Theatre & Outreach

Theatre Comes To Your School!

Minnetrista Theatre Preserves brings fun and educational entertainment to you! Performances are 45 minutes—followed by a 15-minute Q & A session with the actors. Each show can be performed for up to 250 students.

Minnetrista Theatre Preserves provides theatrical performances addressing educational standards. Using props, costumes, sets, and professional actors, your students will be spellbound as MTP weaves stories around textbook subjects.

Minnetrista Theatre Preserves - FAQ

To book your performance contact:

Josh Moore
Minnetrista's Theatre and Outreach Manager
(765) 287-3529

See Show Descriptions

-Tales From the Mouth of a Ball Jar (For Middle and High Schools)
-Habit-tat-tat (For Elementary Schools)
-My Plate - The Musical (For Elementary Schools)

Combine experiences:

Habitat Hunters + Habitat-tat-tat
Eat Well, Play Well + My Plate the Musical



  School Library Additional Show
County locations: Delaware, Blackford, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph $275.00 $200.00 $150.00
County locations: Indiana: Adams, Allen, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Howard, Huntington, Johnson, Marion, Miami, Rush, Shelby, Tipton, Union, Wabash, Wayne, Wells, Whitely. Ohio: Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, Van Wert $325.00 $250.00 $150.00
Onsite performance (when part of an onsite school tour) $150.00 ------ ------

*The additional show must be a same date and same location performance.

**All other locations please contact Josh Moore.

Choose Your Show:

Habit-tat-tat (For Elementary Schools)

Runs January to end of May
For Grades k - 5

King Gerg’s kingdom is in shambles. In an effort to do something about it, he has sent out three servants to seek stories of true greatness. Today is the day of their return and the day of King Gerg’s retirement. Will the servant’s stories save the kingdom? Will King Gerg do something truly great before he retires? And who will be the next king? With the help of masks and large-scale puppetry, the King and his court explore what it means to be truly great.

Meeting many State Standards and Core Standard,  Minnetrista Theatre Preserves will bring fun and educational entertainment to you! Performances are 45 minutes—followed by a 15-minute Q & A session with the actors.

What will my students do?


  • Join in teaching the King the four elements of a habitat
  • See professional masks and puppets created by one of the Lion King’s puppet creators
  • Utilize their imagination as they experience mask acting
  • Ask questions about theatre, producing a show, and possible careers in theatre
  • Follow characters as they transform into many new and exciting characters

What will my students learn?

  • That food, water, shelter, and space are the necessary elements of a habitat
  • What it means to have character while seeking to do great things
  • What work is needed to make a theatre production exist

State Standards:

ELA: K.RL.2.1; K.SL.2.4; 1.SL.2.4; 2.SL.2.4; 3.SL.2.4; K.SL.3.1; 1.SL.3.1; K.SL.3.2
Science: 1.LS.3; 1.LS.4
Theatre: K.8.1, K.10.1, 1.10.1; 2.10.1; 3.10.1; 5.8.1
Suggested standards: Science (5.LS.2; 6.LS.3)

My Plate – The Musical (For Elementary Schools)

Runs year-round
For Grades k-5

Running from the planet-gobbling alien called GLUT, Captain gNosh of the USS MYPLATE II crash lands his spacecraft on a nearby planet due to a fuel shortage. Fortunately for him, gNosh finds himself in the middle of an Inter-Galactic Farmers Market run by the friendly aliens known as the Nom Noms.  Quickly, gNosh must learn how to fuel up his food powered ship with a balanced nutritional meal if he has any hopes of dueling the GLUT and saving earth from total destruction.  Allow your students to dance, sing, and show gNosh how to balance a healthy plate in this highly interactive theatre production.  This program was developed in conjunction with and the “Let’s Move” intiative.

What will my students do?

  • Dance along with the actors to help fuel the space ship
  • Name different foods in each of the food groups
  • Sing a song about balancing the nutrition
  • Teach Captain gNosh that overeating and eating too much sugar is not healthy
  • Ask questions about theatre, producing a show, and possible careers in theatre

What will my students learn?

  • The five food groups in the My Plate diagram
  • Different foods that go in each of the food groups
  • That too much sugar is not healthy
  • That overeating induces sleep rather than greater energy
  • That half of the plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables
  • That exercise gives you energy and can be a lot of fun

State Standards:

ELA: K.SL.2.4; 1.SL.2.4; 2.SL.2.4; 3.SL.2.4; K.SL.3.1; 1.SL.3.1; K.SL.3.2
Health & Wellness: K.1.1; K.1.2; K.7.1; 1.7.1; 1.8.1; 2.1.1; 3.7.1; 3.7.2; 4.7.1; 4.7.2
Theatre: K.10.1; 1.10.1; 2.10.1; 3.10.1; 5.8.1
Suggested: Theatre (K.8.1)

Jill’s GIANT Adventure (For Elementary Schools)

Runs year-round except June through August
Grades K–5

You know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, now discover Jill’s side of the story! Enjoy a new, enchanting adaptation of this beloved classic. Journey with Jill as she helps her brother, Jack, escape from the giant’s castle. Experience this thrilling adventure with a giant, a beanstalk, and a golden harp.

