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The Little Engine That CouldTM Earns Her Whistle

A Musical for Grades K-2

Presented by ArtsPower

Monday, October 14, 2013 / 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM / Long Center for the Performing Arts / Downtown Lafayette, IN
Recommended grades: K-2 / Performance length: 60 minutes
Cost per student: $6

Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track.  But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a main line engine?  ArtsPower’s dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays Watty Piper’s timeless tale about hard work, determination, and the meaning of true friendship.

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Doktor Kaboom! in It’s Just Rocket Science

A Science-Based Show for Grades 4-8

With scientist and comedian David Epley

Monday, November 25, 2013 / 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM / Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center / Purdue University
Recommended grades: 4–8 / Performance length: 60 minutes
Cost per student: $6

Doktor Kaboom! returns with an all-new show! Doktor Kaboom! –a spiky-haired German scientist and sometimes rapper—turns the stage into his own personal laboratory and the audience into his assistants. The boisterous brainchild of scientist/comedian David Epley, explores the unpredictable, entertaining possibilities of scientific exploration. This sidesplitting improvisational, innovative journey into scientific method and application is an experiment in fun that students won’t want to miss! What are the benefits for mankind in exploring space?  Do we need math to travel in space?  What is gravity all about and will it always behave the same way?  What is a hypothesis, and how do scientists work with one?  The most important thing about math is patterns.  Why do they matter?

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Charlotte’s Web

A Play for Grades K-5

Presented by TheatreworksUSA

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 /10:00 AM (SOLD OUT) and 1:00 PM / Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center / Purdue University
Recommended grades: K–5 / Performance length: 60 minutes
Cost per student: $6

TheatreworksUSA’s production of Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte.  Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops!  Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman – she will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.  This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

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Popovich Comedy Pet Theater


Due to health issues, Gregory Popovich must cancel his spring 2014 tour. Purdue Convocations wishes Gregory Popovich a speedy recovery and hopes to have his show back at Purdue in the future.





STREB: Forces

Movement Art that Challenges the Limits of the Physical for All Ages

Performed by STREB Theatre Company

Friday, April 4, 2014 /12:00 PM / Elliott Hall of Music / Purdue University
Recommended grades: All / Performance length: 60 minutes
Cost per student: $6

Elizabeth Streb has been called a “danger-monger,” the Evel Knievel of dance. She blends a choreographer’s passion for pure motion, a scientist’s impulse to harness invisible forces, a stuntwoman’s fearlessness, and a filmmaker’s instincts to spike an audience’s adrenaline. In Forces, this daredevil presents her biggest blockbuster yet. Nine “action engineers” court danger live onstage with acts of derring-do guaranteed to thrill audiences of any age. Marvel as these heroes grapple with gravity, wearing counterweights while climbing three-story walls. See them deftly dodge falling bowling balls and swiftly spinning steel beams. Watch them narrowly avoid bodies ejected by a giant mechanical machine known as the Whizzing Gizmo. In this exhilarating mix of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, circus, and stunt work, there is no safety net. Set aside whatever traditional definition of dance you’ve heard. Forces is an action-packed spectacle of movement and muscle performed before your very eyes.

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Friday, April 4, 2014 / MORNING session from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and AFTERNOON Session from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Purdue University / Elliott Hall of Music
Recommended grades: 4-8
Cost per student: $12 (includes lunch on campus and a discounted ticket to the STREB performance)

An exciting new opportunity for grades 4-8 is now available!  Purdue Convocations and the Purdue Welcome Center invite students to a unique “Campus Experience” in April 2014.  Bring your class to Purdue for an introduction to college life that will include a campus tour, presentation by Purdue students, lunch at the Union, and a performance by STREB at Elliott Hall of Music.  It’s a complete package!  A morning session and afternoon session are available on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited.  If you have questions regarding the full “Campus Experience” for your class, please email kathydietz@purdue.edu for more information.

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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 2013-14 season include The Little Engine That CouldTM Earns Her Whistle, Doktor Kaboom! It’s Just Rocket Science, Charlotte’s Web, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, and STREB: Forces!


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.


In 2007 Purdue Convocations and Lafayette School Corporation became members of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education program. The program focuses on presenting high quality professional development using the arts for area teachers. Our team has presented a series of workshops to introduce an approach to teaching that incorporates the arts across the curriculum. The teaching artists who have conducted the workshops have been selected by the Kennedy Center Touring Programs and Resources group.

The Kennedy Center defines arts integration as follows:

Arts Integration is an Approach to Teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage ina creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.

Our local partnership seeks to give teachers information and new skills in this approach to teaching. In a time when arts education is underfunded, we have found that this approach to teaching helps meet multiple objectives in multiple disciplines in a manner that actively engages students to use body, mind and creativity. Our community benefits from the years of research and development that our national arts resource has devoted to help teachers understand, develop and use the arts in teaching core curriculum. Our students will learn with a greater understanding of how arts are a part of everyday life and will benefit from a more creative and exciting classroom atmosphere.

The following teachers, administrators and Convocations staff members serve on our team:

Laura Clavio
Kelly Coleman
Karen Combs
Judd Danby
Glade Montgomery
Vicki Vaughn
Janell Uerkwitz
Todd Wetzel

All workshops were developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and are partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education; the National Committee for the Performing Arts; the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund; and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.


From the Adjective Monster to Weather and Wind, ARTSEDGE offers lesson plans that will help you integrate arts across the curriculum. These fully developed lesson plans, teaching how-tos, weblinks, artist interviews and many other features are a wealth of information, support sites and teaching research available to teachers free of charge.

The Artful Classroom

This blog is a place where teachers can look for sources and resources, share ideas, learn about what other schools and teachers are doing and discuss the arts integration approach to teaching.