Art Class for Girls Ages 6-9 (R$)

Thursdays in March (5, 12, 19, 26) | 3:30-5:45pm

Art is a powerful vehicle for expression and communication, even at a very young age. This four session class will allow young girls to develop their sense of selves through art, friendship and their feelings using authentic artistic techniques and materials. Each class will begin by viewing a piece of art as a prompt to build observational skills and broaden our understanding of historical context and personal interpretation. We’ll discuss each piece in relation to our own experiences and then work on a project that represents our own individual points of view. Projects will encourage personal character development and confidence-building in a thoughtful and supportive environment.

Materials may include paint, collage, text, fabric and/or clay depending on interest of the participants. Our workshops offer a unique opportunity for children to meet other children from a variety of backgrounds. This is a drop-off class instructed by museum educator and teaching artist, Louisa Donelson.

FMI contact Louisa@kitetails.org. Cost is $80 for 4 weeks for members/$95 for visitors. Scholarship memberships available.

Registration deadline is Friday, February 27, 2015.

To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Click here to register online!

WGME13 Gives Coverage to Scholarship Membership Needs

Earlier this week, Kim Block from WGME13 visited our museum to interview our Executive Director, Suzanne Olson. This winter and the parade of bad weather conditions & bitter cold has greatly challenged countless families in need. The story is here:

 

PORTLAND (WGME) — All the cold weather has families flocking to the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. But for some families, the cost of admission is out of reach. That’s why the museum offers scholarships to help make the museum accessible to everyone.

That fund is running dry, though, and the museum is hoping Mainers will consider making a difference for families in need.

“One letter I had recently that really touched me came from a homeless father who has a chance to have his children visit once a month. He wrote me a letter saying ‘I want a place I can be proud to bring my children and spend time with them together,’ pretty hard to say ‘no’ to that,” Suzanne Olson, Executive Director, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, said.

A one year admission scholarship is $95, but the museum says it will gladly accept donations of any kind to help families enjoy the museum. No one is turned away, but the fund helps a lot.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Put on a Play in Just One Day: Strega Nona

Have you ever heard of Strega Nona and her magic pasta pot? In two hours we will learn a story, rehearse, and put on a play for our families! This workshop is best for children age 3-7 years old.

$15/member, $20/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Throwback Thursday: 142 Free Street and John Calvin Stevens

Today’s Throwback Thursday post is going to throw you way, way back. Today, we’re taking a look not at the goings on inside but the outside of the museum.

Did you know that the Museum & Theatre’s current residence is an historic building? Believe it or not, this building is 185 years old! And it’s more tied into other structures in Portland than you may know.

142 Free Street was originally the home to a theatre, erected in 1830. Six years later, the building became the Free Street Baptist Church, and remained a church for nearly a century before being renovated in 1926 by local architect John Calvin Stevens.

Stevens worked primarily in the Shingle style and Colonial Revival style, and designed hundreds of homes, churches, libraries and other buildings throughout Maine.  Stevens and his son and building partner, John Howard Stevens, restored the building in 1926 in the Greek Revival style when it became the Portland Chamber of Commerce. When you walk by our building, you’re sure to notice the ancient Greek-inspired ionic columns, symmetrical facade, and aligned multi-paned windows around the central front door, indicative of the Greek Revival style. In the early 1990s, the Chamber of Commerce building became our home, and opened as the Children’s Museum of Maine in 1993.

If you take a walk through Portland, chances are you’ve passed a building that Stevens either designed or altered without even knowing it, such as the L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Galleries belonging to our neighbors, the Portland Museum of Art, or the Gothic tower on the State Street church. Stevens’ own 1884 home is still standing in the West End.

The front of our building from Free Street: check out those columns!

The front of our building from Free Street: check out those columns!

Several great local artists and artisans have left their mark on this building… we’ve talked about some of them, but others will be highlighted in other TBT posts soon! Next time you visit, take a look at our giant windows, and look through the Camera Obscura at the streets around us – there’s history on all sides of us, and it’s nice to be a part of it!

Teensy Weensy Acting Class: Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Parties FIRST CLASS in SIX week series! Starts Wednesday, March 4th!

What’s Teensy Weensy Acting Class? A literacy and creative development program for ages 3-5. Over a period of six weeks, young actors dive into a story, processing it with imagination, puppetry, music and dance. At the end of the last class, young actors put on a show for their families. This is an excellent opportunity for preschool-age children to give acting a try, become storytellers and work as a group.

Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Parties: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and April 1 and 8.

Have you ever wondered if animals have a favorite food? In this Teensy Weensy class we will be acting out two of the silliest children’s books on the New York Times best sellers list, Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. Prepare to sneak around like a pizza loving raccoon or crunch on some tacos like a fire-breathing dragon! Caregivers, family and friends are invited to an 11am show on April 8.

$90/member, $120/visitor. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Sign up online here!

Robin Hood Auditions

We’re seeking actors between the ages of 8 and 17 to bring an original retelling of everyone’s favorite adventure story to life for younger children.

If you are interested in performing on our stage, please prepare a one minute monologue and arrive anytime between 3pm and 5pm on Tuesday March 3rd.

Charlie On the Road!

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Well, Congress Street to be more exact!

Last week, our talented troupe of young actors took their show down the street to our neighbors at the Portland Public Library, to give them their own taste of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Enjoy these awesome photos (thanks PPL!) and please check out one of our remaining performances of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” running until Feb.22.

 

 

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: Theatre Class for 6-8 Year Olds Begins March 3rd

Attention 6-8 year olds! We know you’re excited to act on our stage, and we have a special class for you. This is a chance for you to learn all about acting from how to develop a character to what a monologue is. Get some experience before you audition for your first theatre show. Sign up for The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! Do you think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs? Think again! We’ll have a silly adventure with a sneezy wolf and some sassy pigs. Payment required at time of registration. Class meets Tuesdays from 4-5:00. (Class meets 3/3-3/17 with a final performance for family and friends on Tuesday 3/17 at 4:45pm.) This is a drop-off program; space is limited. Sign up today!

6-8 year olds / 3 week session. $45/child for members and $60/child for visitors. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Sign up online here!

Save the Date – Annual Auction 2015

Save the date!

2015 Annual Auction
Friday, May 8, 2015 from 6-10pm
Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street, Portland

Tickets will be available March 30th.

For more information about Auction 2015, including sponsorship opportunities, making a donation, or volunteering for the auction committee, please contact Alicia Gaudet at (207) 828-1234 x242 or alicia@kitetails.org.

All proceeds from the Annual Auction benefit the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine’s educational exhibits, programming and theatre productions. It also supports families in need through our scholarship membership program.

Sparks’ Ark Live Animal Show

Join wildlife rehabilitator Josh Sparks to meet some truly amazing live animals and hear some awesome stories of animal rescue! Past animal presentations have included a fuzzy chinchilla, an owl and a flying squirrel! Show is half-hour in length.

Reservations highly recommended.

$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.