Fruit Flies Like a Banana - The Fourth Wall - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


Fruit Flies Like a Banana

Type: Performance|Remote
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: K-8
Scheduling Request

Working at break-neck speed, the multi-talented performers of The Fourth Wall combine music, theater, and dance in this sprint-triathlon variety show. The audience chooses the show order by picking cards from a deck and even determines parameters for some pieces created on the spot. Every performance is unique! As the onstage timer ticks down, The Fourth Wall will blow your mind with tricks, bust your gut with laughter, and maybe even bring a tear to your eye with beautiful music.

Every performance of "Fruit Flies" is different - from show order to parameters to repertoire. We're always adding new pieces, changing old pieces, and finding new ways to make our friends and fans join in. We strive to turn conventional classical music performances on their ear and leave our audiences with a good feeling in their belly.

For November/December performances try Fruit Flies Like a Banana: Holiday Extravaganza!

Remote Learning Adaptation: The trio performs live from their three separate locations, using each environment creatively and inviting plenty of audience participation from home or school. Rather than drawing cards from a deck, the audience selects each piece by using online surveys. Live performances of solos and ensemble works are interspersed with short video clips.

Program available in person, or live online.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 250
Curriculum Connection: Music, Dance, Theater Arts

Single Performance: $900
Additional Performances: $720
Travel: $100 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (Live Online):

Online performances make use of several functions within Zoom (Share Screen/Audio, Spotlight Video, Waiting Room, and Polling), which members of The Fourth Wall will coordinate as Meeting Co-Hosts. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. A short tech rehearsal and sound check (20 minutes before the performance start time) will ensure smooth operation. The Polling function will require setup in advance, easily done with guidance from The Fourth Wall. Here is the Zoom poll question: Poll Name: Fruit Flies Like a Banana; Question: Pick a card, any card!; Choose 3 'Single Choice' answers: A, B, C. A representative from the school must be on the call to facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performers as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts ensemble.




Parking and unloading: We drive two vehicles. One is a minivan, which carries our larger items, including the vibraphone. The closer we can get to the performance space with the van, the better. Once unloaded, we can park it wherever is best for the school.

Performance space needs:

  • Access to power outlet, 20' deep x 30' wide is ideal. (16' deep x 20' wide minimum)
  • Stage surface must be smooth, flat, and free of protruding objects, obstructive cracks, holes, splinters, etc. Marley flooring is not required, but the stage must be appropriate for dance and for objects on wheels, such as a vibraphone and hoverboards. Smooth, low-pile carpeting is occasionally acceptable.
  • Direct access into the house from the stage is requested, enabling performers to go back and forth from the stage to the house with ease during the show.

Technical requirements: Fruit Flies Like a Banana has no power requirement. We perform live, acoustic music, so neither show requires sound support.

Materials the school needs to provide:

  • One music stand (optional).

Arrival time: 90 minutes prior to show

Time needed between performances: 30 minutes

Strike Time: 45 minutes

Please introduce the artists as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts ensemble. 


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