February Vacation Week, Open Presidents Day

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2017
Contact: Sandy Boyce, (207) 828-1234, sandy@kitetails.org

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FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE
Vacation Week February 20-24, Events Daily
Portland, ME –The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine will kick off its February Vacation Week on Monday, February 20. Doors will open at 9am on Presidents Day with events scheduled all day long.

OVERVIEW SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK

Presidents Day, Monday, February 20:
9am-5pm: Open to members and visitors
2-2:30pm: Guest reading from Portland City Council Member Pious Ali
3:30-4pm: Together We Take Flight Collaborative Origami Installation

Tuesday, February 21:
12-12:30pm: Musical Performance by Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams. $4 per person plus admission.

Wednesday, February 21:
10:15-10:45am: Big Fun Indoor Igloo Installation
11am-12pm & 2-3:00pm: Main Stage Performance of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. $9/members, $10/visitors.

Thursday, February 23:
11am-12pm & 2-3:00pm: Main Stage Performance of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. $9/members, $10/visitors.

Friday, February 24:
10:30-11am & 11-11:30am: Sparks’ Ark Live Animal Show. $6 per person plus admission.
1-2pm & 4-5pm: Main Stage Performance of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. $9/members, $10/visitors.

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CONTACT: Sandy Boyce, sandy@kitetails.org; (207) 828-1234 ext. 222 for more information.

LISITING INFORMATION
WHO: The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
WHAT: February Vacation Week, Open Presidents Day
WHERE: 142 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101
WHEN: Open 9am-5pm Presidents Day, February 20. Vacation Week: February 20-24
COST: Free for members, $10 for visitors, excludes paid events.
MORE INFO: www.kitetails.org ; (207) 828-1234; info@kitetails.org

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TRAVEL TO A WEIRD & WACKY MUSICAL WORLD AS THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES TAKES THE STAGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2017

Contact: Sandy Boyce, (207) 828-1234 ext. 222, sandy@kitetails.org 

Portland, ME –The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine’s production of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales takes the stage February 17 – 26, 2017. Shows are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am and 2pm, and February 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, and 26th at 1pm. Tickets are $9-$18.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, written by John Glore and based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, features Jack (and his giant), Cinderella, and the Gingerbread Man like you’ve never been seen them before! In this is weird and wacky musical world, characters and stories may sound familiar, but each story is hilariously derailed and gets a complete makeover. You’ll meet crazy characters, such as sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, rapping UGLY ducks, and of course, very stinky cheese. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is performed for kids and families by our company of young actors.

The Museum & Theatre’s Theatre and Education Director, Reba Short, says of the play, “I recommend reading Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s story The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales before you buy tickets, so you can get a sense of exactly how silly this experience will be. It’s a play within a play, with some of your favorite fairy tale characters taking charge of their own stories. The princesses are divas, the Ugly Duck is a rap star, cow patties and the table of contents fall from the sky, and the Surgeon General is trying to shut the whole thing down. It’s a romp through a ridiculous fairy tale world and sure to have you rolling in your seat!”

The Museum & Theatre will also hold a special Opening Night Gala performance and party on Friday, February 17 starting at 4pm. Tickets are $18 per person and include a ticket to the after party to celebrate with the cast and crew and enjoy refreshments.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is sponsored by Cabot Creamery Cooperative. For more information on this show or any of our other programming, please visit www.kitetails.org or call (207) 828-1234.

A full listing of events is available at www.kitetails.org/theatre/our-season.

LISTING INFORMATION
WHO:
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

WHAT: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, written by John Glore, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, produced through special arrangement with Playscripts
WHERE: 142 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101
WHEN:  February 17 – 26, 2017
PERFORMANCES:

  • Friday, February 17 at 4pm
  • Saturday, February 18 at 1 & 4pm
  • Sunday, February 19 at 1 & 4pm
  • Wednesday, February 22 at 11am & 2pm
  • Thursday, February 23 at 11am & 2pm
  • Friday, February 24 at 1 & 4pm
  • Saturday, February 25 at 1 & 4pm
  • Sunday, February 26 at 1 & 4pm

Opening Night Gala + Performance: February 17, 4pm, $18/person

TICKETS: $10 visitors/$9 members, available at the front desk or online at www.kitetails.org

MORE INFO: www.kitetails.org; (207) 828-1234; info@kitetails.org

PRESS CONTACT:  Sandy Boyce, sandy@kitetails.org; (207) 828-1234 ext. 222.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine offers theatre productions and programs, weekly educational programming and a safe, fun place for children and families to play in downtown Portland, Maine. The Museum & Theatre’s 20+ exhibits, 100+ free weekly educational programs, five annual mainstage theatre productions and dozens of outreach opportunities are best enjoyed by children ages six months to 10 years old.

