Theatre Comes to You!

Minnetrista Theatre Preserves provides theatrical performances addressing educational standards. Using props, costumes, sets, and professional actors, MTP weaves stories around textbook subjects that will leave you spellbound and imagining like never before.

There are two ways to experience Minnetrista Theatre Preserves!

At your location:
Minnetrista Theatre Preserves will come to your location. Our van is loaded with sets, props, costumes, music, and actors, all ready to fill your space with interactive theatre experiences. You just provide the space and the audience!

As part of your visit to Minnetrista:
All of the fun of a show at your location, and we provide the space too! Your audience will already be immersed in a topic, now further their experience on the same day with an interactive show.

Shows:

  • In My Hands, In My Heart

Two young men working at the Ball Canning Jar Factory and experiencing 1928 in completely different ways.

Sam Conger works to send his brother through school because of their father’s back injury. Emmett Ray Davis works to give his brother a better life away from Jim Crow laws. They each make a terrifying discovery as they clean the factory floor: a jar molded with the crest of the Ku Klux Klan.  Does Sam report the jar to his manager? Should Emmett hide it?  What might happen if the jar’s maker returns?  Each struggles with how the Klan has affected their town, their work, and their family as they try to decide what to do with their discovery.

‘In my Hands, In my Heart’ takes place in three acts. The first two acts reveal Sam and Emmett’s perspectives on the emblazoned jar and the unique situations of their lives in 1928. In the third act, trained actors lead the audience through a facilitated discussion about the events in the play. Developed in response to the events in Charlottesville in 2017, the show explores historical perspectives and challenges audiences to consider the experience of those whose lives are different from their own. As Emmett’s Momma says, “Ain’t nothin’ in the world look the same from both sides.”

Bring this show to your school or community group and take a look at our Ku Klux Klan Ball Jar. Due to the serious nature of the subject, recommended for ages 12 and up.

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

Available for booking September 24 – June 1

Program Fee: $250 *Discounts available for multiple bookings

Prices are based on performance locations within the East Central Indiana Region. Additional show fees are for same day performances at the same location.

 

  • Clarity

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

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?

Bookings available now through mid-September

What we provide:

  • Highly skilled, Professional Actors
  • A means to grapple with a difficult ethical decision
  • Two historically influenced theatre pieces

What you learn:

  • What life was like in 1920s Muncie
  • What factory work was like in the 1920s
  • How ineffective water runoff can affect the ecology

Program Fee: $400 *Discounts available for multiple bookings

Prices are based on performance locations within the East Central Indiana Region. Additional shows fees are for same day performances at the same location.

 

 

 

  • A Christmas Carol

In 1925, Ball Brothers Company had an edition of A Christmas Carol designed and printed as a gift for friends, family, and employees.  George Ball worked with a designer named Richard Ellis out of New York City to have the book produced. They tucked a little note inside the cover of each book that read:

 Dickens’ Christmas Carol has been called the “greatest little book in the world.” We have had this special edition printed and are sending you a copy. You have read it before? Yes? Well, read it again! Read it out loud with all the family around. Read it every year before Christmas.

 We wish you a very, very Merry Christmas, and, as Tiny Tim says, “God bless us, every one.”

 Ball Brothers Company,

Christmas 1925                                                                                                                            

We are putting our own spin on their suggestion and performing our adaptation of the story. We hope that our version will inspire you to read the book as a family together around the holiday season. Maybe you’ll even want to create your own version of the story!

Available for booking December 1 – 23

Performances are approximately 45 minutes.

Program Fee: $400 *Discounts available for multiple bookings

Prices are based on performance locations within the East Central Indiana Region. Additional show fees are for same day performances at the same location.

 

  • Habit-tat-tat

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?

Available for booking March 25 – May 23

Performances are approximately 45 minutes.

Program Fee: $400 *Discounts available for multiple bookings

Prices are based on performance locations within the East Central Indiana Region. Additional show fees are for same day performances at the same location.

 

 

 

County locations:
Delaware, Blackford, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Wayne

Outside this region?
Contact us for additional pricing details.

To book your Minnetrista Theatre Preserves performance, contact the Theatre Connections Manager at 765.287.3558, or mention you want a theatre show during your next visit.

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