In-School Performances

Announcing the 2019-20 In-School Performances

Muse Machine is proud to present the In-School Performances for the 2019-20 season. Find the descriptions and details below. You’ll also see the button to schedule performances in your high school or middle school (form includes pricing information).

Information about the current 2018-2019 In-School Performance season appears below, under the upcoming season information.

Schedule 2019-20 in-school performances Tips for Advisors Preparing for In-School Performances

 

Kick-Off Performance
FEET SPEAK!
Featuring tap dance performer/choreographer Christopher Erk with additional performers

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 performer and choreographer Christopher Erk—alongside additional performers—brings 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: Coming soon

 

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!

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

Available Dates: (subject to change): NOV 1, 6, 15, 20; DEC 4, 6; JAN 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 31; FEB 5, 7, 14, 19, 21, 28; MAR 11, 20, 25; APR 3, 8, 17, 22; MAY 1, 6, 8, 13, 15

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.

 

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.

Available Dates: Wednesday mornings or Friday mornings and afternoons NOV 6-APR 29

Curriculum Connections: Literature, Theatre, Language Arts

Technical Requirements: Coming soon

 

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!

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.

2019-20 IN-SCHOOL PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

The most recently updated available dates/times always appear on the In-School Performance reservation form.

Feet Speak! (Kick-Off Performance) • Christopher Erk with additional performers
AUG 26-OCT 2

Ozmosis • David Sherman
OCT 7-18; NOV 11-22

A Muse-Summer Night’s Dream • Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
OCT 23-31; MAY 4-15

The Women Behind King • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
NOV 1, 6, 15, 20; DEC 4, 6; JAN 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 31; FEB 5, 7, 14, 19, 21, 28; MAR 11, 20, 25; APR 3, 8, 17, 22; MAY 1, 6, 8, 13, 15 (DCDC dates subject to change)

The Puppet Poetry Slam • Zoot Puppet Theatre
Wednesday mornings or Friday mornings and afternoons NOV 6-APR 29

The Cinderella Trilogy • Dayton Opera
MAR 9-27

Schedule 2019-20 in-school performances

2018-19 In-School Performances

Muse Machine is proud to present the In-School Performances for the 2018-19 season. Find the descriptions and details below. You’ll also see the button to schedule performances in your high school or middle school (form includes pricing information).

Schedule 2018-19 in-school performances In-School performance evaluation Tips for Advisors Preparing for In-School Performances

Kick-Off Performance
NOBODY BUT YOU: UNLEASHING THE POWER OF YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF
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!

Available Dates: OCT 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 19

Curriculum Connections: Music, Language Arts, Wellness

Technical Requirements: A cleared 20’ by 20’ well-lit space, 2 students to help load in and out, access to a 3 pronged power strip during the performance. Bottled water for two. This performance works best with students seated as close as possible to the performer. The performer will arrive 30 to 60 minutes prior to the program and will need access to the performance space on arrival.

Introduction Evaluation Ted Ed Lesson

 

 

ROMEO AND JULIET
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.

Available Dates: OCT 1, 2, 3, 8, 9; APR 22, 23, 24, 29

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, 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.

Introduction Evaluation Ted Ed Lesson

 

WE RISE
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.

Available Dates: OCT 10, 19, 24; DEC 7; JAN 25; FEB 13, 22; MAR 13, 22; APR 5, 10; MAY 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

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.

Introduction Evaluation

 

 

MUSICAL MYTHBUSTERS
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!

Available Dates – Mornings Only: OCT 9, 19, 23, 26; NOV 6, 20; DEC 4, 7, 11, 14, 18; JAN 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 25, 29; FEB 1, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26; MAR 22, 26, 29; APR 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 30; MAY 3, 7, 10, 14, 21, 24

Curriculum Connections: Music, Science, History

Technical Requirements: A clean 20’ by 24’ well-lit performance area; one student to help load in and out; sound system with three mics; six music stands; bottled water for three; three armless chairs and a small table for props. The performers will arrive about 25 minutes prior to performance time and will need access to the performance space on arrival.

Introduction Evaluation TED Ed Lesson

 

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
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.

Available Dates: JAN 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28; FEB 4

Curriculum Connections: Music, Theatre, Language Arts

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. 

Introduction Evaluation Ted Ed Lesson

2018-19 IN-SCHOOL PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

Nobody But You (Kick-Off Performance) • Jess Godwin
SEP 5-7, 10-14, 17-21; OCT 8-12, OCT 15-19

Romeo And Juliet • Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
OCT 1-5, 8-12; APR 22-26, APR 29 – MAY 3

We Rise • DCDC
OCT 10, 19, 24; NOV 2, 7, 16, 28; DEC 5-7; JAN 16, 25, 30; FEB 8, 13, 22, 27; MAR 13, 22, 27; APR 5, 10; MAY 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

Musical Mythbusters • Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Tuesday & Friday mornings, OCT – MAY

The Pirates Of Penzance • Dayton Opera
JAN 10-11, 21-25; JAN 28-31; FEB 1; FEB 4

 

Schedule 2018-19 in-school performances

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.