Join us for a series of exciting live performances on the Music and Movement Stage in our Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit held on select Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. in July and August. Explore science and nature topics through educational and interactive experiences!
This series is free with museum admission, and is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
July 13 - Ecology of Sound with Ricardo Frota
A high energy interactive performance with Ricardo Frota, a Brazilian musician, who creates instruments from recycled and nature found objects. The program introduces the cultures of Brazil through music, singing and dancing. Audience members of all ages will enjoy making music. Watch and listen as Frota plays a tree as a percussion instrument.
July 27 - To Bee or Not To Bee The Piti Theatre Company
The Piti Theatre Company’s production tells how Farmer James has lost his bees, there’s only gruel to eat and now the townspeople (the audience) have arrived to protest, chanting “There’s no good food, we’re in a bad mood.” To Bee tells James’ comic, tragic and ultimately hopeful story – complete with puppetry, clowning, dance, live music and lots of audience participation. Piti Theatre Company created this internationally touring performance to raise awareness about the honeybee’s plight and gives children and adults tools for helping bees thrive in their communities.
August 10 - A Passion for Birds with Henry Lappen
Using masks, comedy and continuous audience participation, Lappen explores how and why birds have adapted to their environment. Science comes to life as he demonstrates how birds move and act. Learning some specific mime skills, the audience joins Lappen in this highly interactive program as he takes on the character of each bird. Participants don masks and soar as eagles, stalk as herons and swim as puffins
August 17 - West African Rhythm Project
Mike Rinker and Anna Crocker burst onto the stage with interactive drumming and dancing inspired by the music and the people of West Africa. This high-energy, celebratory performance is designed to get the audience up onto their feet, moving, singing, and drumming to traditional rhythms.
Check out their 2015 performance at the EcoTarium on our YouTube page!