Touring to YOUR School in 2015-2016 - (Click on BRING TO MY SCHOOL above to get on our schedule)
The Sound of Music - Interactive compares the story of the famous musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein and the real life of Maria Augusta Kutschera, upon whose life the musical is based. Using songs and scenes from the classic stage musical, The Sound of Music, students will interact with historically based characters such as Maria and Captain Von Trapp - they'll also play the roles of the Von Trapp children! Students will learn about the history of the musical The Sound of Music and the origins behind the songs performed, which include: "The Sound of Music," "DO-RE-MI," "My Favorite Things," and "Edelweiss."
This special touring program is offered FREE OF CHARGE to interested schools and is underwritten by Devon Energy Corporation. Additional funding provided by McGee Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Allied Arts Education Grant, Oklahoma Arts Council, Boeing, and Sonic, America's Drive-In.
The Sound of Music - Interactive acting troupe will be traveling from September 2015 through May 2016. We are only able to offer performances from 8:00am to 3:00pm; therefore it is important to reserve your show times as soon as possible. The show runs approximately 40 minutes and includes a "Q&A" session with students at the end. In addition to the performance, students will receive a colorful study guide filled with fun facts, puzzles, and historical tidbits. Please keep in mind that the more students we serve, the more funding we receive to continue this free program. Please view this as an "entire school" event.
Lyric’s arts outreach program, Musical Interactive, is a unique touring performance program featuring an original script with select traditional songs that are appropriate for the subject of the production and are recognizable to students. A traveling troupe of actors entertains and educates groups of students about historical facts and figures that surround a historical event or time period. Participation by the students is what makes Lyric Theatre’s Musical Interactive program distinctive. Instead of presenting a show where the actors are the entertainers and the students are the audience, Musical Interactive succeeds in creating a program of which the children feel they are a part. They interact with the students by teaching them dance steps, involving them in part of the storyline, conducting a sing-along and much more. A take-home study guide is also distributed to teachers and students. It includes a more in-depth history lesson along with puzzles, activities and class discussion topics. The program is free of charge to interested Oklahoma schools and is geared towards all grades.
Musical Interactive began traveling to Oklahoma schools in 2007 as a part of Oklahoma’s Centennial celebration. Lyric obtained special grants and in-kind support to tour a modified version of the musical Oklahoma! to schools across the state. The reaction to Oklahoma! Interactive was astounding. By the end of 2007, Lyric had traveled to over 130 different schools across 45 counties in Oklahoma and presented the program to more than 60,000 students. Intended to be a one-semester program, Lyric quickly realized there was a need in the community for such a program to be permanent after receiving an overwhelming response from teachers and students, as well as compiling a wait list of over 50 schools that could not be served within that year.
In seeking long-term funding for the program, Lyric is excited to have forged a partnership with Devon Energy. Having generously supported Musical Interactive since its inception, Devon has generously committed to continue providing a majority of the funding for the program through at least 2015.