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Feet Speak Dance Workshop

Saturday, September 21
Two workshops: 9:00am-noon (grades 6-8) and 1:00-4:00pm (grades 9-12)
Optional free lunch provided noon-1:00pm
Muse Studio, Metropolitan Arts Center
126 N Main St, Dayton OH 45402 (next to the Victoria Theatre)

Feet Speak brings together three seriously remarkable dancers, presenting intensely exciting dance while bringing all of us on board to experience it with them. Spend an afternoon learning to communicate through dance with Christopher Erk (Tap Dogs, Tap Factor), Derick Grant (Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk) and Jabu Graybeal (“the next generation of tap”—DanceSpirit Magazine).

The workshop is open to Muse members in high school and middle school. Everyone is encouraged to attend, including those with no prior dance experience!

Wear hard sole shoes (do not wear tap shoes).

The entire workshop is free, including lunch!

Register

 

Muse Machine Musical:
In The Heights

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 2019-20 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!

FEET SPEAK

Featuring acclaimed tap dancers Christopher Erk, Derick Grant & Jabu Graybeal
You think you know tap dance, but you have no idea! Awaken your inner tap dancer in Feet Speak! Through interactive storytelling, dance and music, international tap dance performers Christopher Erk (Tap Dogs, Tap Factor), Derick Grant (Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk) and Jabu Graybeal (“the next generation of tap”—DanceSpirit Magazine) bring to life the captivating movements and lessons of iconic masters and a global community who speak with their feet!

OZMOSIS

Featuring performer/filmmaker David Sherman
From the classic book series and countless film adaptations, to the Broadway blockbusters including Wicked and The Wiz, Ozmosis will unlock the secrets behind the world of Oz. From the Scarecrow to the Yellow Brick Road and every Munchkin in between—find out where the characters and concepts really began. David Sherman—who brought you The Magic of Movies—once again lights up the stage with music, projections, student interaction and the magic of Oz. You won’t want to miss this high-energy dive into the fantasy and mystery of America’s most celebrated fairytale, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year!

Ozmosis: More to Explore

A MUSE SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Featuring Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
“Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be!” Experience Shakespeare’s most popular and enduring comedy as you’ve never experienced it before. This playfully interactive, abridged reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dreamcombines movement and music with the magic of Shakespeare’s words, transporting the audience to a fairy-filled forest where anything can happen. The immersive storytelling style, innovative staging and contemporary nods will give students a whole new perspective on Shakespeare and allow them to experience a true masterpiece of comedy from the inside out.

THE WOMEN BEHIND KING

Featuring Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Many historical narratives minimized the contributions of women during the civil rights movement. In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s inclusiveness, interpretative dance will shed light on their contributions that helped to support King’s enduring legacy.

THE PUPPET POETRY SLAM

Featuring Zoot Puppet Theatre
This performance dynamically interprets a range of poems that express the human experience—from humor to reflective solitude to joyful community. The poetry of Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Edgar Allan Poe and many more will be brought to life through Zoot Theatre Company’s artistically engaging puppets and masks.

THE CINDERELLA TRILOGY

Featuring Dayton Opera
Dayton Opera takes on the classic fairy tale—times three! Hear the story told through Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Massenet’s Cendrillon and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Performed by the four artists-in-residence, this enchanting production will be filled with magic, disguises, true love and a royal ball!

Out-Of-School Performances

Below are the performances that Muse Machine members may attend via discounted tickets in the 2019-20 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!

IN THE HEIGHTS

Presented by Muse Machine at the Victoria Theatre • Estimated run time 2:30 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

“When this musical erupts in one of its expressions of collective joy, the energy it gives off could light up the George Washington Bridge for a year or two!”
—The New York Times

Information coming soon.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Presented by Wright State University at WSU • Estimated run time 2:45 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

From pirates and jungle tyrants to unlikely comrades and heroes, this prequel to Peter Pan playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Winner of numerous awards, including five Tony Awards.

BEETHOVEN’S 5TH & TCHAIKOVSKY

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 1:40 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

Nothing says “classical music” like the opening of Beethoven’s most famous work. Add Tchaikovsky’s lush, romantic piano harmonies and this concert is sure to be a feast for the senses. Featuring Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear.

A BYRD’S EYE VIEW

Presented by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at the Victoria Theatre • Estimated run time 1:25 • Recommended for ages 13 and up 

DCDC presents two classic works by world-renowned choreographer Donald Byrd, including “Harriet Tubman Remix” and “The Geography of the Cotton Field.”

