I’m Reba. Be one of my campers!

About Reba:

BA Theatre Arts, Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)
MA Theatre Education, Emerson College (Boston, MA) (expected 2013)
Reba spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, where she facilitated a clowning troupe and helped them teach theatre workshops for youth all over the south-west region of the country. Aside from directing five mainstage productions per year at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, Reba is an active member of Portland’s thriving theatre community. Reba uses theatre to teach anything and anything to teach theatre, loves making art with young actors, and loves watching young people find their spark!

Here’s what Reba has to say about her 2013 summer camps:

Parents approach me all the time asking what opportunities we have for younger actors. Our theatre productions are for ages eight and up, and they have seven-year-olds, six-year-olds, even four-year-olds chomping at the bit to act on our stage. Aside from Teensy Weensy Acting classes for three- to five-year-olds, we offer theatre camps for ages four to eight.

• Once Upon a Time (7/8-7/12) •

For four- to six-year-olds, we believe that inspiring a love of storytelling and a spark of imagination is key. This year,  Once Upon a Time camp will focus on five different fairy tales: Jack and the Beanstalk; Rapunzel; The Magic Fish; Hansel and Gretel; and the Frog Prince. We’ll be telling tales and creating interdisciplinary opportunities to bring the fairy tales to life.  Young children will have a chance to listen, respond and live each tale. On Friday, we’ll put on a performance for our friends and family – a special presentation of our favorite fairytale moments during the week.

• Story in a Bottle (8/19-8/23) •

Later in the summer, we’ll use our imaginations, theatre improvisation and some basic writing skills to develop a story. In the beginning of camp, we’ll discover a cryptic message that washed up on the shore after a hurricane. As a group, we’ll create the backstory.  This camp is based on the Waldorf principal of writing before reading. We believe that by writing the script, the actors will have more control over the story and have a better understanding of the subtext behind their words. This camp will offer chances for mystery, code-breaking, and interpersonal development as we work together to create the play.

A children’s theatre for kids, by kids requires a special kind of actor. Even in our camps, we’re offering concepts and curricula that will develop future actors for our stage! Actors that have experienced our camps come to auditions familiar with the expectations and confident in themselves as actors.

Talk to Reba:

Curious about Reba’s camps? Contact Reba at 828-1234 x247 or email her at reba@kitetails.org.

Ready to register? You can do it online here or call Shana at 828-1234 x232.

I’m Jamie. Be one of my campers!

About Jamie:

BFA Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art (Baltimore, MD)
MA Cultural Sustainability, Goucher College (Towson, MD) (expected 2013)
Combining her love of world cultures, art and imagination is one of Jamie’s favorite things about working at the Children’s Museum & Theatre. In her career as an educator, Jamie incorporates the lens of an artist into facilitating creative, play-based learning across disciplines. Previously she has worked as an educator privately and at various organizations, including Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Here’s what Jamie has to say about her 2013 summer camps:

Just as I love planning my summer vegetable garden in the winter, I love spending January afternoons thinking about summer camps. This year I’ve got animals, movies and storytelling on the brain – three things little ones and I both can’t get enough of.

• Act Like an Animal (7/15-7/19) •

We’ll spend the week pretending, playing, and learning about all different kinds of crazy creatures that we share the earth with. We’ll combine storytelling with costume making, creative play with face paint, and learn about some pretty amazing animal adaptations in the process. As we work as a group to create and act out our own animal stories, we’ll also see animal-themed star shows and read stories like Frog and Toad and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. We’ll make sure to spend some time with our resident yellow-bellied slider turtles, honeybee hive, and touch tank full of Casco Bay sea creatures. In this camp, I’m focusing on getting young children excited about and inspired by the many different creatures we share the planet with. We’ll build our literacy skills through group reading, storytelling and dramatic role play; we’ll also practice fine and gross motor skills through costume creation and animal games. And of course, we’ll exercise our imaginations nonstop. This camp is developmentally appropriate for 4- to 6-year-olds. If your child is fascinated by animals and loves playing pretend, stories, and costume-making, this is the camp for them.

• Multimedia Movies (8/5-8/9) •

This camp is also about storytelling, but in a different format – moving pictures! We’ll rediscover the first types of moving images by exploring zoetropes, fancy flip books, thaumatropes, praxinoscopes, shadow puppets, and much more. We’ll also use the museum’s Camera Obscura to learn all about optics, light, and how our eyes process information – and how movies were eventually invented out of this incredible device. Through creative projects like making zoetropes and creating puppet shows, we’ll learn the art of composition, framing, sequencing, and narrative. By learning about the similarities between cameras and our eyes, we’ll explore properties of light and moving images. Teamwork, creative expression and storytelling will all be a part of our final movie, set to premiere on Friday morning at the end of camp. This camp is designed for 6- to 8-year-olds. This is a fantastic camp for any young film enthusiast, storyteller, or artist!

