Based on the book by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom
©Compendium, Inc and live-inspired.com 
Produced by Inlet Dance Theatre

From Cleveland, Ohio
Commissioned and Co-Produced by Playhouse Square

About the Company



One day, a child has an idea.  At first, they don’t know what to do with it. It seems strange. They don’t know what other people will think of this idea and they attempt to hide it away. But the idea persists and gets stronger– along with the child’s confidence. And then, one day, something amazing happens…


Told through movement, music, and narration, an ensemble of dancers creates a magical world where ideas grow and take flight. Based on the New York Times best selling book, this is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, or too difficult.

This production is co-produced via the LAUNCH performance creation residency program of the Community Engagement & Education Department of Playhouse Square (Cleveland, OH) and premiered in March 2018.

Best for Grades: K + up, General Audiences

Audience Size: Medium to Large

Please contact us to watch the full length archival recording.



Company Background

Inlet Dance Theatre is one of Northeast Ohio’s most exciting professional contemporary dance companies. Founded in 2001 by Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, Inlet embodies his longstanding belief that dance viewing, training and performing experiences serve as tools to bring about personal growth and development. Inlet’s collaborative artistic staff builds the company’s solid reputation for uplifting individuals and engaging new audiences via performances and education programming.


Inlet Dance Theatre’s impact has grown locally to internationally.  The company’s concerts, event services, Inflow and Outflow education programs began as local initiatives and now reach regional, national and international markets. Inlet performs annually at Cleveland Public Theatre's DanceWorks Series, Playhouse Square, Cain Park Evans Amphitheater, among other local venues and conducts regional touring.   Inlet has participated in numerous international artistic exchanges through The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program and a two week residency exchange to Easter Island (made possible by the Ohio Arts Council, The Ohio Arts Foundation, Playhouse Square’s Education Department, the State Department and the American Embassy in Santiago, Chile). Inlet’s education programming includes teaching dance classes for all ages at The Music Settlement, attracting students from all over the country to our Summer Dance Intensive and our year-long Trainee & Apprentice program, and conducting residencies throughout Ohio as part of the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning Residency Program.

In contrast to an industry where people are often used to further dance, Inlet Dance Theatre is committed to using dance to further people.  Discover for yourself what makes Inlet unique.


For more information, please visit the company’s website.


Artistic Team

Created and Choreographed by the company’s Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, in collaboration with the cast.

Original score by Jeremy Allen

Narrated by Dee Perry

Scenic design by Ian Petroni

Costuming by Kristin Wade
Set & Costume Painting by Nina Huryn

Animal Masks & Giant Wings by Robin Van Lear

Lighting Design by Trad Burns



The Child – Kevin Parker

The Idea – Katie McGaha

Corps – Joshua Brown, Nicole Kapantas, Dominic Moore-Dunson, Erin Pennebaker,

Elizabeth Pollert, Emily Stonecipher


Critical Acclaim

“I was blown away by the creativity and heart behind their performance. Everyone involved in this production is truly talented and they are creating something very special. My hope is that this show will inspire children to embrace their ideas and make a positive impact in their community...The idea to write “What Do You Do With An Idea?”was born out of a desire to help kids, and really people of all ages, to see that ideas are fragile when they are new. They can be killed with criticism, an eye-roll or an exhale. I think it’s important for us all to see the value of our own ideas and to also be kind and supportive of the ideas of others. I never thought my children’s book would have inspired a world-class dance performance. It is thrilling to see how ideas build on ideas.”

—Author Kobi Yamada, President/CEO of Compendium, Inc.

“Throughout the evening, kids laughed, asked questions, and some adults were seen wiping their eyes. Inlet's work underscored the inclusivity of Yamada's narrative - everyone, young or old, has ideas. Like Wade's work, those ideas can come alive.”

—Melanie Kraus-Har

“In some ways the dancing also allows the audience to see in-between the pages and into the lives and interactions of the characters in the book.”

—Steve Sucato

“Playhouse Square could not be prouder to be a producing partner on this extraordinary work for family audiences.”

—Daniel Hahn, Vice President, Community Engagement & Education at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH

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2018/2019 Dates

January 15-19, 2019 - International Performing Arts For Youth (IPAY) Showcase in Philadelphia, PA.
Details on date/time to come soon!


Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts: Dance and Movement,

  • Language Arts: Reading, Creative Writing, Symbolism, Philosophical & Abstract Concepts

  • Science: Invention; How scientists and engineers explore a new idea through hypothesis, experiments, scientific method, and trial/error;

  • Emotional/Social Development: Confidence, Growth Mindset, Creativity


Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time: 8-12 hours ideal, but 3 hours possible with simplified tech (all scenarios require lights pre-hung)

  • Crew Needs: 9 crew members, depending on technical set up and venue regulations.

  • Proscenium Stage Size: 40’ Wide x 30’ Deep x 17’ ht (Ideal), 30’ Wide x 24’ Deep x 17’ ht (Min.) 6-8 ft wings needed on each side. Additional 3’ of space is required upstage of the cyclorama for crossover and must be clear of all equipment and debris.

  • Floor Needs: The floor of the stage must be wood, laid over wood sleepers. A floor covering of black Marley or equivalent is necessary.

  • Load Out Time: 2 hours


Outreach and Workshops

Master Classes and Workshops

The company can offer master classes, taught by members of the company and/or company Founder and Executive/Artistic Director, Bill Wade.  Inlet’s varied curriculum is scaled to be developmentally appropriate, age ranges K – adult. Master classes can include: Foundations of Non-Traditional Partnering, Hawkins-based Release Technique, and Improvisation Structures.

The company can also offer in-class workshops for elementary students and teachers that can be tailored for each age/grade level.   Past workshop experiences have included participants reading the book, discussing themes, and watching a short performance excerpt. Following the performance excerpt, Inlet Company Members will lead the children in an interactive movement experience to demonstrate the foundational exercises and improvisation games that Inlet uses to create and explore movement.  

“Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” Performances

This performance is also available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.

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What Do You Do With An Idea?

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