TPAC Education’s series for adults almost always fills to capacity, dramatizing the demand for experiences inside and out of the live performance.
Through TPAC InsideOut, audience members meet artists from Broadway shows. They go into the rehearsal halls of Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Opera and Nashville Ballet. They enjoy a free lunch over a panel discussion coordinated in partnership with Vanderbilt University. During War Horse, which closed the 2013-14 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC season earlier this month, they even read the novel that inspired the play and came together for a lively conversation book-club style.
“So many adults are hungry for activities and special engagements that increase their connection to the shows,” said Kristin Dare-Horsley, director of education outreach, emphasizing how community partnerships enhance the interaction with the artists.
“Where else can you join a conversation between the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and an actor who plays an FBI agent in the Broadway show Catch Me If You Can? That’s just one example of how members of the community come to TPAC. They talk to our audiences about their real life experiences and how they compare to what we see on stage,” she said. “Our pre-show discussions also give audience members a chance to ask questions. It’s a lot of fun for them to learn about the audition process, in person from a Broadway artist, or to hear what it takes behind the scenes to put a show on our stage.”
These aptly named Arts Appetizers are held on the Wednesday evening of each show in TPAC’s Broadway season ticket series. (Yes, refreshments are served.)
LookIns take audiences out of TPAC and into the rehearsal hall for conversations with artists and performance excerpts.
InsideOut of the Lunchbox, in partnership with Vanderbilt, pairs artists with community experts, who provide varied perspectives on works of art and contemporary issues, often enhanced by fun surprises—often a performance, even a visit with animals from the Nashville Zoo.
“Whatever your age, the arts make learning fun. They provide a forum for fascinating conversations. Audiences love to hear from the artists they see on the stage and to meet unique people from our community,” said Dare-Horsley. “It’s not something you can learn in a classroom.”
Other than a reservation fee for the Arts Appetizer, the programs are free of charge.
Go “Inside Out” for fun opportunities to expand your horizons. Add your name to the mailing list to receive information on the 2014-15 series for adults at TPAC.ORG/insideout.