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Enjoy a comic review of calculus

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North Central welcomes a return engagement of “Calculus: The Musical!”—a dynamic theatrical journey through the concepts and history of calculus with a unique, comedic approach to learning. Admission is free.

High school math teacher Marc Gutman of Minneapolis found that setting formulas and rules to music helped his students learn and retain tricky information. His classroom exercises became the seed for this show, which will interest middle school, high school and college-aged students and teachers.

The 2010-2011 national tour of “Calculus: The Musical!” will be performed by Know Theatre of Cincinnati with two performances at 4 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in Pfeiffer Hall. The production is co-sponsored by the College’s Cultural Events Committee and Science Division.

Using parodies that span genres, from light opera to hip hop, “Calculus: The Musical!” blends sketch comedy, musical theatre and classroom lecture into an engaging and educational lesson that’s nothing like a high school textbook. With a unique comic style, actors Jae Boley and Sean Powell dramatize some high points of calculus’ history. From Archimedes to Riemann, the quest for the instantaneous rate of change and the area under the curve comes to life through song. The Beatles, Gilbert & Sullivan, Petula Clark and even Eminem are just a few of the artists who have inspired this educational lesson.