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Muse Musical Auditions: The Little Mermaid

Beginning September 26, 2022
Metropolitan Arts Center (next to the Victoria Theatre)

Be a part of one of the largest student productions in the state! The Muse production has opportunities for actor/singer/dancers, musicians and behind-the-schenes production assistants. Complete details and online audition appointments available here!

In-School Performances

Below are the performances that will tour participating schools in the 2022-23 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.

 

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The Motivational Musical

Presented by Elec Simon &. His Band

Inspirational. Motivational. Transformational! That’s what audiences say about Elec Simon’s musically interactive production. He takes students through his personal story of bullying and onto an emotional musical ride with his band! Elec is a ten-year veteran of the world-renowned show Stomp and continues to tour the globe as a musical entertainer. His music and stories will inspire you to believe in yourself, cultivate respect, work together, reach your dreams and live your best life!

Performance Guide

 

 

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The Elixir of Love

Presented by Dayton Opera

Dayton Opera’s Artists-in-Residence present an English version of the comic opera The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti. Sassy cowgirl Adina can’t seem to convince shy ranch hand Nemorino to declare his love for her. But when a rival love interest appears on the scene, Nemorino buys an alleged love potion to win Adina’s heart and… things do not go as expected! The Artists-in-Residence narrate the action, explaining the elements of drama and opera along the way.

Performance Guide

 

 

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Latin USA

Presented by the Latin Music Trio

Latin influences add to the richness of American music and indeed American life. This is reflected in popular entertainment like Encanto, West Side Story and Coco; jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente; popular artists like Carlos Santana — and many more! Musicians and educators Rich Begel, Brian Cashwell and Michael LaMattina will present an incredible array of music from Mexico, the Caribbean, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina that will light up your auditorium!

Performance Guide

 

 

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The Skin I’m In…

Presented by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Using expressive dance accompanied by music, singing, spoken word and student engagement, The Skin I’m In… explores the importance of self-awareness, respect for individualism and the understanding that all voices matter! The acclaimed DCDC dancers present an original program that considers how our individual identities actually affect change throughout culture and society.

Performance Guide

 

 

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Much Ado About You

Presented by Cincinnati Company

The professional actors from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company bring to life one of the Bard’s most beloved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, in a fresh, new way. Beatrice and Benedick are the perfect match — it’s too bad they can’t stand each other! When their war of wits comes to a head, their friends set in motion a series of plots, pranks, plans and ploys to bring them together! Updated for today’s students, who will recognize themselves in the characters and learn it is all Much Ado About YOU!

Performance Guide

Out-Of-School Performances

Below are the performances that Muse Machine members may attend with discounted tickets in the 2022-23 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 Musical: The Little Mermaid

• Presented by Muse Machine at the Victoria Theatre (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Estimated run time 2:30
• Recommended for ages 5 and up
In a kingdom under the sea, a mermaid’s fascination for life on the surface drives her to make a bargain that jeopardizes more than anyone can imagine. A lovably bizarre collection of friends from below and above join in a comic musical adventure to save their worlds. The spectacle, song and dance of one of Disney’s most beloved tales comes to life on stage in The Little Mermaid! Starring an enormous cast of young people from across the Miami Valley, the Muse Machine musical has been praised by The Dayton Daily News as “a performing arts all-star effort,” while The Oakwood Register has called it “an evening of true theatrical joy… ”

The Little Mermaid Study Guide

 

Havana Nights

• Presented by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Sat, Oct 1, 2022
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: TBA
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 steamy Havana.

 

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

• Presented by Dayton Opera & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Sun, Oct 9, 2022
• Recommended for ages 12 and up with parental discretion; includes references to drug use
• Estimated run time: 1:45
While the body of tormented bebop saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker lies unidentified in a New York City morgue, his ghost travels back to the famed NYC jazz club Birdland, where he struggles to complete his final masterpiece. Fusing classical and jazz styles into an intriguing mix, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird is a powerful expedition into the mind, heart, and personal purgatory of the jazz genius.

