Preschool – Grade 12


The Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief

A Musical Theatre Performance for Grades 2-6

Presented by TheatreworksUSA

Monday, November 9, 2015
Loeb Playhouse / Stewart Center / Purdue University
Performance times: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Performance length: approximately 60 minutes
Cost per student: $6


Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.

Actors in "The Lightning Thief" Eric Meyers, Jordan Stanley, Kristin StokesNow Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Curricular Connections

Communication and Language Arts; Literature-Based; Music; Relationships and Family; Social Studies.


The Lightning Thief is an action-packed musical with heroic battles and mythological beasties.” Elizabeth Vincentelli, New York Post


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Enchantment Theatre Company Presents Peter Rabbit Tales base on Th Original Peter Rabbit Books by Beatrix PotterPeter Rabbit™ Tales

A Musical Theatre Performance for Grades Pre-K-4

Performed by Enchantment Theatre Company

Monday, November 23, 2015
Loeb Playhouse / Stewart Center / Purdue University
Performance times: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Performance length: approximately 60 minutes
Cost per student: $6


In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre in collaboration with the Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK, brings her captivating stories to life. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music, the magical, marvelous world of Beatrix Potter comes alive on stage.

Curricular Connections

Literature, Visual Arts and Drawing; Performing Arts: Theater, Music, Dance; Language Arts: Reading and Creative Writing as storytelling with a focus on the concepts of imagination, creativity and problem-solving.


“I tremendously admire the poetry of Miss Potter’s art as she develops this fantastic, realistic, truthful story.” Maurice Sendak, from Caldecott & Co.

Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to SchoolJunie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School

A Musical Theatre Performance recommended for Grades 1-5

Presented by TheatreworksUSA

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Loeb Playhouse / Stewart Center / Purdue University
Performance times: 10:00 AM  (SOLD OUT) and 1:00 PM
Performance length: approximately 60 minutes
Cost per student: $6


Junie B CastNow that JUNIE B. JONES has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes a scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara ‘s popular book.

Curricular Connections

Communication and Language Arts; Literature-Based; Music; Relationships and Family.

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Purdue Convocations education events and scholarship opportunities are made possible with support from:

The Farmers State Bank, Purdue Federal Credit Union, Wilson, Duke Energy, Guido Family Dentistry, Cook Medical, Friends of Convocations




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 2015-16 season include The Lightning ThiefPeter Rabbit™ Tales, and Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School.


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.


Arts Integration is an APPROACH to TEACHING in which students construct and demonstrate UNDERSTANDING through an ART FORM. Students engage in a CREATIVE PROCESS which CONNECTS an art form and another subject area and meets EVOLVING OBJECTIVES in both.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 in a 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.