Lilly Theater

Live Performances to Inspire and Engage

Fantasy, comedy, colorful costumes, and imaginative scenery come together in plays designed for all ages. Experience familiar and surprising stories brought to life. Stick around after the show to meet the cast.

Free with museum admission. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. at the Lower Level ticket booth. Members can reserve tickets in advance online or by calling 317-334-4000. Day-of tickets are available only at the Lower Level Ticket Booth. 

Museum members can reserve advance tickets online or by calling 317-334-4000. Day-of tickets are available only at the Lower Level Ticket Booth.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Saturdays, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24
10:15 and 11:30 a.m.
15–20 minutes; 18 months–K

Limited capacity
Written by A. Morrison

In this guided experience led by actors, children and their families will add a unique soundtrack to the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears using authentic musical instruments! Be part of the story while experimenting with rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, and musical form.

The Elves and the Shoemaker: A Musical Holiday Fable
Nov. 25–27, Dec. 3–4, 10–11, 17–18, 20–23, 27–31, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017
1 and 3 p.m.
Christmas Eve, 11:30 a.m.
ASL -interpreted performance Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.
45 minutes; ages 4+

Book by Patty Carver
Music and lyrics by Patty Carver and Leo P. Carusone

This fun-filled musical holiday tale retells the traditional story with a unique twist. Written with sing-alongs, dancealongs, and lots of audience participation, The Elves and the Shoemaker will delight children of all ages. Mr. Twinkle dreams of opening a cobble shop. The problem is that he doesn’t know how to make shoes! Enter elves who make midnight visits to Mr. Twinkle’s shop, creating the most wonderful shoes ever seen. But business goes well only as long the elves make their secret visits. In the end, the elves find out that the best gift for Mr. and Mrs. Twinkle is something else entirely.