In-School Performances

Announcing the 2020-21 In-School Performances

Muse Machine is proud to present the In-School Performances for the 2020-2021 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 2019-2020 In-School Performance season appears below, under the upcoming season information (look for the green header).

Schedule 2020-21 in-school performances

 

Kick-Off Performance
TANGLED UP IN YOU: A JOURNEY THROUGH OUR INNER DIALOGUE

Presented by percussionist, performance artist and former member of The Blue Man Group, Steve White and Hip Hop activist Toni Blackman

While there are practically unlimited opportunities to connect with each other—communicating with “friends” we may never have met via social media and technology—we are often judged, praised or analyzed with no physical interaction. Misinterpretations abound! Global percussionist, performance artist and former member of The Blue Man Group, Steve White, teams up with Hip Hop activist Toni Blackman to imagine a way of life without judgement, shaming or pride. Through music, visual art, poetry and student participation, Tangled Up In You is a dynamic program that encourages self-expression and confidence from within!

Available Dates: AUG 24-OCT 2

Curriculum Connections: Music, Cultural Studies, Visual Art, Literature

Technical Requirements: TBA

 

OPERA TAKES FLIGHT

Presented by Dayton Opera

Soar through the world of opera as Dayton Opera’s Artists-in-Residence explore different ways to fly. Winged flight isn’t the only way to take off! Take a flight of fancy or follow a flight of musical notes. This brand-new program will allow students to explore flight through all types of music, including opera, art song and Broadway. Music has always transported the listener to new heights and Opera Takes Flight will be no exception!

Available Dates: OCT 5-23

Curriculum Connections: Music, Theatre, Language Arts, History, Social Studies

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

 

A HARD DAY’S TWELFTH NIGHT

Presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most celebratory plays. Full of love, laughter, poetry, pranks, clowns, capers and more music than just about any other show in the canon. This abridged adaptation will combine original text and songs with some decidedly modern touches, and of course, CSC’s trademark interactive style. We’ll bring the students right into the middle of the action, taking them on a music-filled, whirlwind tour of the wacky town of Illyria, and the even wackier characters who inhabit it.

Available Dates: OCT 26-NOV 6; APR 19-30

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature, Theatre, Music

Technical Requirements:
1. A cleared 20’ by 20’ well lit space
2. Two students to help load in and out
IMPORTANT: The performers will arrive 60 minutes prior to the program and will need access to the performance space on arrival.

 

THE LYRICIST: EVOLUTION OF THE MODERN-DAY POET

Presented by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

From folk musicians using descriptive language in American poetry and song to urban lyricists writing poetic flows to personify figurative language, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will explore popular music forms from free verse to lyrical composition by using contemporary dance to bring life to impactful and empowering words that influence arts and culture.

Available Dates: Selected dates Nov through May (specific dates appear on form)

Curriculum Connections: Dance, Music, Language Arts, History/Social Studies

Technical Requirements:
1. An open performance area of no less than 20’ wide by 20’ deep
2. Cleanly swept floors with no nails or protrusions as the performers are in bare feet
3. A small desk or table
4. Two chairs
5. Access to a nearby power outlet
6. A 10-20 foot, three-prong extension cord
7. 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)
8. HDMI cable
9. Aux cord
10. Hand-held microphone and a mic stand
11. Music stand
12. Bottled water for 8 dancers
13. Private area for dancers to change (restrooms are not adequate for changing)
IMPORTANT: The company will arrive 30 to 60 minutes prior to the program and will need access to the performance space on arrival.

 

LATIN USA

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic

Ricky Martin, Miami Sound Machine, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tito Puente, West Side Story, Coco—and surprises like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones! There are Latin influences throughout American music and indeed American life. This high-energy program asks students to sing and listen for connections between Spanish speaking countries and the USA!

Available Dates: Selected dates Nov through May (specific dates appear on form)

Curriculum Connections: Music, History/Social Studies, Language Arts, World Cultures

Technical RequirementsTBA

 

NOW YOU SEE IT

Presented by filmmaker/performer David Sherman

From the creator of The Magic of Movies comes an all-new eye-popping experience you have to see to believe! Performer and filmmaker David Sherman is back in his most dazzling production that explores how we think, live and communicate in a visual world. From Snapchat filters to special effects, color theory to color blindness, how we see influences our interests and imaginations beyond what is visible to the human eye. Funny, fast-paced and full of student interaction, this multimedia event will give you a fresh look on the way we see the world.

Available Dates: JAN 25-FEB 5; FEB 22-MAR 5

Curriculum Connections: History, Film, Theatre, Science, Visual Arts

Technical RequirementsTBA

 

Schedule 2020-21 in-school performances

 

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).

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

 

Kick-Off Performance
FEET SPEAK

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

 

OZMOSIS

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

 

A MUSE-SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

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

 

THE WOMEN BEHIND KING

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

 

THE CINDERELLA TRILOGY

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 Schedule 2019-20 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.