A Musical Theatre Performance for Grades K-3

Presented by TheatreworksUSA

Monday, February 27, 2017
Loeb Playhouse/Stewart Center/Purdue University
Performance times: 10 AM and 1 PM
Performance length: approximately 60 minutes

Cost per student: $6

Pete the Cat by Theatreworks USA


When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family, that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth.

As the end of second grade approaches, Jimmy has a lot of tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration.

Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.


Communication and Language Arts, Literature Based, Music, Relationships and Family

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St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Elliott Hall of Music / Purdue University
Performance time: 7:30 PM / Pre-Show Discussion at 6:30 PM (Mechanical Engineering building, Room 1130)
Cost per student: $6

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra on stage


The orchestra returns to Purdue with guest soloist Nikolai Lugansky, who has been among Russia’s most preeminent pianists for nearly 30 years.

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is Russia’s longest-running orchestra and a global ambassador for its rich tapestry of symphonic treasures. Originally commissioned as a private ensemble in 1882 by Alexander III, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra has flourished into a showcase for such esteemed Russian soloists as Sergei Prokofiev, a haven for fiery conductors like Richard Strauss, and the preferred performers of world premieres from such legendary composers as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich. After its towering debut performance here in 2013, the orchestra makes its return to Purdue.

Pre-Show Discussion / 6:30 PM

Nick Palmer, Music Director and Conductor of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, will discuss the evening’s program.


Music, Band, Orchestra

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Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Elliott Hall of Music / Purdue University
Performance time: 7:30 PM / Pre-Show Discussion at 6:30 PM (Location TBD)
Cost per student: $6

Scene from Taj Express


The dazzling sights and sounds will take you on a live cinematic journey of India—evoking Bollywood’s rollicking energy and centuries of Indian culture.

A kaleidoscopic, high-energy fusion of film, dance, and music, Taj Express brings the colorful costumes and boisterous beats of Bollywood to life before your eyes. Having entertained billions worldwide for decades, India’s Bollywood film industry is among the most prolific and profitable production hubs of global cinema. The dazzling sights and sounds of Taj Express take you on a live cinematic journey of India—evoking Bollywood’s rollicking, contemporary energy while respectfully representing centuries of Indian culture. Having earned enthusiastic praise from such Bollywood icons as Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, and Katrina Kaif, Taj Express is the brainchild of sisters Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant—whose grandfather is considered a founding father of Bollywood. From the Oscar-nominated Lagaan to the box-office blockbuster Dhoom 3, the sisters’ choreography has captivated audiences for several generations. In this internationally acclaimed stage production, they weave an intoxicating tale of Varsha, an Indian journalist living in Europe. After traveling home to write a story about Bollywood and discover “The Greatest Indian Love Story Ever Told,” Varsha is swept up in a glittery, joyful musical extravaganza all of her own. Taj Express is loaded with action, romance, comedy, a royal wedding Bollywood-style, and larger-than-life dance numbers set to India’s latest pop hits and its folk-music classics. When you hop aboard the Taj Express, you’ll embark on an exotic adventure that will have your feet moving, your hands clapping, and your heart soaring.

Pre-Show Discussion / 6:30 PM

A member of the artistic staff will discuss the evening’s performance and the Bollywood movie and dance tradition.


Music, Theatre, Indian culture, Film Studies

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Donny McCaslin Quartet

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Loeb Playhouse / Purdue University
Performance time: 8:00 PM / Pre-Show Discussion at 7:00 PM (Stewart Center)
Cost per student: $6

Donny McCaslin Quartet - David Bowie's Blackstar band


The saxophonist and his group surged into the mainstream with David Bowie’s Blackstar. But the jazz world had long known and celebrated the work of McCaslin.

Donny McCaslin and his group surged onto the mainstream’s radar in early 2016 with the surprise release of Blackstar—David Bowie’s brilliant, shape-shifting, and sonically mercurial final album, released just two days before his death. After showing up unannounced to hear McCaslin and his quartet play a set, Bowie handpicked them as his backing band for the Blackstar sessions. By turns seductive, somber, and slinky, the Quartet’s music evolves into as deep a symbol of raucous, ruminative transfiguration on Blackstar as Bowie’s evocative lyrics. But the jazz world had long known and celebrated the work of this three-time Grammy® nominee, given that McCaslin had staked his claim as a unique fixture of New York’s jazz scene for over 20 years.

Pre-Show Discussion / 7:00 PM

Join composer, jazz pianist, and music educator Judd Danby and Don Seybold, host of WBAA’s Inside Jazz, for a discussion about the evening’s performance.


Music, Jazz, Band, Orchestra

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Date and Time by Request Below
Theatrical Presentations for Grades 3-5
Presented by Doyne Carson

In-school residency performances. A limited number of each performance is available to area schools through funding from the Purdue Convocations Bill Edward Wilburn Endowment in celebration of our state’s 200th birthday!

Performance time arranged with artist through Purdue Convocations
Maximum 60 students per performance
Each performance length: 50 minutes


Theatre, English and Language Arts, Social Studies, Indiana History


Doyne Carson: StorytellerIn this exciting dramatic presentation, students are transported through time to meet Abigail Gollaher, a childhood friend of Abraham Lincoln. Abigail recounts the childhood adventures of her brother, Austin, and his best friend, Abe. Each story is based on actual events from the life of Abraham Lincoln. Through these stories, students come to know the one-of-a-kind personality and humor of Abraham Lincoln. As Abigail states, “Behind every man is the boy he used to be.” Your students will see how childhood events shaped and strengthened the character of our nation’s 16th President. This is an opportunity to know the boy behind the man who led the United States away from slavery and toward unity.

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Hurrah for Hoosiers!

There are famous Hoosiers; and there are Hoosiers that are not so famous but who made significant contributions to Indiana, the United States and the world! Doyne offers a variety of short biographical sketches on Hoosiers you may or may not know that made major contributions. Children will have a chance to participate in the storytelling through live action and a drawn story.

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Purdue Convocations education events and scholarship opportunities are made possible with support from:Wilson, Purdue Federal Credit Union, Guido Family Dentistry, The Farmers State Bank


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 2016-17 season include Energy and Electricity presented by ArcAttack, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVEPete the Cat, and Indiana Bicentennial Programs presented by storyteller Doyne Carson.


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.

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