Fantastic Free Fridays

Welcome to the Fantastic Free Fridays program at Miami University Regionals' Middletown campus. This program is intended to provide free opportunities for students in area schools and residents of local communities to enjoy live performances.

  • Each performance lasts one hour, unless otherwise stated.

  • Group reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Individual walk-ins are always welcome.

  • All performances are held in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University Middletown.

For more information or group reservations, contact Shawn Fenton: fentonsm@MiamiOH.edu.

February 28 at 10 am: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Director’s Cut II

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company on stage

Come be inspired by the versatility, athleticism, and expressiveness of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Jeraldyne Blunden Fellows and DCDC2 - the pre-professional dance ensemble in Director’s Cut II. This arts and cultural experience introduces students to contemporary dance through narration, a diverse performance, interactive audience participation, followed by a Q & A with dance artists to inspire students to appreciate and enjoy dance.  This wide-ranging program features a sampler of the company’s contemporary dance works that explores themes of the prominent women in Black History, social concerns like bullying, and fun-filled lighthearted playful dances in a variety of dance and music styles.

Recommended for all ages.

March 6 at 10 am: The Space Painter, Fantastic Feats of Family Strength

Space Painter popping a black balloon.

In a playful and circus-like style, Tom Sparough—The Space Painter—presents a picture of the juggling act of today's family. See how many plates the average person can spin . . . which represents relationships, home life, time, health, and money. Find out how to break free from our boxed-in routines. Be willing to drop and learn from our mistakes. Marvel over the complexity of our lives made simple with the down-the middle club trick. In a word, this presentation is about HOPE.

Recommended for grades K–8

April 17 at 10 am: Wild Carrot, Our Roots are Showing!

Wild Carrot

This interactive performance features a wide variety of American Roots music, spanning the last century, from jazz and folk songs to show tunes and original material. Wild Carrot demonstrates and discusses the history and geography of the music, and the people who brought it to this country, including such instruments as guitar, mandolin, concertina, lap dulcimer, penny whistle and banjo. This performance can connect to various curriculum areas.

Recommended for grades K–8

May 8 at 10 am and 12:30 pm: Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati TCT on Tour, Dorothy in Oz

TCT Theatre of Dorothy in Oz on stage.

Join this adventurous young lady as she takes your audiences down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why a lion, a scarecrow and a man made of tin are all singing the blues. On this adventure our heroine, Dorothy, must find a way home but, in the process, she must help her new friends unlock their full potential.

Recommended for grades K–8