engagement Team

Indiana State Museum Engagement Team


  650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204



Educational Theater & Outreach Performances

Program description

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.

Reptile Theater
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

Indiana Face-to-Face
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.

19 Plays
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.

Booking / scheduling contact

Krystle Mangan


Program detail
Artistic discipline: History & Heritage, Multi-Discipline, Music, Storytelling, Theatre, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin:
Program type: Workshop/Class (In-School), Workshop/Class (Out-of-School)
Population served: Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Adults, Students with Disabilities
Subject: Fine Arts: Music, Fine Arts: Theatre, Fine Arts: Visual Arts, History, Science, Social Studies
Bilingual: Yes
Available dates:

In-museum dates: Offered Tues. – Fri., from Sept. 2018 through May 2019; Outreach dates: offered Mon. – Fri., year-round (except Dec.)

Length of program: 60 minutes
Fees / Ticketing:

In-museum cost: $4 per student or minimum $60; Outreach cost: $150/show; additional performances $100 for the same performance plus travel fees (30-60 miles $20; 60-90 miles $40; 90+ miles $60)


Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes