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Information about the 2021-22 Muse Machine musical coming soon!

In-School Performances

Below are the performances that will tour participating schools in the 2021-22 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.

TANGLED UP IN YOU: A JOURNEY THROUGH OUR INNER DIALOGUE

Presented by Steve White & Wunmi

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! Percussionist, performance artist and former member of global phenomenon The Blue Man Group, Steve White, teams up with performer/songwriter Wunmi (called “an African superhero of funk and fire”) 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!

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.

DEFINING A CULTURAL LANDSCAPE: THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

Presented by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

At the intersection of the Great Migration, the Depression and the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance marks a moment in history that gave birth to a cultural explosion. This era embodied poetry and prose, visual art, jazz, theatre and dance. The Harlem Renaissance gave rise to African American artists like Langston Hughes, one of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry; musicians such as Duke Ellington; and modern artists including Jacob Lawrence. These collective voices influenced and shaped America’s social, artistic and cultural landscape.

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.

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!

Out-Of-School Performances

Below are the performances that Muse Machine members may attend with discounted tickets in the 2021-22 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 if you’d like to see a specific show, for performance date or other info or to purchase discounted tickets!

MUSE MACHINE MUSICAL

Presented by Muse Machine at the Victoria Theatre (see Muse advisor for date and time) • Estimated run time TBA • Recommended for ages TBA

Information about the upcoming Muse Machine musical coming soon!

SHE KILLS MONSTERS

Presented by Sinclair Community College at Blair Hall Theatre at 7:00pm on Tues, Oct 12, 2021 • Estimated run time 1:30 • Recommended for ages 12 and up

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games! In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with dangerous fairies, nasty ogres and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

STOMP

Presented by Dayton Live at the Victoria Theatreat 2:00pm on Sat, Oct 16, 2021 • Estimated run time 1:45 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans and more fill the stage with energizing beats at Stomp, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm!

PHILHARMONSTER: IT’S ALIVE!

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Centerat 3:00pm on Sun, Oct 17, 2021 • Estimated run time 1:00 • Recommended for ages 5 and up 

Maestro Neal Gittleman has once again combed through his music archives for the spookiest-sounding tunes, which are not only fun for young people but also introduce them to the excitement and wonders of the world of classical music!

THE ELIXIR OF LOVE

Presented by Dayton Opera & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center at 8:00pm on Sat, Oct 23, 2021 • Estimated run time 2:30 • Recommended for ages 12 and up

The lighthearted romantic comedy The Elixir of Love is reimagined in a contemporary setting that is sure to intoxicate all audiences. This elixir proves that true love is the most powerful potion of all!

Elixir of Love Study Guide 1 Elixir of Love Study Guide 2

MAMMA MIA!

Presented by Wright State University at WSU (see Muse advisor for date and time) • Estimated run time 1:50 • Recommended for ages 12 and up with parental discretion; includes sexual innuendo

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise—an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

Mamma Mia! Study Guide

CATS

Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center at 7:30pm on Tues, Nov 23, 2021 • Estimated run time 2:15 • Recommended for ages 10 and up 

Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

Cats Study Guide

HOLIDAY POPS

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center at 7:30pm on Fri, Dec 3, 2021 • Estimated run time TBA • Recommended for ages 12 and up 

A joyful celebration spotlights professional singer and knockout performer Shayna Steele, who visits Dayton from the Big Apple to jazz up the holidays in the Gem City with favorite festive carols and dazzling holiday classics.

THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER

Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center at 7:30pm on Fri, Dec 3, 2021 • Estimated run time 2:10 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

Through this remixed and reimagined version of the classic, a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow take audiences on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

THE NUTCRACKER

Presented by Dayton Ballet at the Schuster Center (see Muse advisor for date and time) • Estimated run time 1:45 • Recommended for ages 18 and up

Join little Clara as she drifts into restless slumber, where she meets the sparkling Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. An enormous cast dances to live music performed by the Dayton Philharmonic in this holiday tradition!

Nutcracker Study Guide

CIRQUE DREAMS: HOLIDAZE

Presented by Dayton Live at the Victoria Theatre (see Muse advisor for date and time) • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

A fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters come to life presenting an elaborate wonderland. Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry create the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

REMEMBER WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG: THE ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center at 8:00pm on Sat, Jan 22, 2022 • Estimated run time TBA • Recommended for ages 10 and up

Craig A. Meyer is considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the market, whose strong vocals, striking resemblance and amazing talent on the piano has audiences everywhere celebrating his work!

HAMILTON

Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center (see Muse advisor for date and time) • Estimated run time 2:45 • Recommended for ages 12 and up with parental discretion; contains strong language

Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

Hamilton Study Guide

FINDING WRIGHT

Presented by Dayton Opera & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center at 8:00pm on Fri, Feb 25, 2022 • Estimated run time 2:45 • Recommended for ages 12 and up

A story of human connection and emotion, centering on the life of Katharine Wright, sister of brothers of flight Orville and Wilbur Wright. Dayton Opera is thrilled to announce a world-premiere opera created and presented by a team of four of the most talented individuals in the today’s opera world, all of whom just happen to be women!

INSIDE OUT

Presented by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at the Victoria Theatre at 7:30pm on Feb 26, 2022 • Estimated run time TBA • Recommended for ages 12 and up

If we learned anything during 2020, we’re reminded that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Three world premiere works explore life in a new world.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center (see Muse advisor for date and time) • Estimated run time 2:30 • Recommended for ages 12 and up with parental discretion; contains strong language; addresses issues of anxiety and suicide

The winner of the Grammy Award, the Olivier Award, and six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The New York Times calls it “a gorgeous musical for anyone with a beating heart.”

Dear Evan Hansen Study Guide & Resource Guide

DRUM TAO

Presented by Dayton Live at the Victoria Theatre at 7:00pm on Thurs, Mar 10, 2022 • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 10 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.

THE PEKING ACROBATS

Presented by Dayton Live at the Victoria Theatre at 7:30pm on Wed, Mar 16, 2022 • Estimated run time 1:30 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

The Peking Acrobats perform daring maneuvers accompanied by live musicians who play traditional Chinese instruments. High-tech special effects and awe-inspiring acrobatic feats create an exuberant entertainment event with the festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival.

BEETHOVEN 7 AND STRAUSS

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center (see Muse advisor for date and time) • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 12 and up

Paired with Strauss’s virtuosic Concerto, you may feel like dancing in the aisles when you hear Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, fairly whirling with rhythmic drive and vibrant energy. Musicologist Ernest Newman summed it up simply as “a divine intoxication of the spirit.”

BUGS!!

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Dayton Ballet II at the Schuster Center at 3:00pm on Sun, Mar 20, 2022 • Estimated run time TBA • Recommended for ages 10 and up

Featuring music and dance for creeping, crawling and adorable insects of all sorts, this family concert will showcase the student musicians and dancers of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

APRIL FOOLS AND GENIUSES

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center (see Muse advisor for date and time) • Estimated run time 2:00 • Recommended for ages 12 and up

In her DPO debut Aleksandra Kasman, a 2019-20 Young Artist in Residence of NPR’s “Performance Today,” solos in Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. The USSR was “holding its breath,” awaiting Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony, expecting a glorification of Stalin. (Isn’t that what a Ninth Symphony is supposed to be?) Instead, it’s a poke in the tyrant’s eye. Happy April Fools’ Day, Joseph!

COME FROM AWAY

Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center (see Muse advisor for date and time) • Estimated run time 1:40 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

Come From Away takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed but music soared into the night. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”

Come From Away Study Guide

THE GREAT GATSBY

Presented by Dayton Ballet at the Victoria Theatre at 7:30pm on Fri, Apr 8, 2022 • Estimated run time 2:20 • Recommended for ages 12 and up

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic is brought to life by the wonderful dancers of Dayton Ballet in the historic Victoria Theatre. So dust off your flapper dress or grab your top hat, baby, and join Dayton Ballet for a roaring good time.

REVOLUTION: THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES

Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center at 8:00pm on Sat, Apr 16, 2022 • Estimated run time 2:15 • Recommended for ages 10 and up

The Beatles come to life in Revolution, a symphonic tribute to the Fab Four, featuring top vocalists and musicians. With hundreds of rare and unseen photos alongside stunning video and animation, Revolution takes audiences on a magical musical and visual journey of The Beatles.

BLACK VIOLIN

Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center at 7:30pm on Fri, May 6, 2022 • Estimated run time 1:30 • Recommended for ages 10 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.