Butler Arts Center

Butler Arts Center

Since 1991, the Butler Arts Center has presented curriculum-based, culturally diverse, fully accessible, and age appropriate performances and programs to all-aged audiences.  Live performances and programs enrich audiences with a variety of learning styles and approaches, exposing and introducing students to specific art forms (dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and media).  At the Butler Arts Center, our commitment is to providing a positive artistic experience through live performance, ultimately educating while entertaining.

Attending a performance or program is more than a day at a performance hall or theatre.  Experiencing it LIVE allows new ways of thinking about our lives and our world.  Having a story or book come to life on a stage inspires us to look at and engage with the characters and setting.  Audiences who see live science demonstrations or historical re-enactments connect action and images to deeper understandings of the content.  Bringing literature and school curriculum to life in front of students make challenging subjects more accessible and real.  When attending a live performance, we are encouraged to imagine, create, innovate and unite as we share a similar experience and connection with others.

Teachers share how their students continue to talk about attending a live matinee performance, months or even years after visiting the Butler Arts Center.  Over ONE MILLION students, teachers and guests have attended matinee performances at the Butler Arts Center since 1991. Can you imagine over a million people talking about live performances they have experienced?  Perhaps YOU have visited Clowes Memorial Hall to witness a LIVE performance or program.  Chances are you have!




  4602 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208



The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

Program description

When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic inter-planetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system… Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in Theaterworks USA’s musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.

Booking / scheduling contact

Donna Rund



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-Discipline, Storytelling, Theatre
Cultural Origin:
Program type: Field Trip
Population served: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
Subject: Fine Arts: Theatre, Language Arts, Social Emotional Learning
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Friday, January 17, 2020

Available times:

10:00 AM


Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler Arts Center, Butler University

Fees / Ticketing:
  • School Registration Price: Student $8.00, Adult $15.00
  • Public Ticket Price: $15.00

*Scholarship applications for schools are available until October.


Standard 2 - Earth & Space Science
RL.4 – Connection of Ideas: Build comprehension and appreciation of literature by connecting literary elements and themes and analyzing how sensory tools impact meaning
SL.1 – Learning Outcome for Speaking and Listening: Develop and apply effective communication skills through speaking and active listening
SL.2 – Discussion and Collaboration: Develop and apply reciprocal communication skills by participating in a range of collaborative discussions
SL.3 – Comprehension: Develop and apply active listening and interpretation skills using various strategies
SL.4 – Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas: Develop and apply speaking skills to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of situations
Anchor Standard 7 – Perceive and analyze artistic work: Theatre artists reflect to understand the impact of drama processes and theatre experiences.
Anchor Standard 8 – Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work: Theatre artists’ interpretations of drama/theatrical work are influenced by personal experiences and aesthetics.
Anchor Standard 10 – Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art: Theatre artists allow awareness of interrelationships between self and others to influence and inform their work.
Anchor Standard 11 – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding: Theatre artists understand and can communicate their creative process as they analyze the way the world may be understood.
Anchor Standard 11 – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding: Theatre artists critically inquire into the ways others have thought about and created drama processes and productions to inform their own work.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: 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
Cancellation Policy

If a school is cancelled/delayed due to inclement weather on the day of the performance, or an unforeseen circumstance occurs that does not allow your school to attend, please contact the Clowes Hall front desk at (317) 940-9697 after 8:30 AM the morning of the performance. The Education staff is not in their offices on matinee performance days and will not be able to respond quickly to email or their office phone. We will be able to credit your account toward a future matinee performance. Refunds are given if an event is cancelled by the Butler Arts Center.