In-School Performances

Reimagining in-school performances in 2020-21

For obvious reasons, the activities and services that Muse Machine provide during the 2020-21 school year will be quite different from other years.

Instead of in-school performances, we will offer free, virtual presentations from some of Muse’s community of artists. Whether they are near or far, big personalities and dynamic ideas can reach through screens to engage students. 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 our in-school performances from the previous season:

In-School Performances 2019-20

Descriptions and details for in-school performances appear below. You’ll also see the button to schedule performances in your high school or middle school (form includes pricing information).

Kick-Off Performance

Presented by 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!

Available Dates: AUG 26-OCT 2

Curriculum Connections: Dance, Music, Cultural Studies, History

Technical Requirements:
1.  A clean performance space no smaller than 32′ by 24′.
2. Clearance to load in/out four platforms (4′ x 8′).
3.  A 25’ extension cord; 50’ for gymnasiums.
4. One private room for artists, appropriate for changing/preparing/waiting (a bathroom is not suitable).
5. Four students who can lift up to 40 pounds to help with load-in upon arrival and load-out following the performance.
6. Three chairs.
7. The performers will arrive between 60-75 mins prior to each performance and will need access to the performance space upon arrival.
8. Blocked off parking area for truck and trailer close to point of load-in.

Performance Evaluation



Presented by filmmaker/performer 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!

Available Dates: OCT 7-18; NOV 11-22

Curriculum Connections: History, Literature, Film, Theatre, Music

Technical Requirements:
1.  A clean performance space no smaller than 20′ by 20′ with at least 11’ clearance.
2.  The darkest performance space available. Due to the use of projections, all ambient and direct light will need to be blacked out prior to the performance for the best viewing experience.
3.  A six to ten foot A-frame ladder.
4.  A 25’ extension cord; 50’ for gymnasiums.
5.  Six students to assist with setup 90 minutes prior to the performance. Student setup typically lasts approximately 20 minutes. Students must be able to lift and carry set pieces of approximately 40 pounds.
6. One to two carts for load-in and load-out.
7.  Two bottles of water.
IMPORTANT: The crew will arrive 90 minutes before the performance. If this arrival time changes, the school or advisor will be notified in advance.

TED-Ed Lesson Performance Evaluation



Presented by 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 Dream combines 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.

Available Dates: OCT 23-31; MAY 4-15

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature, Theatre

Technical Requirements: A cleared 20’ by 20’ well lit space, 2 students to help load in and out. The performers will arrive 60 minutes before the performance.

Ted-Ed Lesson Performance Evaluation



Presented by 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.

Available Dates: Assorted dates in Nov through May

Curriculum Connections: Dance, Music, History

Technical Requirements: An open performance area of no less than 20’ wide by 20’ deep; cleanly swept floors with no nails or protrusions as the performers are in bare feet; a small desk or table; two chairs; access to a nearby power outlet; a 10-20 foot, three-prong extension cord; a sound system with amplifier and full-range speakers capable of both compact disc and iPod functionality (please inform Muse Machine if this system is unavailable); HDMI cable; aux cord; hand-held microphone and a mic stand; music stand; bottled water for 8 dancers; private area for dancers to change (restrooms are not adequate for changing). The company will arrive 30 to 60 minutes prior to the program and will need access to the performance space on arrival.

TED-Ed Lesson Performance Evaluation



Presented by 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!

Available Dates: MAR 9-27

Curriculum Connections: Music, Theatre, Language Arts, French, Italian

Technical Requirements: A clean 20’ by 20’ performance area; a recently tuned piano and bench or a full-size, 88 key electronic keyboard on a stand with a chair; a microphone on a stand; access to a nearby power outlet; room temperature bottled water for five; a microphone for Q and A. The company will arrive 30-40 minutes prior to the program and will need access to the performance space on arrival.

TED-Ed Lesson Performance Evaluation

Performance Space Survey

Advisors: You may have already been asked to respond to a very brief, multiple choice survey about the space where your in-school performances occur. If you have not already taken that survey, you may do so below. We are adding exciting elements to the in-school performances and this information will be tremendously helpful for our new shows – thank you!

The last question will direct you to a particular worksheet. This will be an interesting task for two reliable students with a sizable tape measure and they can complete it in approximately a class period. Use the links below to open and print the worksheet as suggested by your survey. After your students complete the worksheet, you (or they) may conveniently submit measurements below.