For obvious reasons, the activities and services that Muse Machine provide during the 2020-21 school year will be quite different from other years.
The activities required to create a musical production, such as singing and dancing together in groups, are very high risk — especially when they occur indoors. We must prioritize the well-being of student participants and their families and we will return to our musical and concert as soon as that is safely possible. We’ll provide free virtual workshops with fantastic artists this year — more information will be available here in the weeks ahead!
We plan to resume our other programs in summer and fall of 2021. Below you’ll find general information about our musical and concert, looking forward to a return to the stage in the near future:
To many, Muse is best known for its own productions. Bringing together young people from across southwest Ohio onto one stage results in joyful evenings and introduces thousands of people to Muse each year. The shows pair talented and diverse students with accomplished professional directors, choreographers, musicians and stagehands and are longstanding favorites among Miami Valley audiences.
Among the largest pre professional musical productions for young people in the country, the Muse Machine Musical features between 100-200 students as on stage performers (actor/singer/dancers), musicians and behind the scenes as production assistants. Auditions are open to current Muse members in grades 8-12 and may be open to younger students, depending on the opportunities of each particular show. Detailed audition and interview information is posted online and provided through Muse Machine advisors at the beginning of the school year.
The title of each show is announced in late summer. Auditions begin during the last week of September. Rehearsals begin in mid October. Most of our performers are also in shows at their schools, other orchestras, play sports, etc, and we make every effort to be flexible around students’ other school commitments and to be a complementary experience. Tickets normally go on sale to the public in mid-November through Dayton Live and the musical typically runs for five performances in the first half of January at the Victoria Theatre.Accessibility
Enjoy In The Heights photos, videos, previews/reviews, program info and more on the archive page!In The Heights Archive
The Muse Machine Summer Concert is an original musical revue featuring 100-200 performers in grades 2-12 and many Muse alumni as well, all performing as singers, dancers or in the orchestra. The concert happens in July or early August of alternating years and auditions are typically in early July, with rehearsals beginning days afterward. Tickets generally go on sale in June through Dayton Live.
You may audition for the summer concert if:
• You are an alum of Muse Machine musicals or concerts
• You were a Muse member during the preceding year
• You will be a Muse member in the upcoming year
• You are an elementary school student
The Art of Us: A Dayton Mosaic
September 18 & 19, 2021
Muse Machine will join forces with seven additional performing arts organizations in the Dayton area to showcase and celebrate the incredible talent and creative culture we are so lucky to have in our community. The Art of Us brings together the Bach Society of Dayton, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus, Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic, Human Race Theatre Company and Muse Machine on one stage. The Art Of Us is made possible with generous support from the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts.
More information about this event will be announced in the months ahead.
Introducing Dayton Live
What is Dayton Live and what does it mean to Muse Machine? The Victoria Theatre Association and Ticket Center Stage are now collectively known as Dayton Live. They present many of the events at the Schuster Center and Victoria Theatre (including the Broadway Series) and partner with other arts organizations (like Muse Machine, Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, Dayton Philharmonic and others) to help facilitate our use of the Victoria Theatre, Schuster Center, Loft Theatre and Metropolitan Arts Center. Ticketing for all of those events now occurs through Dayton Live (formerly Ticket Center Stage) in person at the box office located in the Schuster Center lobby, via phone at 937-228-3630 or online at daytonlive.org. You’ll find their website easier to use and more informative. Dayton Live will continue to partner with Muse Machine to provide tickets to great productions which are offered to Muse student members. And the next time you purchase tickets for a Muse musical or concert, you’ll do it through Dayton Live!
Full of singing, dancing and high spirits... we left feeling optimistic about the future of show business and also about life in general.The Dayton Daily News