Through this interactive theatrical production, both Jill and Jack explore their own capacity for courage and empathy as they discover what it really means to be a hero. Jill also learns what skills and resources she needs to handle a bully.

Spectacular sets, interesting characters, and charming puppets engage children and families as their experience this enchanting adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk.

What will my students do?

  • Enjoy this fun adaptation of the original Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Actively participate as a whole and selectively  with responses and actions that aid the characters in the show
  • Help Jill manage her anger
  • Assist Jill with helping Jack escape from the giant
  • Enjoy outlandish sets, thrilling puppetry, and wacky costumes.

What will my students learn?

  • Appropriate methods in handling anger
  • What defines bullying behavior
  • Skills and tools they can use when they or someone they know is targeted by bullying
  • The difference between passive voice, aggressive voice, and assertive voice

State Standards:

ELA: K.SL.2.4; 1.SL.2.4; 2.SL.2.4; 3.SL.2.4; K.SL.3.1; 1.SL.3.1; K.SL.3.2
Theatre: K.10.1; 1.10.1; 2.10.1; 3.10.1; 4.2.2; 5.8.1
Guidance: K-2.1.5; K-2.1.6; K-2.1.7; K-2.3.2; K-2.3.3; K-2.3.4; K-2.3.5; K-2.3.6; 3-5.3.10; 3-5.3.11
Suggested: Theatre (K.8.1)

Tales from the Mouth of a Ball Jar (For Middle and High Schools)

Runs year-round except June through August
Grades 6–12 

Four solo performances of separate stories are told about different Ball jars. Meeting many State Standards and Common Core Standards, Minnetrista Theatre Preserves will move your students through these powerful, engaging, thought-provoking performances. The pieces can exist as individual 20-minute shows for one classroom or combined as a 45-minute performance for a school assembly. To enhance the student’s experience, after the show there will be a 15-minute talkback session where the students will be able to reflect and discuss the concepts presented in the performance.

Working Man’s ResponsibilityA young worker at the Ball jar glass factory discovers a jar with the crest of the Ku Klux Klan. All he wanted to do was finish his shift to go out with his friends, but now he must decide how to resolve a moral dilemma. Having family members both in the Klan and against the Klan, the boy must decide how to handle his discovery. Does he report the jar to his manager and run the risk of creating animosity with his peers? Sam’s struggles show the audience how the Klan affects his town,  his work life, and America as he deals with his personal conflict of how to handle this one jar he never wanted to find. 

State Standards:

US History: 8.1.28; USH.4.2; USH.4.3; USH.4.4
Theatre: 4.1.1; 4.1.3; 4.2.1; 4.2.2; 5.8.1
Suggested: History (USH.3.9)

Bounty- Lillian is working in her kitchen, alone, during the worst of the Great Depression.  Intent on canning all of the foods her family will need for winter,  she is faced with how to use the jar she received at church.  She was told to fill the jar with some of the food she had in order to stock the stores of the local orphanage.  Can Lillian afford to give the little food that she has to other children, when her own might go hungry? Students explore the Great Depression through the struggles that one mother must face.

State Standards:

US History: 8.1.28; USH.4.5; USH.4.6; USH.4.7
Theatre: 4.1.1; 4.1.3; 4.2.1; 4.2.2; 5.8.1

Clarity (For Elementary and Middle Schools)

Grades 4–6

A 1930’s teen is thrilled when he lands a job at the local factory dumping wastewater into the river. When he finds his favorite watering hole full of dead fish he begins to wonder if he has a part in it.  Jimmy loves fishing and is proud when he is able to feed his family from his evening catch, but he also loves bringing home a paycheck. Is it possible that the two ways he provides for his family are at odds? How do you choose? Does he even have to? Jimmy struggles with his role in larger community issues and must make a choice about what it means to
be responsible.

Purity (For Middle School)

Unable to make enough money for his family by farming, the prohibition has driven the prices up enough on Verl’s moonshine business that his family can live comfortably on the proceeds. But could Verl live comfortably with risking others’ lives? While he makes excellent moonshine, your liquor is only as good as the water you make it with, and Verl has noticed something strange about the water lately. With the factories dumping chemicals in the water, could his product be tainted? Verl wrestles with his choice to be a prohibition era moonshiner.  Should he provide for his family in this way knowing there is a chance it could injure others?

State Standards:

Science: 6.LS.4
History: 8.1.28; USH.4.2; USH.4.3
Theatre: 4.1.1; 4.1.3; 4.2.1; 4.2.2; 4.2.3; 5.8.1

Special One Classroom Pricing:
$100 - 50 students max