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.


Gruff!
Created by Doppelskope. 
Text and Concept by Ora Fruchter & Christopher Scheer. Music by Toby Singer.

June 27–Aug. 6, 
Tuesdays through Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m.
45 min; ages 6+

A new family musical...with goats! All the goats in the junkyard know the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff—or do they?  

In this interactive, puppet-filled musical, a young goat leaves the junkyard for the first time and stumbles into the fantastical land of the trolls. There, she learns about the wonder of the natural world, and a new adventure begins in which trolls and goats learn to live and play together. 

See Gruff! with the whole family! 


Preschool Production: Three Billy Goats Gruff
Written by Krista Layfield
Music by AJ Morrison

Aug. 26 and Sept. 2
10:15 and 11:30 a.m. 
15–20 min; Pre-K+ 

In this guided experience led by actors, children and families will add a soundtrack to the familiar story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff using authentic musical instruments. In this participatory storytelling, children and families select instruments that make varied sounds and experiment with musical concepts including rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, and musical form.