Theater Performances: In-museum and Outreach

Participate in interactive live theater performances at the Indiana State Museum or in your own classroom. Your students might even 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 site. 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

  • 2020-2021 dates coming soon!
  • Length: 30 min.
  • Minimum/maximum number of students: 15/240
  • Cost: $2/student, $30 fee for less than 15 students

Outreach performance (brought to you) details

  • Dates: Offered Monday-Friday, year-round (except December)
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Maximum number of students: 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. Animal adaptations and the importance of friendship are explored during this interactive show. Students have a chance to participate in the show through puppetry as other Ice Age animals are introduced, including dire wolves, owls and bison.

Grades 3 – 6

Foley Sound: Be Part of the Show!
Learn about sound engineering, the properties of sound and generate sound energy. Find out how the techniques of sound effects, started by Jack Donovan Foley, in the early days of motion pictures and radio translate to today’s media. Students will develop a radio script and perform it on stage in the museum’s auditorium.

Grades 4 – 12

The Liar’s Bench
Three stories – which one is true? Students are divided into teams and challenged to use their deductive powers and teamwork to decide which of the three stories about objects are true. This highly interactive show emphasizes the innovation and ingenuity of Indiana Hoosiers. 

Grades 5 – 12

Love Over Dose (on-site at the museum only)
"Love Over Dose," a special four-day-only theatre performance in conjunction with FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis.

  • Cost: $4/person
  • Length: 60 minutes with Q&A
  • Dates: Fall dates coming soon!
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. OR noon

In the midst of the current addiction and overdose epidemic, Young Actors Theatre (YAT) takes hope from our community’s young people and from the knowledge that students listen best to messages from their peers. With this in mind, YAT joins the Indiana State Museum to present an original play, by youth and for youth, to address the opioid overdose epidemic by preventing drug abuse in middle- and high-school students. “Love Over Dose” shows young audiences that they are capable of making healthy, informed decisions for themselves and inspires them to do just that. Along the way, we provide clear and relevant information on how young people can help prevent abuse and overdoses in their communities.