Theater Performances: In-museum and Outreach

Engage in conversation with Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Say by participating in interactive live theater performances in your own classroom. Your students will find themselves in the thick of the action! These programs are offered as an add-on to a field trip or can be brought to your school organization. Learn more below or in our downloadable PreK-12 Education Program Guide.

Get Started
To schedule an educational theater or outreach performance, contact Krystle Mangan, program and schedule manager, at 317.509.7679 or

Educational theater (in-museum) details

  • Dates: Offered Tuesday through Friday from September 2018 through May 2019, excluding December
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Minimum/maximum number of students: 15/240
  • Cost: $4 per student or minimum $60

Outreach performance (brought to you) details

  • Dates: Offered Monday through Friday from September 2018 through May 2019, excluding December
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Minimum/maximum number of students: 15/50
  • Cost: $150/show; additional performances $100 for the same performance
  • Travel fees: 30-60 miles $20; 60-90 miles $40; 90+ miles $60


PreK – Grade 2

Fred the Mastodon 
In this lively puppet show meet Fred the Mastodon, an Ice Age mammal who wanders the Indiana landscape searching for his herd. Audience members have a chance to participate in the show as other Ice Age animals including dire wolves, owls and bison.

Reptile Theater 
Fickelsteen Frog, a reporter for The Daily Croaker, has been assigned a feature story — he is looking for the answer to the question: What is a reptile? He wanders the countryside searching for reptiles and to find out what makes them tick.

Grades 3 – 12

Indiana Face-to-Face
This unique experience offers two live performances in one 45-minute presentation. Choose from Levi Coffin, Elwood Haynes, Thomas Say, Johnny Appleseed, Sully the Irish Canal Worker and Young Abe Lincoln. A question-and-answer session is included in the program.

Grades 4 – 12

The Liar's Bench 
Bovine hairballs? Vern’s Varmint Trap? A cotton mill cog from the 19th century? What does the word 'Hoosier' really mean? The audience is divided into teams as students vie to be the first to decide if, for example, that strange-looking contraption is really a pasta holder from a South Bend restaurant or a miniature golf ball display piece.

On The Air: The Hoosier Hour 
World War II is brought to life through the antics of the folks at radio station WISM as they attempt to struggle through their weekly broadcast of songs, skits and commercials with the specter of food and gas shortages, staff shortages and the ever-present war. 

19 Plays 
These interactive one-act and vignette theater pieces highlight notable Hoosiers of the past 200 years. Create an hour-long presentation that covers 200 years of Indiana’s statehood with topics including young Abe Lincoln, Tomas Say, Amanda Way, Eugene Debs, the first pro baseball game and others. Scripts will be made available for a pre-visit workshop if educators would like a more hands-on experience.