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WAPONAHKI STUDENT ART SHOW OPENING AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been moved to Thursday, January 26th from 3:30-5pm.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2017

Contact: Sandy Boyce, (207) 828-1234 ext. 222, sandy@kitetails.org

WAPONAHKI STUDENT ART SHOW OPENING AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24th
Portland, ME –The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is pleased to announce that it will host the Waponahki Student Art Show on loan from the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. The show opening will take place on Tuesday, January 24th from 3:30 to 5pm at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, located at 142 Free Street in Portland. It will remain on display through April 30, 2017.

The show will feature 45 pieces of original artwork created by children in grades K-12, from all four federally recognized Native American Tribes in Maine. During the opening, visitors will have the opportunity to view and touch Passamaquoddy artifacts.

“We are excited to host this wonderful show,” said Suzanne Olson, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum & Theatre. “Art is universal and a great medium for visitors to learn about Waponahki culture.”

Museum & Theatre educators will create programming around the art show installation, which will focus on shared experiences of visitors and the young Waponahki artists. Periodically, while the show is on display, the Museum & Theatre will host five individual hour-long workshops, where visitors will be encouraged to think about how their lives are similar to the artists’ and create their own art in response. The artwork created by visitors will travel back to the Waponahki student artists so that these children, who have never met, can have a connection and greater understanding of each other’s lives and shared experiences though art.

The Waponahki Student Art Show is sponsored by a grant from the P.W. Sprague Memorial Foundation. For more information on this event and other related events, please visit www.kitetails.org/calendar-of-events or call (207) 828-1234.

LISTING INFORMATION
WHO: Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
WHAT: WAPONAHKI STUDENT ART SHOW OPENING
WHERE: 142 Free St., Portland, ME 04101
WHEN: Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 3:30-5pm
COST: Free with admission to the Museum & Theatre
MORE INFO: www.kitetails.org; (207) 828-1234; info@kitetails.org
PRESS CONTACT: Sandy Boyce, sandy@kitetails.org; (207) 828-1234 ext. 222.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine offers theatre productions and programs, weekly educational programming and a safe, fun place for children and families to play in downtown Portland, Maine. The Museum & Theatre’s 20+ exhibits, 100+ free weekly educational programs, five annual mainstage theatre productions and dozens of outreach opportunities are best enjoyed by children ages six months to 10 years old.

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Winter Break Camp: Smorgasbord!

Five days of fun during winter break! This is a drop-off camp for ages 5-8. Each day features a different theme from live animals to theatre. December 26 to December 30, 9am-12pm. $135 for members, $160 for visitors. Part-week registrations available too! To register call 828-1234 x231, register online here, or stop by the front desk.

Download our camp flyer here!

Get a sneak peek behind the scenes and explore before the museum & theatre is open to the public. Thrive with a small group; we keep our camp size small so each camper gets the attention they need and deserve.

Storytelling Monday: Master the art of storytelling through music, theater, and paint! With a magical bard as our guide, we’ll explore three stories: a musical tale, a spooky legend, and lastly, a humorous twist on an old classic. (Note: The spooky legend is of the silly variety, so if you’re faint of heart, don’t fret.) Then we’ll create our own story stones to use as tools to harness the storyteller within us all.

Live Animal Tuesday: Get a front row seat to see a Spark’s Ark Live Animal Show, meet the honey bees for art time and honey tasting, and dive into our tide pool touch tank to meet sea-stars, urchins and more!

Artsy Wednesday: Join us for day of BIG, messy art! We’ll create giant marble paintings, explore large-scale gravity painting, and make our own constellation self-portraits taking inspiration from a star show in the Museum & Theatre’s mini-planetarium.