TREASURE ISLAND

Presented by Sinclair Community College • Estimated run time 2:10 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

Filled with unforgettable characters including Long John Silver, the most famous pirate of them all, Treasure Island comes alive for the whole family as an epic theatrical adaptation of one of the world’s great adventure stories.

PHILHARMONSTER HALLOWEEN CONCERT

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 1:00 • Recommended for ages 5-12

Gasps, giggles and costumes abound this afternoon when everyone prepares for the hauntingly hilarious Halloween season. Before the concert, activities and treats will be provided in the Wintergarden.

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

Presented by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 1:30 • Recommended for ages 10 and up 

The Tony Award-winning tale of a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, she sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

PHANTOM DANCES

Presented by Dayton Ballet at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 1:30 • Recommended for ages 13 and up 

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!

THE WIZARD OF OZ (BALLET)

Presented by Cincinnati Ballet at the Aronoff Center • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

Dazzling sets, costumes, special effects and flying monkeys—the regional premiere of this magical ballet features music by Matthew Pierce. Celebrate 100 years of Oz with this new retelling of the beloved tale.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Presented by Wright State University at WSU • Estimated run time 2:35 • Recommended for ages 13 and up; contains mild sexual humor

The charmingly creepy clan faces a new nightmare: daughter Wednesday has fallen in love… with a nice young man from Ohio! This wickedly funny musical conjures the irreverent spirit of the comics while illustrating that beyond the unknown, love and acceptance await.

SOMETHING WONDERFUL: THE SONGS OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

The two legends of Broadway’s golden age live again! Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals didn’t just entertain, they sent theatergoers out of the auditorium singing, whistling and excited to hear music again!

BLACK VIOLIN: IMPOSSIBLE TOUR

Presented by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 1:30 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

Black Violin is composed of two violists who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” Black Violin has shared stages with artists including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty.

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Performed/livestreamed by the Metropolitan Opera at the Hollywood Stadium 20 cinema at Fairfield Commons • Estimated run time 3:12 • Recommended for ages 13 and up; contains depiction of suicide.

Puccini’s tragedy follows the love between an American naval officer living in Japan and the doomed geisha his friend has supplied him. The great Plácido Domingo makes his role debut as Sharpless in Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favorite. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

LA BOHÈME

Presented by Dayton Opera at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:45 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

Love blossoms amid the celebrations and hardships of a group of young Bohemians renting a Parisian loft. You’ll leave knowing why La Bohème remains Puccini’s most popular work and ranks in the world’s top three opera favorites. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

Presented by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:30 • Recommended for ages 6 and up

This first musical in a pineapple under the sea comes to us from a remarkable group of creators and a songwriting team including David Bowie, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Aerosmith and others. After a string of awards and reviews like, “Brilliant!” (New York Times), this is the heartfelt, crazy musical no one may have expected!

ELF: THE MUSICAL

Presented by LaComedia Dinner Theatre • Estimated run time 2:30 • Recommended for ages 6 and up

Buddy is an orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Buddy embarks on a journey to NYC to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help everyone remember the true meaning of Christmas! Price includes buffet meal and beverages for a complete dinner-and-a-show evening!

A CELTIC TENOR CHRISTMAS

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

The world-class Celtic Tenors perform holiday traditions, Irish favorites, classical arias and popular songs that consistently bring audiences around the world to tears, to laughter and to their feet.

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Performed/streamed by the Metropolitan Opera at the Hollywood Stadium 20 cinema at Fairfield Commons • Estimated run time 1:55 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

Join the prince Tamino on his quest to save the princess Pamina. His journey will bring him into contact with a host of unforgettable characters and creatures. Over the course of his adventures, the prince must solve strange riddles and learn that there can be no heroism without the help of true friends. Performed in an abridged English-language version and featuring a cast of larger-than-life puppets.

IN THE SPIRIT OF ABUNDANT BLESSINGS

Presented by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at the Victoria Theatre • Estimated run time 2:10 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

This celebration of the African-American church gathers together the best singers from community churches, live musicians and the company dancers for a program exuding flair, energy and spirit.

THE NUTCRACKER

Presented by Dayton Ballet at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 1:45 • Recommended for ages 8 and up

Join little Clara as she drifts into restless slumber amidst tiny tin soldiers and menacing rodents, floats dreamily among the snowflakes and is escorted to the Land of Sweets by her handsome Cavalier, where she meets the sparkling Sugar Plum Fairy!

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Presented by Sinclair Community College • Estimated run time 1:20 • Recommended for ages 4-12

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life on stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.

