Calculus:The Musical!

is a comic ‘review’ of the concepts and history of calculus. A blend of sketch comedy, musical theatre and classroom lecture. Using musical parodies that span genres from light opera to hip hop, we introduce and illuminate such concepts as limits, integration and differentiation. With our unique comic style we dramatize some high points of calculus’ history.

© Mikki Schaffner 2012.

From Archimedes to Riemann, the quest for the instantaneous rate of change and the area under the curve comes to life through song! Musical tributes to The Beatles, Gilbert & Sullivan, Petula Clark and even Eminem are just a few of the artists who have inspired this engaging and educational lesson that is nothing at all like your high school textbooks. Calculus: The Musical! promises to be entertaining to the arithmophobe and the rocket scientist alike.

2014 National Tour Actor

Rachel Newman
© Rachel Newman 2014.
A New York-based actor, Rachel was most recently seen as Van’s Sister in Dog Sees God and in various workshop productions and cabarets around New York City. Other favorite credits include Speech and Debate, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, A Little Night Music, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Rachel is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California, where she majored in Business/Cinematic Arts and minored in Musical Theatre. This is her first production at The Know, and she couldn’t be more excited to be touring the country with Calculus: The Musical!

2014 National Tour Actor

Alexandria ‘Alie’ Litras
© Alexandria Litras 2014.
I've been a native to Central Florida my whole life doing theatre both professionally and through volunteer work for years and loving every bit of it! Through Christ alone I have learned endurance and the power of laughter which is something I hope to bring to any stage or venue I encounter.

Bring Calculus to you!

The National Tour produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati. For booking information please contact Sadie at:
calculus @

The Second Derivative touring in New York and the Northeast producecd by BS & B Media. For booking information please contact Melisa at:
calculusmusical @

© BS&B 2014.

2014 National Tour Dates

    • Monarch HS, Boulder, CO
    • Silver Creek HS, Longmont, CO
    • Standley Lake HS, Colorado Springs, CO
    • University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
    • Parkway Schools, St. Louis, MO
    • Park Hill South HS, Kansas City, MO
    • White Bear Lake HS, White Bear Lake, MN
    • North Central College, Naperville, IL
    • South Elgin HS, Elgin, IL
    • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
    • Canton HS, Canton, IL
    • Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI

2014 Second Derivative Tour Dates

    • Public Show!! April 10th in New York, NY!Limited number of tickets available, RSVP to CalculusMusical @ with your name and the number of tickets. Then just pay $10 at the door!

    • April 23, 2014 - Fairfield University
    • May 16, 2014 - Floral Park Memorial High School
    • May 27, 2014 - Union-Endicott High School
    • May 29, 2014 - Fayetteville-Manlius High School
    • May 30, 2014 - Brentwood High School

2014 Second Derivative Actor

Kate Berman
© Kate Berman 2014.
Regional: Two Gentlemen of Verona, DISJECTA Oregon; Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal, Kentucky Repertory Theater; Speaking Daggers, Shakespeare on the Sound. New York: Ms. Bovary, Augmented Seventh. University: Grusha, Caucasian Chalk Circle; Mary, Merrily We Roll Along; Big Stone, Eurydice; Clytemnestra, Iphigenia at Aulis. Film: Kvetch, A.C. Cinefest Best Supporting Actress. Kate is a graduate of Yale University.