Policies

Snow Cancellation Policy

In the event of a major snow storm, Play Me a Story may be cancelled. Paid tickets can be redeemed for another Saturday morning during the month long series. In the event that rescheduling isn't possible, a credit will be issued for a future Play Me a Story.
No refunds will be given.

Cancellations will be posted on the Play Me a Story page of our website the morning of
the scheduled program.

Click here for current status.

 


 

Theater for Kids at Portland Stage
Play Me a Story Readings & Workshops Tips:

  • Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the reading to check in, pick up your child’s name badge and choose your seat.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes you can move around in. Coat and boot rack is in the entry hall of Portland Stage through double doors.
  • Come right down to the front and choose a pillow – you’ll be able to see the actors better!
  • Children can participate in the preshow warm up – play games and discuss the books being read.
  • The restroom is located on second floor – it is always good to go before the show starts.
  • Snacks are discouraged in the theater – if needed you may have a snack in front of the curtain by the window seat.
  • Children must be signed in by an adult; children over 6 may be dropped off. Many parents enjoy the readings and are welcome to attend, but if you choose to stay through the workshop please be an active participant.

DURING THE READING:

  • Enjoy the actors reading and see how they can change characters with their voices, their bodies, their actions and a few props.
  • Please sit quietly so everyone can see and hear what is happening.
  • Laugh when something is funny (it makes the actors feel good!)
  • Clap – actors love applause!

 
DURING THE WORKSHOP:

  • Listen to the instructions for breaking up into age groups.
  • Help us pick up pillows and move chairs out of the way to make room for the workshop.
  • Become an actor! Have fun and enjoy exploring the stories that you just heard.
  • Be a team player – work with other kids to tell a story, explore an idea or express your imagination.
  • Parents – if you choose to stay for the workshops, we ask that you participate. Only actors are allowed in the workshop room!

AFTER THE WORKSHOP:

  • Make suggestions for books your family would like to see included.
  • Sign up for future workshops, vacation camps and summer programming!

 


 

THEATER CAMP GUIDLINES:

Theater Camp drop off is between 9:00 – 9:15 AM. We start every day with warm up exercises promptly at 9:15. Our theater space is next door to the main stage at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. Please enter through the theater main entrance and use the interior door on the right.

Children should bring a lunch and 2 snacks, plus a water bottle. Comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes are a must, we have very active workshops with lots of movement.

Pick up is in the Theater for Kids space at noon for 1/2 day camp or 3 pm for full day. The final day of camp will have an open studio for families to see what we have learned.

Theater for Kids camps are process based. The focus is not on the end product but on the theatrical experience as a whole. We feel that the dramatic journey, the friendships made, the skills built and our experience within the work is just as important as an end product (if not more so.) We emphasize meeting new challenges and taking creative risks and learning from them. The open studio at the end of a week of camp is not intended to be a polished production. It’s an opportunity for family and friends to witness the work we’ve been doing all week, to see us use the skills we've acquired throughout the week and see our creative progress.

We hope you’ll join us for the journey!

 


2013-2014
SEASON

 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson
SEP 24 - OCT 20, 2013


Vigil
by Morris Panych
OCT 29 - NOV 17, 2013


Santaland Diaries
by David Sedaris
Dec 3 - DEC 22, 2013
In the Studio Theater

A Christmas Carol
by Hans Christian Andersen
NOV 29 - DEC 22, 2013


Trouble Is My Business

by Joseph Vass
JAN 21 - FEB 16, 2014

Veils
WORLD PREMIERE
by Tom Coash

FEB 25 - MAR 16, 2014


Tribes
by Nina Raine
MAR 25 - APR 13, 2014

The Savannah Disputation
by Evan Smith
APR 22 - MAY 18, 2014