Student Activities



Dear Evan Hansen Road Trip

“One of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” —The Washington Post

Join Muse Machine to see the Tony and Grammy Award winning musical Dear Evan Hansen! Performance is May 9, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati.

Tickets for the Dear Evan Hansen Road Trip are sold out and all applicants have been contacted.

Behind Dear Evan Hansen: A Guide


Songwriting Workshop with Jess Godwin

Songwriting Workshop with Jess Godwin
Thurs, Oct 11, 4:00–5:15pm
Dayton Metro Library, 215 E Third St, Dayton 45402

Jess Godwin is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Chicago. Her music populates YouTube and television, she’s performed in concert with Kristin Chenoweth and she is a living example of finding creative success by being true to yourself. If you’ve ever made music or you’re interested in trying or you just want a glimpse behind the scenes of how it happens, welcome to this free workshop about songwriting and finding your creative voice!

Register for the Songwriting Workshop here


Muse Machine Musical: Mamma Mia!

Find information about the upcoming musical, including auditions, on the Musicals & Concerts page.

In-School Performances

Below are the performances that will tour participating schools in the 2018-19 season. Your Muse Machine advisors select which performances will appear at your school (all performances may not appear at all schools). Additional links related to the performances will be available below, added throughout the year!


Featuring Chicago-based musician/performer

Jess Godwin
Live electronic looping and soulful piano come together in this upbeat performance that empowers students to accomplish anything themselves! A Chicago-based singer/musician who has performed alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Jess Godwin’s laugh-out-loud journey to becoming a self-made artist teaches students that they don’t need to wait around to create – the technology is right at their fingertips. Selected students will be invited on stage to build the world premiere of their own songs!

Ted Ed Lesson



Featuring Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love only to discover they come from feuding families. In defiance of their lineage, amidst the animosity of friends, and in concealment from their mentors, a young couple risks everything to be together. CSC is proud to present this modern, abridged adaptation to prove its continued relevance in the lives of young and old alike.


Featuring Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
We Rise weaves contemporary dance with music and text as a mirror to society. Sometimes triumphant and other times dark, the American experience has remained hopeful. We Rise offers sensory connection to the human experience through pop culture and the ideas of scholar/writer Bell Hooks, contextualizing American history using social commentary, historical references and voices of change.


Featuring Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Greater Dayton Brass Trio is back and ready for another adventure of eclectic music and edutainment. This time, Brian, Rich and Mary are channeling the MythBusters to test historic musical myths and explore the science of sound. There will be action, there will be great music and there may even be an Elvis sighting!


Featuring Dayton Opera
Join Dayton Opera on the high seas as the Pirate King plots to trap poor Frederic as a member of their crew. Add the “very model of a modern Major General” and Frederick’s love interest, Mabel, and you have rip-roaring and humor-filled mayhem. The four artists-in-residence of Dayton Opera, directed by Luke Dennis, will perform this fast-paced, abridged adaptation.

Out-Of-School Performances

Below are the performances that Muse Machine members may attend via discounted tickets in the 2018-19 season. Your Muse Machine advisors select which performances are available for students at your school (all performances may not be available for all schools). See your Muse advisor to purchase discounted tickets to these great shows!


Muse Machine • Victoria Theatre • Early estimated run time 2:30 

“The sunniest of all musicals – it provides new pleasures every time!”
—Sunday Express

The hit musical unfolds on a Greek island paradise. A mother and daughter’s world turns upside down on the eve of a wedding, in this tale of love, laughter and friendship woven around the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs! Over 60 million people around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, story and music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show!


Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:30 

School Of Rock is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “an inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “Fists of all ages shall be pumping!” Contains some mild adult language.


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company • Victoria Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA 

Love begins with a meeting by a park bench in this evening-length concert featuring dance, theatre and an original score!


Dayton Ballet, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra & Dayton Opera • Victoria Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA 

Dayton Ballet’s Dracula: Bloodlines delves into the tale before the world’s most famous vampire emerged.

Act One will focus on the 15th century prince known as Vlad the Impaler and the events that led to his transformation into the best-known vampire in literary history. Act Two will see the emergence of familiar characters of the classic tale of Dracula, including Lucy, Dr. Van Helsing and Dracula himself.

Guest vocalists from Dayton Opera will share the stage with Dayton Ballet to spotlight the production with gorgeous vocal resonance. The intrigue, shadowing, and mystery of this classic tale is the perfect setting for a story ballet in the haunting month of October. Do you believe in vampires?