RENT

Presented by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:20 • Recommended for ages 14 and up with parental discretion; contains profanity, drug use and adult themes

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

MUSIC OF WAR, PROTEST & REVOLUTION

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time TBA • Recommended for ages 12-18

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents a musical experience that students will carry back into the classroom to enhance discussions and deepen their thinking. This concert will focus on music composed in response to social and historical events in four different centuries: a 16th century freedom movement, an 18th century job walkout, the War of 1812/Napoleon and the 20th century Civil Rights movement.

PORGY AND BESS

Performed/streamed by the Metropolitan Opera at the Hollywood Stadium 20 cinema at Fairfield Commons • Estimated run time 3:15 • Recommended for ages 13 and up; contains drug use and domestic violence

An English-language opera written by George Gershwin, one of America’s leading purveyors of popular song and featuring an entirely African American cast, Porgy and Bess offered audiences in the 1930s a completely new idea of what opera could be. The opera’s beating heart is the romance between Porgy, a kind, disabled beggar, and Bess, a beautiful, strong-willed woman determined to break free from addiction and abuse to find true happiness. Sung in English.

RETRO/ACTIVE

Presented by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at the Victoria Theatre • Estimated run time 1:50 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

DCDC’s winter concert features Vespers (a touching testimony to womanhood), On The Wings Of Angels (a soaring tribute to the Tuskegee airman) and Indestructible (a celebration of the endurance of those who struggle for justice).

LOVE VIGNETTES

Presented by Dayton Ballet at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 1:30 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

Two of the most famous operas come to life on stage in a new and unexpected way—through the power of dance. Featuring excerpts from Carmen and Madama Butterfly, has heartbreak ever been so beautiful?

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

Presented by Sinclair Community College • Estimated run time 1:55 • Recommended for ages 6 and up

This multi award winning show follows the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers. After being enslaved and imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he strives to resolve Egypt’s famine and reunite with his family.

WE SHALL OVERCOME

Presented by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Victoria Theatre • Estimated run time TBA • Recommended for ages 13 and up

This stirring production ties together gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals – from Aretha Franklin to Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder, from spirituals to The Wiz. Performances are interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

 

LA CENERENTOLA (CINDERELLA)

Presented by Dayton Opera at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:30 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

Set a classic children’s tale to Rossini’s sparkling music, and what do you get? Join countless audiences who have tapped their toes and rocked with laughter at opera’s most madcap romp through this familiar French children’s story. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Students are encouraged to dress in costume!

FIEDLER’S FAVORITES FEATURING RHAPSODY IN BLUE

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

Beloved conductor Arthur Fiedler brought light classical and popular songs of the day to the public in an informal atmosphere. The DPO pays musical tribute to the man who made orchestral pops a nationwide sensation!

THE MUSICAL WORLD OF HARRY POTTER

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 1:00 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra takes its audience on a journey into the witchcraft and wizardry of The Musical World of Harry Potter, featuring the music of John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat!

DRUM TAO 2020

Presented by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Victoria Theatre • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

Drum Tao showcases the ancient art of Japanese drumming through combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals.

OPERA STAR: ANGEL BLUE

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

From London to the Met, Angel Blue is quickly establishing herself as one of the best vocalists of her generation. Don’t miss your chance to see her grace the stage of the Schuster Center in 2020.

SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL

Presented by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 1:40• Recommended for ages 13 and up

She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who broke through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.

ANTIGONE

Presented by Sinclair Community College • Estimated run time 1:30 • Recommended for ages 14 and up

The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in Sophocles’s classic drama. The daughter of Oedipus, Antigone is a pioneering heroine who pits her beliefs against the king. What follows is an intense exploration of humanity, morality and justice that leaves few unharmed.

HAVANA NIGHTS

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

The sizzling Latino beat entices people to at once embrace and defy tradition, to loosen up and get a little crazy. Singer Camille Zamora joins the Mambo Kings for a fusion of classical Spanish with Afro-Cuban rhythms that will whisk you out of your seat to wild Havana!

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Presented by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:30 • Recommended for ages 6 and up

Roald Dahl’s treasured tale is now Broadway’s Golden Ticket! Featuring songs from the original film alongside a new score from the songwriters of Hairspray! Experience the wonders of Wonka like never before: the Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more at this everlasting showstopper!

BEETHOVEN’S 1ST & STRAVINSKY’S THE FIREBIRD

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center • Estimated run time 1:40 • Recommended for ages 13 and up

Beethoven’s First Symphony (believed to have been written in his 20s) brims with explosive energy. Stravinsky’s legendary The Firebird Suite has been featured in Fantasia 2000 and many other movies and sports programs!