PLAY - Schools Outreach

Bringing Professional Theater Education to Your School!

Portland Stage is excited to bring “Play Me a Story” to the Portland Public Schools through the groundbreaking Culture Club - Portland partnership. PLAY - Schools Outreach is an interactive reader’s theater and acting workshop for elementary school students. Portland Stage Affiliate Artists perform a staged reading of two popular children’s books plus a classic poem. Following the reading, our actors will work with up to eight classroom groups in workshops based on the stories and poems. Workshops will engage and inspire students through vocalization, games, improvisation and movement.

Portland Stage brings high-quality performances and workshops directly to your school, increasing student’s exposure to the arts. PLAY - Schools Outreach meets State of Maine Learning Results and Common Core Standards objectives, including both Performing Arts/Theater and Language Arts. Our outreach program brings children’s literature to life, and then gives kids the opportunity to do the same during the workshops.

The logistics are straightforward and designed to work in any school auditorium or gym. Perfomances are designed to engage the whole school and last approximately 20-30 minutes. Illustrations from the books are projected behind the actors to further enhance the reading. Our projection system is compatible with your school’s screen or we can project the images onto a large blank wall.

After the performance, selected classes will work with the actors that they have just watched.  The acting workshops run for 45 minutes and can be taught to as many as eight classrooms total.  Participating classes are chosen by the school's principal or coordinator based on teacher’s feedback and interest.


For more information call Samara Yandell at 207-774-1043 x117 or email


Ready to book your school visit? Download a registration form here.



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

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

by Tom Coash

FEB 25 - MAR 16, 2014

by Nina Raine
MAR 25 - APR 13, 2014

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