Cheers for Brooks, Our Veteran Actor!

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As many of you know, we just wrapped a fantastic production of “Robin Hood” here at the Museum & Theatre. It was a truly hysterical play written specifically for our Theatre by Brett Askari, and we enjoyed a great run of capacity audiences over the past week and a half.

One standout of this production is our friend Brooks, one of the young actors on stage in “Robin Hood.” Brooks may be a familar name and face to those who come to our Theatre regularly, as Brooks has been in no less than 19 SHOWS during his 9 year run with us here. WOW!

We hope that this isn’t Brooks’ last show with us, as talent like his is a gift to everyone!

Please congratulate Brooks on a his work on “Robin Hood,” and so many more over the years. Thank you, Brooks, for being such a great part of what we do here.

 

 

Hancock Lumber Celebrates Earth Day and 10 Years of “Tree to Timber!”

Happy Earth Day, and happy 10 years to Tree to Timber! Our company, Hancock Lumber, has been the proud sponsor of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine’s second floor sustainable forestry and pine manufacturing exhibit since 2005. We love sharing what we do with the thousands of kids and their families who visit the Museum & Theatre every year.

TreeToTimber3-sawmill-girlplayingIn Tree to Timber, we not only get to talk about the process of harvesting trees, we let kids in on the experience. From an interactive video game to a sawmill, children can watch the felling of trees, then help turn the logs into lumber using the sawmill crank. The exhibit is also home to a treehouse where you can build your own structures using interlocking wood blocks – the only limit to what you can build is your imagination!

We’re also excited to be a part of the Museum & Theatre’s Earth Day celebration this Wednesday, April 22nd, for the second year in a row. Last year’s Earth Day festivities were a huge hit: we had a meet and greet with our mascot, Forest Hancock, and gave away over 200 White Pine seedlings to visitors. Eastern White Pine –the kind of trees that grow in our forest and we make into boards—seedlings will be available to children and their families for free again this year (while supplies last).

Check out all of the Earth Day activities, including reading stories about forests, planting seeds, and more! While you’re here, take a turn at the sawmill or building a home in Tree to Timber, then take home your own seedling and plant a tree for the next generation to enjoy.

Hancock Lumber started doing business in Maine over 166 years ago –in 1848! We responsibly manage forests, selectively harvest Eastern White Pine trees to manufacture into boards at our sawmills, ship those boards all over the world and sell them at our 10 lumberyards throughout Maine and New Hampshire! We also sell building materials to contractors and homeowners at those locations. Being connected to the community, however, is one of the most important parts of our business. We are so proud of the space we’ve created together with the amazing team at the museum and look forward to continuing the partnership for many years to come! Please visit our website to learn about our community involvement: http://www.hancocklumber.com/retail/community.

Exploring "Tree to Timber." Photo by Olivia Birdsall.

Exploring “Tree to Timber.” Photo by Olivia Birdsall.

 

 

Robin Hood On the Road

Last Friday we presented a few scenes from Robin Hood for our friends at Portland Public Library! We also played an interactive game with the audience called “foot soldier”  / “food cart”. Here are some pictures from our game! (The guys in the hats are Robin Hood and Little John, played by Max Cromwell and Oliver Hettenbach!) We’re looking forward to opening night!

Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with a full day of interactive science programs, Earth-inspired art projects, puppet shows, and general merriment in honor of the planet we call home.

Free with admission.

Spring Break Science Exploration Mini-Camp

Join us for three days of curiosity quenching science exploration! We’ll use the museum’s exhibits and natural artifacts as prompts for fun experiments, art projects, and games. We’ll learn about incredible springtime insects, explore ocean depths, become mini-meteorologists, and solve scientific riddles along the way! This is a drop-off camp for ages 5-8. Runs 4/21-4/23.

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

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Taiko Drumming Fest

Our new Taiko Drumming exhibit opens April 19th – join us to hear some amazing percussive music from Japan, sample Japanese food, and more! Funded by the Sam L. Cohen Foundation.

Free with admission.

Robin Hood: Theatre Performance

Robin Hood is a slapstick romp through medieval times that you will never forget! This fresh re-telling of Robin Hood by local playwright Brent Askari is complete with archery, romance, and a whole lot of puns. Robin is an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but does he have what it takes to be a true leader of the people? Pop star minstrels, merry bands, and a hip hop Lil’ J put a modern twist on this classic tale that will be sure to have you laughing in your seats.

Commissioned with support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust by Maine’s premier for kids, by kids acting company at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.

For advance purchases: $8/member, $9/visitor, $16/stay and play. $1 fee applies to all tickets purchased on the day of the performance. To purchase tickets call 1-800-838-3006, stop by the front desk or visit www.kitetails.org.

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

Mini Moviemakers: Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Calling all movie-makers! In this afternoon workshop, we’ll work together to make a short stop-motion animation movie. You’ll learn about how animation works and then get to view your group movie on the web once it’s published. Ideal for ages 6+.

$16/members, $22/visitors. This is a drop-off program. To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Click here to register online!