Study Guide

 

PhilharMonster

• Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Sun, Oct 23, 2021
• Recommended for ages 5-12
• Estimated run time: 1:00
Autumn wouldn’t be complete without a family trip downtown for PhilharMonster. Gasps, giggles, and costumes abound during this afternoon when everyone prepares for the hauntingly hilarious Halloween season. Before the concert, the DPO will provide activities and treats in the Wintergarden. Don’t miss this favorite Dayton annual event!

 

Deadline

• Presented by the Human Race Theatre Company at the Loft Theatre in November, 2022 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 12 and up
• Estimated run time: TBA
A world premiere comedy thriller! Two playwrights are hired to finish a famous mystery writer’s last play following his mysterious death. They find themselves literally sucked into the play, trapped in the very world they are trying to complete, where solving the mystery becomes a matter of life and death. Deadline is a bit of Clue, and a bit of Knives Out, and a lot of fun!

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

• Presented by Dayton Ballet & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Victoria Theatre on Sun, Oct 30, 2022
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:45
October is the perfect setting for Dayton Ballet’s brand-new production of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow. The haunting story of the Headless Horseman comes to life with Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones and the full ensemble of Dayton Ballet, featuring a brand-new original score, performed live by musicians from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra!

 

Pretty Woman: The Musical

• Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center in November, 2022 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 12 and up with parental discretion; includes sexual innuendo
• Estimated run time: 2:30
One of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time is now on stage starring Broadway superstar Adam Pascal and rising star Olivia Valli! The musical features an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton.

 

Step Afrika

• Presented by Dayton Live at the Victoria Theatre on Wed, Nov 9, 2022
• Recommended for ages 5 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:00
Step Afrika! celebrates stepping and traditional African dances, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. Their performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation!

 

Sister Act

• Presented by Wright State University at WSU in November, 2022 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 13 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:20
Brace yourselves for this celebration of the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music. After witnessing a murder, Delores is placed under protective custody in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

Sister Act Study Guide

 

Symphonie fantastique

• Presented by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Nov 18, 2022
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:45
Berlioz’s passion-propelled Symphonie fantastique is dazzling with fiery orchestral colors and effects! Emotions also run high in Shostakovich’s Concerto, which is guaranteed to leave you profoundly moved. Antoine Clark, a rising star among young American conductors, makes his Dayton debut

 

Legally Blonde: The Musical

• Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center in November, 2022 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 12 and up with parental discretion; includes sexual innuendo
• Estimated run time: 2:30
Based on the beloved movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams and proves that you can be legally blonde and still the smartest person in the room.

Legally Blonde Study Guide

 

Hometown Holiday / Amahl and the Night Visitors

• Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra & Dayton Opera at the Schuster Center on Fri, Dec 2, 2022
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: TBA
The Dayton Philharmonic and Dayton Opera join forces to present a holiday spectacular that is sure to fill our hearts with the spirit of the season. On the first half of the program, the Dayton Philharmonic performs a selection of seasonal favorites. After intermission, Amahl And The Night Visitors brings to life the story of three mysterious kings who are following a star to bring gifts to a wondrous child in a fully-staged, brand new production created for Dayton Opera!

Amahl And The Night Visitors Study Guide

 

White Christmas

• Presented by LaComedia Dinner Theatre (Springboro) in December, 2022 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: 3:30-4:00 including meal (actual show runs approximately 2:00)
Based on the beloved film, the story features a pair of army veterans who follow a duo of singing sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. With a series of romantic mix-ups and a dazzling Irving Berlin score including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is a holiday card come to life! Price includes a buffet meal.

White Christmas Study Guide

 

Cinderella (opera)

• Presented by the Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD on Dec 3, 2022 (venue TBA)
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:35
The Met presents this storybook staging of Massenet’s La Centerentola, with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90 minutes format. Live in HD events include a creative workshop for students and a screening of the Met’s lavish production.

Cinderella Study Guide

 

The Nutcracker

• Presented by Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center in December, 2022 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 5 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:45
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

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

• Presented by Sinclair Community College at Blair Hall in December, 2022 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 5-12
• Estimated run time: 1:30
Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story and featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a present that the whole family can enjoy. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they sing, dance and learn the true meaning of Christmas!