Talk to Jamie:

Curious about Jamie’s camps? Contact Jamie at 828-1234 x241 or email her at jamie@kitetails.org.

Ready to register? You can do it online here or call Shana at 828-1234 x232.

I’m Louisa. Be one of my campers!

About Louisa:

BFA Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI)
A schooled painter and active member of Portland’s art community, Louisa instills a sense of aesthetics and creativity into all of her work as an educator. Her previous education work spans the country and includes the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco as well as work with at-risk youth in California, New Hampshire and Maine. Louisa’s deep curiosity about the world – from modern art to rocks and gems – informs her interdisciplinary approach to education with children of all ages.

Here’s what Louisa has to say about her 2013 summer camps:

• Ooey Gooey Art (7/29-8/2) •

Art making encourages….

  • Respect for self, others and nature
  • Self-evaluation
  • How to learn from our mistakes
  • How to see another point of view
  • Fine motor skills (lots of gross motor, too!)
  • Development of aesthetic taste or opinion
  • How to clean up
  • Cause and effect, chemical reactions
  • Connection-making

I’m excited to harness campers’ physical energy with some great, process-based art making. This is camp all about experimentation in an open-ended way. It’s messy and silly. We’ll have a subtle focus on shape, color, form, scale, materials and line, while keeping it flexible and driven by the children’s interests. A simple project like making our own colorful play dough creates so many developmental opportunities. For example, the malleable nature of play dough makes it a perfect material for investigation and exploration, while it also builds strength in our hand muscles, preparing us for more complex materials that require control. Not to mention, we’ll make it ourselves and learn about chemical reactions, ratios and measuring, and color mixing. Come to Ooey Gooey Art camp to get messy and (secretly) learn a whole lot.

• Wearable Art (6/24-6/28) •

A popular subject matter for art since the beginning of time has been the human. Its beauty and complexity has been pondered and appreciated for millions of years. I feel this is likely because of its convenience – the human body is always present (even if it is only yourself!). We’re going to use our bodies as the inspiration for this art camp. How can we make art that attaches to our bodies and works with our unique form and movement? Can we paint our hands and turn them into animal heads? How silly can we make a hat, and what shapes best fit for our heads? What type of design would look really great on a t-shirt? And what kind of necklace best represents you? The camp, designed for 6- to 8-year-olds, is focused on craft versus art and will introduce new materials and techniques to budding designers.

Talk to Louisa:

Curious about Louisa’s camps? Contact Louisa at 828-1234 x227 or email her at louisa@kitetails.org.

Ready to register? You can do it online here or call Shana at 828-1234 x232.

I’m Ryan. Be one of my campers!

Ryan and a camper conducting a (very messy!) science experiement.About Ryan:

BS Wildlife Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) (Syracuse, NY)
MPS Natural Resource and Recreation Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) (Syracuse, NY)
From the time he was a young boy in his native state of New York (the upstate part!), Ryan has been captivated by the outdoors and all things science. Ryan has a variety of experience working with youth in science-related programs as a volunteer educator for the NYS Parks Department and as a science educator with his college. He sees science education as a way to engage youth in their natural surroundings and aims to make science something fun and enjoyable.

Here’s what Ryan has to say about his 2013 summer camps:

• Young Inventors (7/22-7/26) •

As a child, one of my favorite activities was to play with my Lego sets. I relished the excitement of building giant castles with secret folding trap doors and collapsing draw bridges. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was engineering: using my imagination and creativity to build something from nothing. The opening of the Child Inventor Service exhibit is a testament to the Museum’s mission to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM) into early childhood learning. This inspired me to create Young Inventors Camp, all about building, designing, and of course, inventing. I’m really looking forward to inspiring curiosity and creativity in the campers and watching what they will build with it. On the last day of camp, we’ll test our engineering skills in a special Egg Mobile Crash Test Derby. Everyone is invited to watch and cheer on the Young Inventors!

• Dinos Rock! (8/12-8/16) •

No childhood is complete without some infatuation with the giant reptilian creatures of long ago. Their size, diversity, and mystique make dinosaurs a great topic for a summer camp. In Dinos Rock! camp, we will be exploring other ancient animals like mastodons, giant ground sloths and even a cheetah that roamed the Great Plains of North America. The museum has many real fossils and replicas that we will examine for a hands-on experience. We’ll make our own fossil casts and become paleontologists as we venture on an exciting dig in the backyard.

Talk to Ryan:

Curious about Ryan’s camps? Contact Ryan at 828-1234 x229 or email him at ryan@kitetails.org.

Ready to register? You can do it online here or call Shana at 828-1234 x232.