The Whiting is proud to offer a variety of education and engagement activities to students, teachers, and community groups.

Upcoming Education Events

The Flint Institute of Music is happy to announce an incredible selection of in-person field field trip opportunities this season. We are thankful that we can provide lifelong learning programs in music, culture, language, and theatre to you and your students. And, with the generous support of Goyette Mechanical Company, several foundations, and our donors, we can offer many of these programs free of charge. 


For more information on educational opportunities, please contact:


Dakotah James

Education Programs Coordinator

(810) 237 - 5131


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Hocus Focus with Kevin Spencer

Residencies: October 18-21 | January 24-27 | April 26-29
In Classroom Experience

The Hocus Focus program uses the wonderful and entertaining world of magic to teach a few tricks to the students.  Learning these tricks can allow students to experience successes in many areas as well as change the way they believe others perceive them and help them with social skills.  The Hocus Focus activities combine education and imagination so students can improve their abilities in planning, sequencing, fine and gross motor skills, concentration, and so much more.  

Freedom Riders

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 10AM & 12:30PM
The Capitol Theatre

Freedom Riders is the latest edition to the canon of American History plays by Mad River Theater Works. This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.

Set in 1961, fifteen years after the United States Supreme Court had outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders, both black and white Americans, from the North and the South, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines despite the hateful segregation and racism that had a strong hold in so many parts of the United States. The unforgettable heroes, and the facts behind the events portrayed in Freedom Riders, are essential to a full understanding of the Civil Rights era and American history. Play by Jeff Hooper. Music by Bob Lucas. 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

Age Appropriateness: 3rd - 8th grade
Run time: one act, approximately 55 minutes

Freedom Riders Study Guide

School House Rock Live

Friday, February 25, 2022 at 10AM & 12PM
The Capitol Theatre


A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the stage with songs you loved updated for a whole new generation!

Age Appropiateness: K-5th grade

Run time: 55mins, 65mins with talkback 

School House Rock Live Study Guide

Death of a Salesman

Thursday, March 31 at 12PM
Performed by the Flint Repertory Theatre

Widely considered to be one of the best plays of the 20th century, Arthur Miller’s classic drama chronicles the fate of the tragic hero Willy Loman as he crumbles under the weight of the American Dream. This emotionally gripping American classic about fathers and sons, promise and anguish, loyalty and loss is as relevant today as ever. Featuring two-time Tony Award nominee Lewis J. Stadlen. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play!

Age Appropriateness: 9th - 12th grade

New Works Festival

Friday, April 29 at 7PM | Saturday, April 30 at  2PM & 7PM | Sunday, May 1 at 7PM
Titles to be announced

Flint Rep's annual New Works Festival is a three-day event presenting staged readings and workshops of new plays and musicals. Audience members will get a chance to experience this new work before anyone else and participate in post-show discussions with the playwrights and composers.

Age Appropriateness: 9th - 12th grade

The Fantasticks

Thursday, June 9 at 12PM
Performed by the Flint Repertory Theatre

Flint Rep reinvents the classic musical. With a fresh new rewrite by book writer and lyricist Tom Jones, in collaboration with director Michael Lluberes, the young lovers at the center of the story are re-imagined as two young men. The Fantasticks is a funny and beautiful allegory about falling in love and growing up. We couldn’t be more excited to share this new interpretation of the longest-running musical in history.

Age Appropriateness: 9th - 12th grade

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