PLAY Program

“Through the PLAY program, students experience text in a new light…The program has potential as a beacon program for teachers who work with 21st century learners.”
– Dr. Alec Lapidus, University of Southern Maine

The Portland Stage PLAY Program is an interactive dramatic reading and acting workshop for elementary school students in grades K – 5. Professional teaching artists perform children’s literature and classic poetry for the entire school, and then work with select classrooms in workshops based on the stories. Actors actively engage students in small groups/workshops using their bodies, voices, and imaginations to build understanding of the text while bringing the stories and characters to life. The goal of PLAY is to connect theater with literacy by making literature performative and encouraging reading fluency, character recall, understanding of themes, emotional recognition, physical storytelling, and vocal characterization. The program also comes with a comprehensive Resource Guide filled with information and activities based on the books and poems.

The PLAY Program meets State of Maine Learning Results and Common Core Standards objectives, including both Performing Arts/Theater and Language Arts.

Further Details:

  • Designed to work in any auditorium, gym, theater, or other open space.
  • Dramatic Readings engage and entertain grades K-5 and last approximately 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. Have your own projections system? We can use that too!
  • After the performance, selected classes have the opportunity to work with the actors they have just seen perform in interactive workshops.
  • Workshops are recommended for Grade 1-4. Participating classes are chosen by the school’s principal or coordinator based on teacher’s feedback and interest.
  • Workshops run for 45 minutes and can be taught to as many as eight classrooms total.

This program has been studied and written about by Dr. Alexander Lapidus of the University of Southern Maine Literacy Education Department. You can read his paper Multiliteracies in Maine by clicking here.

For pricing and more information, call 207.774.1043 x104 or send us an email.  

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