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)
-Furry Tails With A Twist (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
All other locations: In addition to the cost of the performances, other locations must pay a $200 overnight fee $375.00 $300.00 $150.00
Onsite performance (when part of a school tour) $150.00 ------ ------

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


Choose Your Show: 

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

Sept 9 2014-June 7 2015
Grades 6–12 

Two 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. 

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.

Special One Classroom Pricing:

$100 - 50 students max

Common Core Standards

ELA:  SL.6.1; SL.6.2; SL.6.3; SL.7.1; SL.7.2; SL.7.3; SL.8.1; SL.8.2; SL.8.3; SL.9-10.2; SL.9-10.3; SL.11-12.2; SL.11-12.3
History: RH.6-8.5; RH.6-8.6; RH.11-12.8

State Standards

Guidance:   G.9-12.3.3
Social Studies:   SS.USH.4.4;
Fine Arts: Theatre:   TH.6.5.2; TH.6.4.2; TH.

Habit-tat-tat (For Elementary Schools)
Sept 9 2014-June 7 2015
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 large scale puppetry 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

Common Standards

 ELA: K.RL.2; K.RL.3; K.RL.9; 1.RL.2; 1.RL.3;  1.RL.9; 2.RL.2; 2.RL.3; 3.RL.2; 3.RL.3;  3.RL.6; K.SL.1.a; K.SL.2; K.SL.3; 1.SL.1 a;  1.SL.2; 1.SL.3; 1.SL.4; 2.SL.1 a; 2.SL.2; 2.SL.3;  2.SL.4; 3.SL.1; 3.SL.2; 3.SL.3; 4.SL.1; 4.SL.3; 5.SL.1

State Standards:

Science:                       K.4.1; 1.4.2; 1.4.3; 1.4.4; 2.4.2; 2.4.3; 3.4.4; 3.4.6; 4.4.2; 4.4.3; 5.4.2; 5.4.5
Social Studies:          1.2.4; 1.2.5
Language Arts:         K.1.1; K.3.5; 1.2.3; 1.7.1; 1.7.2; 2.3.7; 3.2.2; 3.7.2; 3.7.3;4.7.1; 4.7.15; 5.7.1; 5.7.2

My Plate – The Musical (For Elementary Schools)

Now – June 13, 2014
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

Common Standards

 ELA K.RL.2; K.RL.3; K.RL.9; 1.RL.2; 1.RL.3; 1.RL.9; 2.RL.2; 2.RL.3; 3.RL.2; 3.RL.3; 3.RL.6; K.SL.1.a; K.SL.2; K.SL.3; 1.SL.1 a; 1.SL.2; 1.SL.3; 1.SL.4; 2.SL.1 a; 2.SL.2; 2.SL.3; 2.SL.4; 3.SL.1; 3.SL.2; 3.SL.3; 4.SL.1; 4.SL.3; 5.SL.1

State Standards:

Social Studies:          1.4.4; 2.4.4; 2.4.5; 3.4.2
Reading:                      K.3.1; K.3.3; K.3.5; 1.3.3; 1.7.1; 2.7.13
Science:                       1.6.1; 2.6.2; 3.6.3; 3.4.7; 4.4.9

Furry Tails with a Twist (For Elementary Schools)

A play by Jennifer Hickok DeFratis

June 2, 2014 – June 7, 2015
For Grades Prek-3

Furry Tails with a Twist takes you on an adventure with Sam and Alex—two blundering actors with a scrambled script—as they perform GoldiSOCKS and the Three WOLVES, the Three Billy TROLLS Gruff, and The Three Little BEARS, who battle the Big Bad BILLY GOAT in the end. This play will engage audiences in understanding what elements build a story. Children can get involved in reimagining—by helping deconstruct and reconstruct—three beloved and classic fairy tales. This play will delight audiences with whimsically eye-catching puppets, eccentric costumes, and enchanting sets. 

Performances are 45 minutes—followed by a 15-minute Q & A session with the actors.

What will my students do?

  • Help the characters reorganize and retell three classic fairy tales—Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Three Little Pigs.
  • Play a role in the show by helping shape the stories.
  • Get the chance to become characters in the show.
  • Enjoy outlandish sets, thrilling puppetry, and wacky costumes.
  • Discover various puppet characters and different types of puppets.

What will my students learn?

  • Story structure
  • Writing vocabulary (e.g., protagonists, antagonist, conflict, etc.)
  • Theatrical staging
  • Different types of puppetry


Jill’s GIANT Adventure (For Elementary Schools)
A Minnetrista Original

June 1, 2015–June 4, 2016
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.

The production lasts one hour, which includes a Q&A session with the actors.
This educational and family-fun theatre piece is sure to spark imagination, inspire reading, and give your family something to talk about at the dinner table!