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.

 

  • Little Red Riding Hood

Most folks are familiar with the classic Brothers Grimm story, Little Red Riding Hood. Over the years there have been many reinterpretations of the beloved faerie tale. Minnetrista Theatre Preserves have developed a performance that attempts to understand and harmonize the many different versions that have emerged from a variety of different cultures. Embarking on a journey to deliver canned goods to her grandmother’s house, Red meets a writer with a terrible case of writer’s block. Together the two of them explore the diverse interpretations of Little Red Riding Hood, including a brand new version set in space!

The production is inspired by the imagination of Elisabeth “Betty” Ball and her historic book collection. Throughout her life, she collected all sorts of different versions of faerie tales from different cultures. She even wrote her own faerie tales, poems, and plays. When you see our Little Red Riding Hood, we hope that you are inspired to make your own version or maybe you want to make a completely new story!

Available for booking May 24 – August 3

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 765.287.3529.

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