WSU Theatre Dept • WSU • Early estimated run time 2:30 

Crazy For You incorporates such beloved Gershwin hits as “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This charming and hilarious romp through the glitzy streets of New York City and the sleepy, one-horse town of Deadrock, Nevada complete with bar fights, chorus girls, love triangles, a British invasion and a case of mistaken identity!


Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 1:40 

The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.


Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA 

Once December comes around… it’ll be that time again. Temperatures dropping, colorful lights on neighbors’ houses twinkling, cookies baking, and mall Santas gathering children’s lists. And it’ll be time for Miami Valley musicians to congregate on the Schuster stage and share the music of the season. And this time of year and this music is only made more special as it is performed by well-loved, local musicians who know the special type of holiday that we celebrate here in Ohio… with snow, hometown blessings and a lot of joy.


Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA 

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra brings together the greater Dayton area’s most gifted young orchestral musicians, providing the opportunity to study and perform a broad range of orchestral repertoire. The DPYO is committed to inspiring an overall cultural awareness and appreciation of music in its members and audiences, strengthening our region’s existing school music programs and helping stimulate interest in the development of school orchestral programs where none exist. This concert collects classical favorites and lets the exceptional talents of this young orchestra shine!


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company • UD Boll Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA 

Set beautifully to dance, The Littlest Angel is the endearing tale by Charles Tazewell about a little boy who enters heaven far too soon. But the gift he offers for the Christ child transforms the meaning of giving and sacrifice. The Littlest Angel is for the entire family and for the child in you.


Sinclair Community College Theatre Dept • Blair Hall Theatre • Early estimated run time 40mins •

First shown as an animated TV special based on Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts characters, this faithful adaptation brings Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang live on stage. This colorful 40-minute production offers a perfect introduction for young children to live theatre. Sunday’s performances will have shadow interpreting, in which interpreters “shadow” the actors, following them onstage while interpreting with sign language.


Dayton Ballet & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 2:00 

Join Dayton Ballet for the breathtaking production of Dayton’s biggest and best holiday performance arts tradition… Dayton Ballet’s beloved The Nutcracker. With magical choreography, delectable sets and stunning costumes, the story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to life this holiday season. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra again takes up residence in the orchestra pit, giving Tchaikovsky’s music the full, rich, gorgeous interpretation that it requires. The elegance, grace and sheer athleticism of Dayton Ballet’s core ensemble and star dancers bring the drama to immediate, colorful life!


Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 2:35 

Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. “Far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR)


Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA 

Cirque Musica’s Crescendo is a symphonic theatrical production combining a stirring musical performance from the DPO with the physical feats of international cirque artists. Cirque Musica has traveled the world blending the majesty of two wonderful artistic traditions: cirque artistry and symphonic music. These renowned physical artists interpret the music as no one else can. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as cirque performers and music soar through the Schuster atmosphere. It will be a feast for both your eyes and your ears!


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company • Victoria Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA 

See works from 10 of the country’s leading black dance companies in one stunning show! International Association of Blacks in Dance in partnership with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents the 2019 IABD Conference & Festival in Dayton in January 2019.


Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 2:50 

Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King And I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. The King And I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).


Sinclair Community College Theatre Dept • Sinclair Black Box Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA 

Much like the movie “Hidden Figures,” this play centers on actual women pioneers of astronomy, who made groundbreaking discoveries in the early 1900s that contribute to our understanding of space. Thursday’s performance will have shadow interpreting, in which interpreters “shadow” the actors, following them onstage while interpreting with sign language.


Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA 

A daughter of Irish immigrants who was raised in New York City, Eileen Ivers started playing fiddle at a young age, eventually winning the All-Ireland fiddle championships… nine times! The Grammy award–winner has performed for U.S. presidents and royalty, and the New York Times has called her “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” She has performed with more than 40 symphonic orchestras and at many renowned folk festivals. Ivers’ newest CD “showcases how Irish music and dance have integrated with various roots music of North America.”


Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA 

Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking comedy centers on the romantic misadventures of Mabel and Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to a band of “reluctant” pirates. Add to that a very model of a modern Major-General, his bevy of beautiful daughters, and a bungling bunch of Keystone Cops–style police, and you have the delightfully wacky operetta that has amused audiences since its 1879 debut. Twists and turns abound, interspersed with some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most delightful melodies.

Join hundreds of Muse students in a Muse Night On The Town –  attendees are encouraged to dress in pirate costume and take photos at the theatre!


Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 2:15 

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.


Human Race Theatre Company • The Loft Theatre • Early estimated run time 2:20 

Jules Verne’s classic tale springs to life in this clever, fast-paced comedy for the whole family. Proper gentleman Phileas Fogg strikes a wager and sets off on a race that puts his fortune and life at risk. With his faithful servant at his side, he has just 80 days to circle the globe – an inconceivable feat in the year 1872! Fierce natives, furious typhoons, runaway trains, a damsel in distress and a dogged detective threaten to delay him at every step in this delightful, whirlwind odyssey that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to unexpected end!


Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA 

Often called “America’s composer,” John Williams has been creating movie music since 1959. Over the years, Williams has won 18 Grammys and had 41 Oscar nominations, with five of those winning – for Jaws, Star Wars (Episode IV), ET, Schindler’s List, and Fiddler on the Roof’s adaptation to film. The soundtrack for Star Wars (Episode IV) is the best-selling score-only soundtrack of all time. The Williams musical magic continued through many blockbuster movie favorites, such as the Jurassic Park series and the Harry Potter films. You’ll certainly feel as though you’ve spent a night at the movies!


Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA 

In March, you’ll enjoy a variety of different expressions of Johannes Brahms’ genius, carefully gathered together like a rare collection of precious gemstones. Neal calls on the prodigious skills of the Orchestra alongside choral forces under the direction of Hank Dahlman, Director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Choir.

The program includes the St. Anthony Chorale, Variations on a Theme, excerpts from The Seven Last Words of Christ, Song of Destiny, Haydn Variations and Brahms’ glorious Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 77. Peek into this treasure chest of riches!


WSU Theatre Dept • WSU • Early estimated run time 2:45 

Winner of four Tony Awards, Stephen Sondheim’s glorious musical masterpiece begins in 1900 Sweden, on a magical night that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student and a buffoonish count find themselves hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs.

Delightful, charming and at times heartbreaking, with gorgeous, lush music, including “A Weekend in the Country,” “Liaisons” and the seminal “Send in the Clowns,” A Little Night Music is a coupling (and uncoupling) tour-de-force.


Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 2:50 

An unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion & the resilience of the human spirit. Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).


Sinclair Community College Theatre Dept • Sinclair Black Box Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA 

A band of Star Wars enthusiasts creates a “can’t-fail,” get-rich-quick scheme to raid Kenner Toys’ secret warehouse and steal all the collectibles they can! Thursday’s performance will have shadow interpreting, in which interpreters “shadow” the actors, following them onstage while interpreting with sign language.


Dayton Ballet & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA 

Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke has her own magical vision of the Sleeping Beauty story, influenced by the artwork of Gustav Klimt. Dayton Ballet presents a classical version of Sleeping Beauty with a few creative twists of our own. This original presentation of this classic tale is draped lusciously in nature, with settings of whimsical gardens and ominous forests, with fairies named after flowers from which they pull their virtues, and even down to the beautiful name of our leading maiden: Briar Rose. Evil enters in the form of a vulture-like forest villain named Cinereous, and one prick of the finger from a black rose turns sweet Briar Rose into our beloved Sleeping Beauty.

With original libretto and choreography by Karen Russo Burke, unique costumes by well-known dance designer Christine Darch, amazing sets by Lewis Folden, and live music from the impeccable Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose takes the stage by storm to steal your heart away.

Free Graeter’s ice cream is served at the Sunday performance.


Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA 

The unique Sundae Classics format features musical examples and explanation by DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman.  This afternoon, Maestro Gittleman and guest rock ensemble Classic Mystery Tour will take you on a very special tour through the Beatles’ classic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Directly following is a casual Q&A and an Ice Cream Social with a free scoop of Graeter’s!

In 1966, the Beatles made the decision not to tour any longer. When the band returned to the studio, they wrote and recorded new music within a new concept. They would not be writing and recording as the Beatles per se, leaving aside all outside expectations. Instead, the music poured forth from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although the album turned 50 in 2017, the music still exudes the joy and innovation (and sometimes whimsy) that listeners first heard back in June 1967. Who can forget “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lovely Rita,” or “A Day in the Life”? Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was a studio-recorded piece without a tour . . . until now. Don’t miss it!

Free Graeter’s ice cream is served at the performance.


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA 

DCDC and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra join forces as former DCDC Artistic Director Kevin Ward creates a new work for the company’s 50th anniversary celebration! DCDC will also revive a classic work to the live accompaniment of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.