Touring to YOUR School in 2014-2014 - (Click on BRING TO MY SCHOOL above to get on our schedule)
OKLAHOMA! INTERACTIVE - OKLAHOMA! Interactive tells the story of the journey towards statehood through songs and characters from the classic stage musical, OKLAHOMA! Students will interact with characters such as Curly, Will Parker, and Aunt Eller - they'll also get to be part of a live auction! Students will learn about the history of the muscial OKLAHOMA!, the life of the musical writers, Rogers and Hammerstein, and the relevance behind the songs performed, which include: "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'", "Kansas City" and "Oklahoma!".
Appropriate for grades PreK-5th
SHAKESPEARE SINGS! INTERACTIVE - Lyric's Musical Interactive program explores the similarities between Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Sondheim's West Side Story. Students will learn how Romeo and Juliet became Tony and Maria, the 18th century battling families turned into 1950's street gangs, and how Stephen Sondheim interpreted Shakespeare's romantic tragedy into song and music. The program will contain memorable scenes from Romeo and Juliet intertwining with songs from West Side Story including, "Maria", "Tonight", "Somewhere" and more.
Appropriate for grades 4th-12th
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.
Since 2007, Lyric has developed several different productions of Musical Interactive. Currently on tour, WILL ROGERS Interactive is appropriate for all grades, PreK-12. Older students will come away with a better understanding of the man and his influence on the American people, while younger students may simply enjoy the songs and costumes. In any case, WILL ROGERS Interactive will fit into your school's curriculum on several levels:
- Music, performance, and the arts
- Political history
- Oklahoma state history
- United States history
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.