July 5, 2017

2017–2018 DUKE ENERGY

The Ogle Center — Southern Indiana’s center for the performing and visual arts on the campus of Indiana University Southeast in New Albany — is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 Duke Energy Children & Family Series.

The Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast is dedicated to delivering arts, educational, and cultural programs to the children and families of our area. “The Children and Family Series has introduced thousands of children to not only quality educational and arts programming, but for many of these children it is their first time to step foot onto a college campus,” says Kirk Randolph, Ogle Center director.

This year we are happy to announce that Duke Energy is partnering with the Ogle Center to bring exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) performances to the Children & Family Series thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation of $17,500. “Anytime we can engage and inspire students is a good day,” said Lisa Huber, Duke Energy community relations manager for Southern Indiana. “As a state and nation, we need to encourage more students to pursue careers in fields such as science, technology, engineering and math. It’s a priority of the Duke Energy Foundation.”

“Through this additional support from Duke, more than 16,000 students, parents, and teachers from around our community will have the opportunity to participate in this year’s programs,” said Randolph.

With additional support from the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, the Harrison County Community Foundation, and Indiana University Southeast, we are able to offer every seat free of charge for this series.

While all performances are free, advance registration is required.

Reservations can be made by completing a reservation request on the Ogle Center’s web site at To request a reservation form by mail, call the Ogle Center ticket office at (812) 941-2525 or send an e-mail to



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

Recomended for grades K-6

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Dr. Insecta has enthralled audiences of all ages across America! Experience real entomology magic as Dr. Insecta introduces you to some of the largest live insects on the planet. Bug Lab is an interactive enrichment program that entertains, educates and desensitizes fears we have about these incredible creatures that let us share in their world.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 | 10 a.m. only

Recommended for grades K-3

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Miss Nelson’s class is the worst behaved in the whole school. Spitballs flying across the room, paper airplanes sailing every which way, and uncontrollable children send the gentle, long-suffering teacher, Miss Nelson, over the edge. The students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson goes missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a scary substitute teacher who assigns mountains of homework and wields her ruler like a sword! The students set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson, but will they ever get her back? This musical, based on the much-loved classic book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, teaches important lessons about appreciation and respect.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

Recommended for grades K-5

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Unlike any Science Comedy show on the high-seas today, “Pirate School: The SCIENCE of Pirates!” excites and motivates students grades K-5 with piratical fun while introducing simple concepts outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards.

Historically, seafarers have pushed science and technology forward and who better to captivate and expand children's horizons than the swaggering staff of Pirate School!? Concepts addressed will include atmospheric pressure, wind and currents, aerodynamics of a sailboat (Science), simple machines (Engineering), navigation (Math), and of course the flight of a cannonball (Technology).

Combining important educational subjects with the universal dream of swashbuckling adventure, this program aims to stir the spirit and galvanize attention with a mischievous blend of interactive clown theater, eccentric props, adept magic, a rich musical score, cartoon-like sound effects AND SCIENCE!

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

Recommended for grades 4-8

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Explore the wonders of the solar system by traveling at the “speed of thought” in this interactive performance that takes families and young audiences on a virtual tour across the universe.

Based on the educational television show that airs on 144 public television stations nationwide, Janet’s Planet fans are in for a real treat as they see the galaxy from Janet’s futuristic Mission Control. The live show engages and challenges young minds while inspiring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) potential in every student. Janet’s Planet promotes critical thinking, scientific literacy, encourages lifelong learning, and brings to light the wonderful creativity that is an integral part of science. As Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

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LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour

MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.

Recommended for grades 4-8

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Doktor Kaboom! is an interactive one-man Science variety show suitable for school and family audiences. Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom’s supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity.

In LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour Doktor Kaboom explores the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential. At the dawn of the 19th century mankind first harnessed the power of electricity, the world changed and the journey still continues.

Topics covered include: safety; Tesla; Edison; Faraday; lightning bolts, current; voltage; conductive and non-conductive media; electrical arcs; light emission; sparks; resistance; magnetic fields, electric generators: mechanical energy to electrical energy; electromagnetic coils and conductors.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 | 12 p.m. only
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 | 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 | 1 p.m. only

Recommended for grades 3-5

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A show for young audiences — imagined, constructed and performed by the spring IU Southeast Creative Dramatics class. Using the art of theatre to promote the everyday miracles of science, technology, engineering, and math. An interactive show with music which challenges the mind, sparks the imagination, and excites the soul. Theatre that prepares students with the knowledge and skills to be well-rounded citizens in a global society.

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