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 present a dramatic reading of children’s literature for the entire school, and then work with select classrooms in interactive 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.

Further Details:

  • Bookings available Jan 2022 and April/May 2022
    • Jan 2022 Theme: Made in Maine
    • April/May 2022 Theme: Celebrating Differences
  • Dramatic Readings engage and entertain grades pre-K-5 and last approximately 30 minutes.
  • After the performance, selected classes have the opportunity to work with our teaching artists in interactive workshops.
  • Workshops are 45-minute interactive experiences.
  • Cost: $1,000 for 8 workshops, performance for the whole school, a resource guide for the whole school.

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.