In-School Performances

In-School Performances 2022-23

Muse Machine is proud to present the In-School Performances for the 2022-23 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 and frequently-updated available dates).

Information about the current 2021-22 In-School Performance season appears further down the page, below the upcoming season information (look for the green header).

Specific available dates appear on the reservation form:

Schedule In-School Performances 2022-23

 

 

Kick-Off Performance
THE MOTIVATIONAL MUSICAL

Presented by Elec Simon

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!

Scheduling: Available on selected dates Sept-Oct. Please see scheduling form for specific dates.

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts: Music, Social and Emotional Learning

Technical Requirements:
1. A cleared, well lit performance areas no less than 20′ x 20′ (gymnasium is preferred but stage is OK)
2. Cleanly swept floors with no nails or protrusions
3. Access to a nearby power outlet
4. A 10′-20′, three-pronged extension cord
5. A power strip
6. 8-10 folding chairs
7. Hand-held microphone and a mic stand
8. Bottled water for three
IMPORTANT: The company will arrive 45-60 minutes prior to the program and will need access to the performance space on arrival.

Performance Evaluation Performance Guide

 

 

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.

Scheduling: Available on selected dates Oct-Nov. Please see scheduling form for specific dates.

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts: Music and Theatre, Language Arts

Technical Requirements:
1. A cleared, well lit 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.

Performance Evaluation Performance Guide

 

 

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!

Scheduling: Available on selected dates Oct-May. Please see scheduling form for specific dates.

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature, Fine Arts: Theatre and Music

Technical Requirements:
1. A cleared, well lit 20’ by 20’ well-lit performance area
2. One student to help load in and out
3. Sound system with three mics on stands
4. Three music stands
5. Bottled water for three people
6. Two chairs and a small table for props
7. A recently tuned piano and a bench or a full-size, 88 key electronic keyboard on a stand with a chair (keyboardist can bring his own if this is not possible)
IMPORTANT: The company will arrive about 25 minutes prior to the performance time and will need access to the performance space on arrival.

Performance Evaluation Performance Guide

 

 

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.

Scheduling: Available on selected dates Oct-May. Please see scheduling form for specific dates.

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, History, Fine Arts: Dance & Music

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. The entire stage and backstage areas shall be swept and damp-mopped to
remove any debris
4. If performing on a stage, wings need to be cleared of any obstacles
5. If presented on a stage, provide general lighting
6. A small desk or table
7. Two chairs
8. A sound system with amplifier and full-range speakers capable of playing a compact disc and iPod functionality (please inform Muse Machine if this system is unavailable)
9. Hand-held microphone and mic stand
10. Music stand
11. Bottled water for 8 dancers
12. Private area for dancers to change within close proximity to the stage (a dressing room or classroom is appropriate — restrooms are not adequate for changing)
13. Provisions made for close parking spaces to the performance area
IMPORTANT: The company will arrive 30 to 60 minutes prior to the program and will need access to the performance space on arrival.

Performance Evaluation Performance Guide

 

 

MUCH ADO ABOUT YOU

Presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare 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!

Scheduling: Available on selected dates March-May. Please see scheduling form for specific dates.

Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts: Literature, Fine Arts: Theatre and Music

Technical Requirements:
1. A cleared, well lit 20’ by 20’ performance 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.

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In-School Performances 2021-22

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). We are excited to return for live performances and to help contribute to a sense of community at each of your schools through these shared experiences. Of course, artists will observe the COVID-19 procedures which may be in place at each school.

Health & Safety for In-School Performances

 

Kick-Off Performance
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!

Available Dates: OCT 4-29, 2021

Curriculum Connections: Cultural Studies, Literature, Fine Arts: Music & Visual Art

Technical Requirements:
1. Private area for dancers to change (restrooms are not adequate for changing)
2. A cleared, well lit 20’ by 20’ performance space
3. At least 15′ distance between the audience and the stage
4. At least 4 available outlets
5. Bottled water for 2 performers

Performance Evaluation Performance Guide

 

 

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 21-NOV 12, 2021; APR 20-MAY 6, 2022

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature, Fine Arts: Theatre & Music

Technical Requirements:
1. A cleared, well lit 20’ by 20’ performance space
2. At least 15′ distance between the audience and the stage
3. 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.

Performance Evaluation Performance Guide

 

 

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.

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

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, History, Fine Arts: Dance & Music

Technical Requirements:
1. An open performance area of no less than 20’ wide by 20’ deep. If performing on a stage, wings need to be cleared of any obstacles.
2. At least 15′ distance between the audience and the stage
3. Cleanly swept floors with no nails or protrusions as the performers are in bare feet
4. A small desk or table
5. Two chairs
6. A sound system with amplifier and full-range speakers capable of playing a compact disc (please inform Muse Machine if this system is unavailable)
7. Hand-held microphone
8. Bottled water for 8 dancers
9. 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.

Performance Evaluation Performance Guide

 

 

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 24-FEB 4; FEB 28-MAR 11, 2022

Curriculum Connections: History, Science, Fine Arts: Theatre & Visual Arts

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 25’ extension cord; 50’ for gymnasiums
4. Two bottles of water
5. IMPORTANT: The crew will arrive 90 minutes before the performance. If this arrival time changes, the school or advisor will be notified in advance

Performance Evaluation Performance Guide

 

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: FEB 7-25, 2022

Curriculum Connections: History, Science, Fine Arts: Theatre & Visual Arts

Technical Requirements:
1. A cleared, well lit 20’ by 20’ performance space
2. At least 15′ distance between the audience and the stage
3. A recently tuned piano and bench or a full-size, 88 key electronic keyboard on a stand with a chair
4. A microphone on a stand
5. Access to a nearby power outlet
6. Room temperature bottled water for five
7. 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.

Performance Evaluation Performance Guide

 

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.