Charlie Brown Christmas Study Guide

 

Les Miserables

• Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center in January, 2023 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 12 and up with parental discretion; includes sexual innuendo
• Approximate running time 2:50
Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

Les Mis Study Guide

 

Dayton Ballet’s 85th Diamond Anniversary

• Presented by Dayton Ballet at the Victoria Theatre on Feb 12, 2023
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:30
Dayton Ballet welcomes its 85th season with a sparkling affair. This exciting repertory program includes a brilliant collection of beautiful ballets that showcase the physicality and virtuosity of the full company of dancers who call Dayton Ballet their home.

 

Alice in Wonderland (ballet)

• Presented by the Cincinnati Ballet at the Music Hall (Cincinnati) in February, 2023 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:40
This colorful, humorous interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s trippy story is a visual feast with spectacular sets and over-the-top costumes, accompanied by a buoyant score performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Follow the White Rabbit – but watch out for the Red Queen or it’ll be off with your head!

 

The Mysterious Maestro

• Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and at the Schuster Center on Mar 12, 2023
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: TBA
The Mysterious Maestro is a concert story about a girl who loves to sing but who has moved to a town where music is forbidden! Fueled by the music of composers like Verdi, Mendelssohn and Liszt, she breaks the musical silence with the help of a gossipy rat – and her own passion for grand music!

 

On the Town

• Presented by Wright State University at WSU in March, 2023 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:40
Three sailors wreak havoc as they search for love during a whirlwind 24-hour leave in New York City! Featuring remarkable songs written by Leonard Bernstein.

 

The Hello Girls

• Presented by Sinclair Community College at Blair Hall in March, 2023 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages TBA
• Estimated run time: 2:30
From New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz, America’s first women soldiers served as bi-lingual telephone operators on the front lines, helping turn the tide of World War I. They then returned home to fight a decades-long battle for equality and recognition, paving the way for future generations.

 

Anastasia

• Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center inn March, 2023 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 8 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:30
Inspired by the beloved films, Anastasia transports us from the Russian Empire to Paris, as a brave young woman and her new friends set out to discover the mystery of her past. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

Anastasia Study Guide

 

Swing Is the Thing

• Presented by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Mar 31, 2023
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: TBA
From Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, to Bill Haley and the Comets and Jerry Lee Lewis, the Dayton Philharmonic highlights the biggest dance hits from the 1940s and the 1950s. Swing Is the Thing features two world champion swing dancers and two fabulous vocalists!

 

Falstaff

• Presented by the Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD at Regal Cinema (Fairfield) in April, 2023 (date TBA)
• Recommended for ages 8 and up
• Estimated run time: 3:10
The caddish knight Falstaff is gleefully tormented by a trio of clever women who deliver his comeuppance, in Verdi’s glorious Shakespearean comedy. Live in HD events include a creative workshop for students and a screening of the Met’s lavish production.

Falstaff Study Guide

 

Das Rheingold

• Presented by Dayton Opera & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Apr 16, 2023
• Recommended for ages 8 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:40
Based on Nordic and Germanic myths, Das Rheingold begins when the dwarf Alberich renounces love and steals the magical gold guarded by three nymphs. From this gold he has a ring forged which will give him dominion over the world!

Das Rheingold Study Guide

 

Peter Pan (ballet)

• Presented by Dayton Ballet & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center on Apr 23, 2023
• Recommended for ages 7 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:45
Peter and Wendy take flight right before our eyes in the Schuster Center, joined by the swashbuckling Pirates, the wandering Lost Boys, the menacing Captain Hook and his toothy cohort the Crocodile, and of course, the sparkling Tinkerbell! Dayton Ballet’s trip to Neverland will surely keep us all young at heart!

 

Frozen

• Presented by Dayton Live at the Schuster Center in May, 2023 (see Muse advisor for date and time)
• Recommended for ages 6 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:20
Frozen features the songs you know and love from the original film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical!

Frozen Study Guide