Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 3:00pm

Inspire and engage your students in and outside of the classroom with the Overture Center. Featuring the best in touring performances, renowned educational lecturers and more, OnStage field trip performances at Overture Center connect to content across the curriculum while offering a diverse range of performing art forms and various cultural perspectives. To deepen the student experience, we provide Resource Guides for each show filled with curricular-focused lesson ideas. Additionally, arts education residencies are available for your classroom taught by local, trained artists, producers, musicians and performers.

Seat and transportation subsidies are available for performances for schools with at least 35% free and reduced lunch status. Please note, seats are limited. All performances are 60 minutes unless noted.

Find out more and book your field trips today at Overture.org/onstage.

Tickets and subsidy funding for seats and transportation are still available for many shows this year, including:


CT NOVEMBER 18, 10 AM & 12:30 PM

Adventure alongside GRAMMY Award winning Americana folk duo Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander for a song-filled exploration of the natural world, inspired by a trek along the Appalachian Trail, a joyous adventure through the American West and more. 

Grades: PreK-5

Arts, Science, Social Emotional, Social Studies


CT JANUARY 11, 10 AM & 12:30 PM

Hailing from Brooklyn, Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group draws from the spiritual and mundane traditions of Africa and its Diaspora in this original dance project inspired by folklorist, novelist, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston.

Grades 4-12

Arts, Social Emotional, Social Studies


OH FEBRUARY 9 & 10, 10 AM

Always a favorite, the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band, led by Conductor Mike Leckrone, treats audiences to a spectacular show of many musical styles from pop to Broadway.

Grades 4-12

Arts, Social Emotional, Social Studies


CT MAR 6, 10 AM & 12:30 PM

Artists from 11 Nile countries creating new music. From resonant harps and ingenious polyrhythms to vocals in more than ten languages, the music sparks cultural curiosity while inspiring, educating and empowering young people to become Nile Citizens.

Grades 4-12

Arts, Science, Social Studies


CT MARCH 27, 10 AM & 12:30 PM

This Dallas Children’s Theater production is an original musical adaptation an African folktale about two children traversing the wilderness in search of the true meaning of beauty. Combining authentic African drumming, choreography and original music, the splendor of Zimbabwe and energy of the African land will burst onto stage in this Caldecott award-winning tale!

Grades 1-7

Arts, English Language Arts, Science, Social Emotional, Social Studies


CT MARCH 31, 11 AM

Performed using overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music inspired by Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. (This performance is 75 minutes.)

Grades 4-12

Arts, Social Emotional, Social Studies


CT APRIL 25, 12:30 PM

This mind-boggling performance has been described as “The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert.” These theatrically trained, comedically-gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

Grades 6-12

Arts, English Language Arts, Social Emotional, Social Studies

NAT GEO LIVE – 75 seats left


CT MAY 3, 11 AM

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading whale photographers, National Geographic photographer Charles “Flip” Nicklin’s  majestic images and audio tracks of singing whales have appeared in numerous publications and television specials. Hear Nicklin’s stories of adventure swimming alongside these awe-inspiring creatures, and discover what makes them among the most magical and mysterious animals on earth.

Grades 5-12

Arts, Science, Social Studies

For a full list of available performances and to make your reservation, visit overturecenter.org/programs/overture-onstage or contact Alanna Medearis, OnStage Coordinator, onstage@overturecenter.org or 258-4165.

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