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FlatStanley_thumbThe Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

A Musical for Grades K-4

Presented by Dallas Children’s Theater

Monday, November 17, 2014
Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center / Purdue University
Performance times: 10:00 AM ( 10Am Sold Out) and 12:45 PM
Performance length: 65 minutes
Cost per student: $6

Description: Jeff Brown’s book “Flat Stanley” celebrates its 50th anniversary as a family classic. The musical stage adaptation has followed in its footsteps receiving national critical acclaim. “What I love about the show are all the teachable moments that don’t feel like lessons,” says DCT’s guest director Michael Serrecchia. “It’s a fun, Broadway-style musical comedy about the value of being different and the importance of family.”

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Alvin_ThumbThe Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

A Theatrical for Grades 3–12

Created by Tim Watts (Australia)

Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30, 2015 ( 1/30 Sold Out)
Lafayette Theater / downtown Lafayette, IN
Performance times: 12:00 pm (noon)
Performance length: 60 minutes, with Q&A
Cost per student: $6

Description: Seas have risen. Billions have died. Alvin Sputnik is our only hope for survival. In this highly imaginative fusion of puppetry, live-action performance, animation, and music, Australian master storyteller Tim Watts spins the tale of deep-sea explorer Alvin Sputnik. Alvin plumbs the seemingly endless depths of the ocean—as both a last-ditch effort to save mankind and an impassioned search for his lost love. This quirky and uplifting, funny-yet-thought-provoking story explores love, loss, and heroism in a post-apocalyptic world—a stunning spin on Orpheus’s descent into the underworld to search for Eurydice and a remarkable pocket masterpiece of invention, staging, and performance. Direct from its spectacular successes at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and runs in New York, Sydney, and Auckland—where it won multiple awards—this piece of heartwarming “theatrical magic” (The Sunday Mail) is a one-man micro-epic about enduring love and the end of the world “…akin to a theatrical ‘WALL-E.’ ” (The New York Times).

AWARDS: Winner *Outstanding Solo Show* – New York Fringe Festival; Winner *Best Theatre Production* – Auckland Fringe; Winner *Best Puppetry* – Adelaide Fringe; Winner *Best Male Performer* – Dublin Fringe

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education_images_PopovichPopovich Comedy Pet Theater

A Comedy Performance for all ages

With Gregory Popovich and his cast of jugglers, clowns, 15 house cats, 10 dogs, 4 geese, 8 white doves and 2 parrots

Monday, February 9, 2015
Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center / Purdue University
Performance times: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Performance length: 60 minutes
Cost per student: $6

Description: A family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Moscow Circus star performer Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Rescued from animal shelters, each of the show’s cats and dogs were once strays. Now, they love to show off onstage, performing a variety of stunts and skits. It’s a show full of European-style clowning, amazing juggling and balancing acts!

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UglyDuckling_thumbThe Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare

An Electrical Experience for Grades K–4

Presented by Corbian/Lightwire Theater

Monday, February 23, 2015
Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center / Purdue University
Performance times: 10:00 AM (10AM Sold Out) and 1:00 PM
Performance length: 55 minutes, with Q&A
Cost per student: $6

Description: Hot on the heels of their breakout performance on America’s Got Talent, Lightwire Theater brings new life to a pair of classic tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” and Aesop’s fable, “The Tortoise and The Hare.” Lined with electroluminescent wire, these well-known characters continue the Corbian tradition as they beautifully illuminate the stage and dazzle audiences of all ages.

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These matinees give area schoolchildren the opportunity to attend a performing-arts presentation in a theater and, for many students, serve as an introduction to live performance. Featured performances for the 2013-14 season include The Little Engine That CouldTM Earns Her Whistle, Doktor Kaboom! It’s Just Rocket Science, Charlotte’s Web, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, and STREB: Forces!


Some artists bring their talents directly to local schools. These performances or master classes help us reach many additional area students through the arts—allowing them to ask questions of the artists and get to know them as people as well as performers.


Purdue Convocations wants to ensure that every student has access to performing-arts events. Our scholarship program helps remove economic barriers that prevent students from attending Convocations events by providing scholarships that subsidize tickets and transportation to student matinees and placing artist residencies in schools with demonstrated economic need.


In 2007 Purdue Convocations and Lafayette School Corporation became members of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education program. The program focuses on presenting high quality professional development using the arts for area teachers. Our team has presented a series of workshops to introduce an approach to teaching that incorporates the arts across the curriculum. The teaching artists who have conducted the workshops have been selected by the Kennedy Center Touring Programs and Resources group.

The Kennedy Center defines arts integration as follows:

Arts Integration is an Approach to Teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage ina creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.

Our local partnership seeks to give teachers information and new skills in this approach to teaching. In a time when arts education is underfunded, we have found that this approach to teaching helps meet multiple objectives in multiple disciplines in a manner that actively engages students to use body, mind and creativity. Our community benefits from the years of research and development that our national arts resource has devoted to help teachers understand, develop and use the arts in teaching core curriculum. Our students will learn with a greater understanding of how arts are a part of everyday life and will benefit from a more creative and exciting classroom atmosphere.

The following teachers, administrators and Convocations staff members serve on our team:

Laura Clavio
Kelly Coleman
Karen Combs
Judd Danby
Glade Montgomery
Vicki Vaughn
Janell Uerkwitz
Todd Wetzel

All workshops were developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and are partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education; the National Committee for the Performing Arts; the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund; and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.


From the Adjective Monster to Weather and Wind, ARTSEDGE offers lesson plans that will help you integrate arts across the curriculum. These fully developed lesson plans, teaching how-tos, weblinks, artist interviews and many other features are a wealth of information, support sites and teaching research available to teachers free of charge.

The Artful Classroom

This blog is a place where teachers can look for sources and resources, share ideas, learn about what other schools and teachers are doing and discuss the arts integration approach to teaching.