Theatre Thursday: Join us for a day of Narnia-inspired theatre! The day will include playing acting games in our theatre; going on an exclusive back-stage tour of our play; then meeting the cast of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and see the play at 11am!

Science Friday: Meet our yellow bellied slider turtles, examine a living sea-star, and study the movement of our frogs. We’ll make science journals to record our adventures in and discover how science is all around us.

Meet our newly named frogs, Prince and Belinda

On November 8, 2016, we held our very own special election, where visitors and followers of the Museum & Theatre had an opportunity to vote on names for our newest live animals. We’re happy to announce that our two American Bullfrogs officially have names, Belinda (female) and Prince (male). Now we can officially say that we have our very own frog Prince right here!

We had a great selection of names to choose from, given to us by visitors and through online submissions. We hope you’ll visit us and stop by to officially meet Belinda and Prince.

 

 

Cast your vote this Election Day

Cast your vote this Election Day

Help name our frogs for a chance to win passes to the Museum & Theatre

They may not be our “furry” friends, but they are definitely our friends. Two American Bullfrogs have joined our Ranger Station and are the newest live animal exhibit that the Museum & Theatre has. We love that this is their new home, but the only problem is that they don’t have names yet! We thought that since Election Day is approaching, we would give our explorers a chance to cast their very own ballot…and help us name our amphibian friends.

We’ll be collecting name suggestions through Monday, November 7. Then, our Frog Naming Council will narrow it down to just four names. We’ll then invite our explorers to vote on their favorite names on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. Votes can be cast at our “Tad Poles” polling area in the building, and we’ll post it online through our website and social media channels. We’ll be sure to announce the winning names the next day. Plus, those who submitted winning names will win two free passes to the Children’s Museum & Theatre!

You can use the form below to send us your name suggestions, comment on our Facebook page, or come in and tell us in person! We’re confident that we’ll end up with the perfect names.

Dates to watch:

  • Now through Monday, November 7: Write in your name suggestions for our frogs!
  • Tuesday, November 8 (Election Day): Vote online or in person for your favorite name!
  • Wednesday, November 9: Winning names to be announced and winner to be contacted for Museum & Theatre passes.

Fun Frog Fact 

Did you know that frogs use their “ribbits” to communicate different messages?

We Are Maine: Where Are They Now? Exhibit Opening

We are happy to announce that our newest exhibit is officially open. A grand opening was held in late October for the popular We Are Maine exhibit. We Are Maine: Where Are They Now? features updates on four of the young people profiled in the original exhibit which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

See where Jahanara, Azad, Koji, and Grace are now and learn how education played a key role in their successes. New features include: How did they get there? – a classroom filled with activities that have inspired our featured alumni. Where Are They now?-an alumni center with information on where the alumni are now and, Where are you going? – a video kiosk that gives visitors the opportunity to share what they want to do or be when they grow up.

Actor Spotlight: Christian

Name: Christian

Age: 8

Grade: 2nd

Where do you go to school?  Holy Cross, South Portland

How many shows have you been in at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of
Maine?  1 of the shows that would happen upstairs in the nature room a
couple years ago.

What do you do when you aren’t doing a play at the Children’s Museum &
Theatre of Maine? I LOVE to play piano.  I also enjoy putting on my own
shows at home.  And directing!  Especially directing my triplet siblings
and my older brother.

What do you like about acting? I like that you get to move a lot.  And be
someone different than who you are.

What character are you playing in The Circus Ship? What do you want people
to know about your character?  Simon the python.  I want people to know he
is very good at tying knots.  And picking them.

What do you want people to know about our show?  That it’s great and they
should come see it!  Please.  🙂

Actor Spotlight: Adelaide

Name: Adelaide

Age: 8

Grade: 2

Where do you go to school? Falmouth Elementary

How many shows have you been in at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of
Maine? This is my 2nd

What do you do when you aren’t doing a play at the Children’s Museum &
Theatre of Maine? Playing with my friends and reading

What do you like about acting? Being on stage

What character are you playing in The Circus Ship? What do you want people
to know about your character? Emma Rose, she is two and a half

What do you want people to know about our show? It is good for children