Out-of-School Performances

Announcing the 2021-2022 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. There are a limited number of tickets available for most shows. Robin will reply to your reservation to confirm actual ticket availability and numbers.

Prices appear on the order form.

Each presenting organization will have their own safety precautions that must be followed. When tickets are sent to you, a message about current precautions will be included. It is likely that mask wearing will be mandated at some performances and Muse Machine strongly encourages mask wearing in public facilities at this time.

Please know that, in most cases, tickets cannot be returned or refunded after the drop date (unless the performance in question is cancelled).

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Muse Musical: The Addams Family

• Presented by Muse Machine at the Victoria Theatre on Jan 14-16, 2022 (see form for times)
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:30
• Drop date: Dec 14, 2021

The Addams family faces many of the same challenges faced by any other—their kids are growing up! Their beloved and macabre daughter Wednesday has fallen in love with a sweet boy from a respectable Ohio family—what could be worse? In one hilarious night, secrets are disclosed and the Addamses must face up to the one terrifying thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change. A story of love and friendship through adversity, The Addams Family is funny, poignant and altogether ooky.

She Kills Monsters

• Presented by Sinclair Community College at Blair Hall Theatre at 7:00pm on Tues, Oct 12, 2021
• Recommended for ages 12 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:30
• Drop date: Sept 14, 2021
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 Theatre at 2:00pm on Sat, Oct 16, 2021
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:45
• Drop date: Sept 14, 2021
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 Center at 3:00pm on Sun, Oct 17, 2021
• Recommended for ages 5-12
• Estimated run time: 1:00
• Drop date: Sept 14, 2021
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
• Recommended for ages 12 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:30
• Drop date: Sept 21, 2021
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 on Nov 5 & 6, 2021 (see form for times)
• Recommended for ages 12 and up with parental discretion; includes sexual innuendo
• Estimated run time: 1:50
• Drop date: Oct 5, 2021
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
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:15
• Drop date: Oct 19, 2021
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
• Recommended for ages 12 and up
• Estimated run time: TBA
• Drop date: Nov 2, 2021
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
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:10
• Drop date: Nov 2, 2021
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 at 7:30pm on Dec 10, 11, 17, 18, 2021
• Recommended for ages 8 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:45
• Drop date: Nov 9, 2021
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 at 7:30pm on Dec 20 & 21, 2021
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:00
• Drop date: Nov 9, 2021
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
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: TBA
• Drop date: Dec 14, 2021
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 at 7:30pm on Jan 26 & Feb 3, 2022
• Recommended for ages 12 and up with parental discretion; contains strong language
• Estimated run time: 2:45
Please note that there is no drop date for Hamilton tickets. After you request tickets, Robin will confirm the actual number of tickets available to you. The number cannot be reduced or increased. Hamilton reservations cannot be accepted after Tues, Sept 14 (or when ticket allotment runs out).
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: A Dayton Opera Premiere

• Presented by Dayton Opera & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Schuster Center at 8:00pm on Fri, Feb 25, 2022
• Recommended for ages 12 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:30
• Drop date: Sept 21, 2021
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
• Recommended for ages 12 and up
• Estimated run time: TBA
• Drop date: Jan 25, 2022
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 on Mar 8, 9 & 11, 2022 (see form for times)
• Recommended for ages 12 and up with parental discretion; contains strong language; addresses issues of anxiety and suicide
• Estimated run time: 2:30
• Drop date: Feb 8, 2022
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
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:00
• Drop date: Feb 8, 2022
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
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:30
• Drop date: Feb 15, 2022
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 at 8:00pm on Mar 18 & 19, 2022
• Recommended for ages 12 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:00
• Drop date: Feb 15, 2022
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
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: TBA
• Drop date: Feb 15, 2022
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 at 8:00pm on Apr 1 & 2, 2022
• Recommended for ages 12 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:00
• Drop date: Mar 1, 2022
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 at 7:30pm on Apr 6 & 7, 2022
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Approximate run time 1:40
• Drop date: Mar 1, 2022
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
• Recommended for ages 12 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:20
• Drop date: Mar 8, 2022
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
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: 2:15
• Drop date: Mar 15, 2022
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
• Recommended for ages 10 and up
• Estimated run time: 1:30
• Drop date: Apr 5, 2022
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.

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Middle school suggestions

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

Muse Machine Musical
Stomp
Cats
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
The Nutcracker
Cirque Dreams: Holidaze
Elton John Tribute
Drum Tao
The Peking Acrobats
Bugs!!
Come From Away
Beatles Tribute
Black Violin

Elementary school suggestions

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

Muse Machine Musical
PhilharMonster: It’s Alive!  Halloween Concert
The Nutcracker (ages 8 and up)
Cirque Dreams: Holidaze
The Peking Acrobats

Literary connections

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

Cats (based on the poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot)

Come From Away (Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock by various authors features a historical narrative of the true events depicted in the musical, interviews with the actual people who inspired the characters and a wealth of behind-the-scenes material)

Dear Evan Hansen (Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel is the expanded novelization based on the original musical; book by Val Emmich in collaboration with the show’s creators)

The Great Gatsby (based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Hamilton (inspired by the biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow)

Performance Etiquette Tips

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