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. PLAY helps develop literacy and reading fluency, character recall, understanding of themes, social emotional skills, 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.

2020-2021 Season:
We are developing a virtual version of our PLAY Program, which we will be piloting Fall 2020 and offering to all elementary schools & community organizations winter/spring 2021. If you would like to be a part of this email us!

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.

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.