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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.

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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.