Theater for Kids

Experience the Magic and Excitement of Theater!

“Play Me a Story”
Saturdays,
January 11 - April 26
10:30 AM | Ages 4 - 10
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“Play Me a Story” is an interactive children's theater performance and workshop series for kids between the ages of 4-10. To set the scene, our Affiliate Artists perform a staged reading of a popular children’s book. Following the performance, the audience is asked to participate in a workshop relating to the story. The workshop may focus on a particular character, place or situation that the story illuminates.
Workshops engage and inspire through vocalization, games, improvisation and movement. Join our professional actors as we explore new and classic children’s stories while encouraging your child’s love of
theater and literature.

Have any questions? Ready to sign up?
Email theaterforkids@portlandstage.org
or call 207.774.1043 x117.


What people are saying about our programs...

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“For my child, the experience exposed him in an intimate and compelling way to real stage acting. Both the readings and workshops were done at a very high level for the kids. Watching his confidence grow over only a few visits was the most gratifying part for me.”

“My daughter couldn't wait to go each weekend. The actors and staff were very friendly and made her feel comfortable right away. She would have the biggest, sunniest grin coming out of workshop.”

“The mix of fun, creative  activities in a friendly atmosphere was perfect for little kids.”

“Working with real actors on a real stage opened my daughter's eyes and mind.” 

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About Portland Stage's Theater for Kids

Portland Stage's Theater for Kids strives to give children in our community access to experiences that teach theater and literacy, encourage creativity and spontaneity, and engage in active participation and collaboration. Our Play Me a Story Program, Summer & Vacation Week Theater Camps and School Outreach inspire children to approach literature and theater from a new perspective through watching performances, investigating text, participating in workshops and learning new roles – all while having fun!

Workshop

Our staff at the theater works closely with literacy experts and children’s book professionals in developing our reading lists. All readings are done with the author’s and/or publisher’s permission. Theater for Kids instructors are all professional, equity actors with experience teaching acting and leading workshops with children.

Literacy advisors include Vicky Smith, Children’s Book Editor of Kirkus Reviews; Mary Pervada, Head Children’s Librarian at Portland Public Library; Beverly Corsey, Principal of Nathan Clifford School; Cynthia Loring, Principal of Presumpscot Elementary School and Kirsten Cappy of Curious City.

Theater for Kids is made possible by the generous support and vision of Susie Konkel. As a former educator and a lover of the arts, her funding enables PORTLAND STAGE to bring the magic of theater to the children of our community.

Theater for Kids has received funding from the Maine Humanities Council, The Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation, Sam L Cohen Foundation and The Catalyst Fund to continue our work in bringing children, books and theater together. Theater for Kids is located in the street level space next door to Portland Stage on Forest Ave in Portland Maine.

 


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