Out-of-School Performances

Presenting the 2019-20 out-of-school performances

Check out the offerings below—a diverse collection of the most exciting performances from the best arts organizations in town—with schedule details and brief descriptions. From these options, create a season for your own students and reserve your selections.

Prices appear on the order forms.

Ticket reservation for out-of-school performances occurs on a two-part form (they are very brief). Please be certain to submit both parts regardless of your selections:

RESERVE OUT-OF-SCHOOL TICKETS – PART 1 RESERVE OUT-OF-SCHOOL TICKETS – PART 2

 

Muse Musical: In The Heights

• Presented by Muse Machine at the Victoria Theatre on Jan 16-19, 2020
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Approximate running time 2:30
• Drop date: Dec 17, 2019
Among the largest locally-produced musicals in the state, the Muse musical features a young cast, orchestra and crew, working alongside professionals to create a joyous, critically-acclaimed event. For many hundreds of Muse students each year, this can be a perfect introduction to inspiring theatre. Detailed information coming soon.

Peter and the Starcatcher

• Presented by Wright State University at WSU on Oct 2, 4, 5, 2019
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:45
• Drop date: Sept 10, 2019
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 and Tchaikovsky

• Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center on Oct 4 & 5, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:40
• Drop date: Sept 10, 2019
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 on Oct 5 & 6, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:25
• Drop date: Sept 10, 2019
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 on Oct 15, 2019
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:10
• Drop date: Sept 17, 2019
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 on Sun, Oct 20, 2019
• Recommended for ages 5-12
• Estimated running time: 1:00
• Drop date: Sept 17, 2019
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 on Oct 22 & 23, 2019
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:30
• Drop date: Sept 17, 2019
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 on Oct 24 & 25, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:30
• Drop date: Sept 24, 2019
Suitable for the autumn season, Dayton Ballet presents four works honoring the souls of loved ones far and near, including a world premiere to celebrate Día de Las Muertas!

The Wizard of Oz: The Ballet

• Presented by Cincinnati Ballet at the Aronoff Center on Oct 27 & Nov 1, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:00
• Drop date: Oct 1, 2019
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 on Nov 6, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up; contains mild sexual humor
• Estimated running time: 2:35
• Drop date: Oct 15, 2019
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 on Nov 1 & 2, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:00
• Drop date: Oct 1, 2019
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 on Nov 5, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:30
• Drop date: Oct 1, 2019
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 on Nov 9, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up; contains depiction of suicide.
• Estimated running time: 3:12
• Drop date: Oct 15, 2019
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. A free student workshop and free bus transportation are also available!

La Bohème

• Presented by Dayton Opera at the Schuster Center on Nov 15, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:45
• Drop date: Oct 15, 2019
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 on Nov 19 & 20, 2019
• Recommended for ages 6 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:30
• Drop date: Oct 15, 2019
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 on Dec 6, 2019
• Recommended for ages 6 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:30
• Drop date: TBA
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 on Dec 6, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:00
• Drop date: Nov 5, 2019
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 on Dec 7, 2019
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:55
• Drop date: Nov 5, 2019
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. A free student workshop and free bus transportation are also available!

In the Spirit of Abundant Blessings

• Presented by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at the Victoria Theatre on Dec 7 & 8, 2019
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:10
• Drop date: Nov 5, 2019
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 on Dec 13, 14, 20, 21, 2019
• Recommended for ages 8 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:45
• Drop date: Nov 5, 2019
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 on Dec 13, 14, 15, 2019
• Recommended for ages 4-12
• Approximate running time 1:20
• Drop date: Nov 12, 2019
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 on Jan 21 & 22, 2020
• Recommended for ages 14 and up with parental discretion; contains profanity, drug use and adult themes
• Estimated running time: 2:20
• Drop date: Dec 17, 2019
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.

Middle & High School Concert: Music of War, Protest and Revolution

• Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center at 9:45am on Jan 28, 2020
• Recommended for ages 12-18
• Estimated running time: TBA
• Drop date: TBA
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. All schools attending receive accompanying teachers’ notes and bonus lesson plans.

Porgy and Bess

• Performed/streamed by the Metropolitan Opera at the Hollywood Stadium 20 cinema at Fairfield Commons on Feb 1, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up; contains drug use and domestic violence
• Estimated running time: 3:15
• Drop date: Jan 7, 2020
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. A free student workshop and free bus transportation are also available!

