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Rose-Hulman Family Discovery Series Lives Up to its Name
August 26, 2011
Science, technology, music and entertainment are the tools used
to ignite the imaginations of young and old alike for Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology's Family Discovery Series. Shows will
be featured at the Hatfield Hall Theater and community stages.
The series begins with a special appearance from the greatest
inventor of all time, Thomas Edison, at the Terre Haute Children's
Museum. On October 2, children will be able to help Mr.
Edison recreate some of his most famous experiments. Along
the way, Edison shares several secrets that everyone can utilize in
their day-to-day lives: the value of hard work, the value of
mistakes, the value of turning liabilities into assets and the
value of enjoying one's work. The Edison program is free with
admission to the museum.
Then, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean brings its unique black-light
puppet show to Hatfield Hall on October 9. Join Tank, Bubbles
and Dorsel as they set out on a magical undersea adventure.
"It's kind of like a 'Finding Nemo' thing. It's geared
toward younger kids, although all ages will enjoy the creativity of
it," says Performing Arts Series coordinator Bunny Nash.
If you're in the mood for something more "shocking," the
performance of Arc Attack on November 6 may spark your
interest. Two custom-engineered Tesla coils produce
electrical arcs up to 12 feet long, each one acting as an
instrument. It's accompanied by a robotic drum set with
high-powered LEDs flashing bright colors synchronized with each
stroke of the mechanically actuated stick. Live instrumental
performance meets samples of rock, electronica and indie with a
splash of punk and a dash of metal served with a side of pop.
On March 11, Black Violin will bring its blend of classical and
hip-hop music to the Hatfield Hall Theater. Classically
trained musicians Kev Marcus and Wil b, along with their Dj TK,
comprise the group Black Violin. Former high school classmates, Kev
Marcus and Wil b used their musical talents to earn full
scholarships to college. Now, Black Violin wants to make sure
that young people get the same exposure to the arts. The
group is committed to teaching children that classical music is
cool. In keeping with that mission, Black Violin will welcome
the Crossroads of America Youth Orchestra as their opening act.
The season wraps up on March 27 with The Intergalactic Nemesis.
. Over 1200 hand-drawn, full-color, action-packed images come
to life as three actors voice dozens of characters, accompanied by
fantastic sound effects and incredible original music. Audience
members will be transported around the globe and out of this world
in this captivating performance.
In addition to these performances, Rose-Hulman and the Friends
of Hatfield Hall host more than 10,000 area school children for
special school day matinee shows. These presentations are
provided at a low cost to area students.
"There needs to be opportunities to introduce children to the
arts," says Nash.
Tickets and information for Rose-Hulman's Performing Arts Series
are available by calling the Hatfield Hall box office at (812)
877-8544 or visiting the series' website at www.hatfieldhall.com.