Retro/ACTIVE

• Presented by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at the Victoria Theatre on Feb 8 & 9, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:50
• Drop date: Jan 14, 2020
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 on Feb 13-14, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:30
• Drop date: Jan 14, 2020
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 on Feb 18, 2020
• Recommended for ages 6 and up
• Approximate running time 1:55
• Drop date: Jan 14, 2020
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 on Feb 19, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: TBA
• Drop date: Jan 14, 2020
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 on Feb 28, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:30
• Drop date: Jan 14, 2020
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 on Mar 6 & 7, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:00
• Drop date: Feb 4, 2020
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 on Mar 8, 2020
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:00
• Drop date: Feb 11, 2020
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 on Mar 14, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:00
• Drop date: Feb 11, 2020
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 on Mar 22, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:00
• Drop date: Feb 25, 2020
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 on Mar 31 & Apr 1, 5, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:40
• Drop date: Mar 24, 2020
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 on April 1-4, 2020
• Recommended for ages 14 and up
• Approximate running time 1:30
• Drop date: Mar 3, 2020
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 on April 17 & 18, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:00
• Drop date: Mar 17, 2020
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 on April 28, 29, May 3, 2020
• Recommended for ages 6 and up
• Estimated running time: 2:30
• Drop date: Mar 24, 2020 (or Dec 20, see below)
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! Join the search for the Golden Tickets! If you confirm your final orders for this show by Dec 20, 2019, all of your students will receive Wonka candy and mystery envelopes. One student from each school will find a Golden Ticket, and from those students, one will be randomly selected to receive a $200 Ticket Center Stage gift certificate!

Beethoven’s 1st & Stravinsky’s The Firebird

• Presented by Dayton Philharmonic at the Schuster Center on May 8, 2020
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated running time: 1:40
• Drop date: Apr 14, 2020
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!

Middle school suggestions

These performances may be good choices for students in middle school (find details above and on the order form):

Peter and the Starcatcher
Treasure Island
Once on This Island
The SpongeBob Musical
Elf: The Musical
The Magic Flute
The Nutcracker
Middle & High School Concert: Music of War, Protest and Revolution
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Musical World of Harry Potter
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Elementary school suggestions

These performances may be good choices for students in elementary school (find details above and on the order form):

PhilharMonster Halloween Concert
The SpongeBob Musical
Elf: The Musical
The Magic Flute
The Nutcracker (ages 8 and up)
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Literary connections

These performances are based on or inspired by books that may be familiar to your students:

Peter and the Starcatcher (based on Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy)

Treasure Island (based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson)

Once on This Island (based on My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy)

Porgy and Bess (based on the novel by DuBose Heyward)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (based on the story of Joesph and the coat of many colors from the Bible’s Book of Genesis)

The Musical World of Harry Potter (inspired by the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling)

Antigone (written by Sophocles)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (based on the novels Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl)

To prepare your students for out-of-school performances, you are welcome to share Muse’s list of Out-of-School Performance Etiquette Tips with your students and chaperones.

Out-of-School Performance Etiquette Tips

The Metropolitan Opera HD Live in Schools

Muse Machine is the only nonprofit organization in the country that partners with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for the HD Live in Schools program. Through this program, Muse Machine members and their advisors can experience a pre-opera workshop at the Muse Studio and then attend live stream of a Metropolitan Opera performance at a local Miami Valley movie theater. Alternatively, teachers may schedule a pre-opera workshop at their school during the week prior to the opera. From transportation to snacks to ticket, this program is entirely FREE to Muse members and schools.

Any size group of students is welcome to attend this event with an advisor or chaperone. High School students may attend independent of advisor.

 

The Workshops

Prior to the opera, advisors and students join their peers from other Muse schools to participate in an interactive workshop at their own school or at the Muse Studio.  These workshops make the elements of opera and theater accessible and compelling and give students and teachers the opportunity to socialize in a community of Muse Members.

“I felt very well-informed and welcome,” one first-time middle school workshop attendee wrote about her experience.

 

The Livestreams

Students receive free tickets to attend the livestream of the opera they explored in the workshop, performed live by the Metropolitan Opera, at the Hollywood Stadium 20 cinema at Fairfield Commons. Students liked that the broadcast showed the opera singers “up close” and that the filming including behind-the-scenes footage that “showed how they set up the stage.”  Middle school Muse members called their first Live HD in Schools opera experience “beautiful and inspiring” and “amazingly awesome.” One wrote “I liked this so much! You should try it!”

Register your students for a Metropolitan Opera HD Live in Schools workshop and cinema performance