Thank You to United Way Day of Caring Volunteers!

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Day of Caring is an annual day of service sponsored by the United Way of Greater Portland. The day kicks-off with a short program in the Back Cove. Following the festivities, more than 1,000 volunteers from local businesses and schools will spend the day working at nearly 70 projects including painting, trail clearing, gardening and organizing. Greater Portland literally sparkles at the end of the day!

Today, volunteers from TD Bank and LL Bean are here to lend a hand and help with several projects inside and out at our Museum & Theatre. Thank you to LL Bean, TD Bank, and United Way of Greater Portland for organizing and working toward a beautifully cared-for Portland!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday – Join Us for a Party!

Let’s celebrate our moms by throwing them a party. We’ll bake them something special – then eat it with tea, of course! We’ll also make one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day cards for this special day.

Free with admission. 10:30am-12pm.

 

Improvisation with our Theatre Actors!

Do you know what our actors love to do when they aren’t rehearsing? They play improv games, and they want to play some for you! In the spirit of shows like “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”, you’re invited to join us for games like “What are you doing?”, “Freeze” and “Bus stop!” We aren’t sure what will happen, but we guarantee you’ll laugh!

The Improv Troupe is sponsored by Yankee Restoration & Building.

$3/member, $4/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

May 16th at 2pm.

Click here to purchase tickets online!

Free Shakespeare Workshops for Ages 8-17

Begins today!

In preparation for our summer production Shakespeare’s Stories, we are offering ten free Shakespeare workshops for all interested young actors between the ages of eight to seventeen. This is an opportunity to learn about and experiment with Shakespeare outside a traditional rehearsal process.

Young actors will become familiar with the language of Shakespeare, as well as some of his most magical stories: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. Only actors that have attended five out of ten Shakespeare Workshops at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine are eligible to be cast in our summer show.

Funding for these free workshops provided by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. FMI email reba@kitetails.org.

Workshop dates:

May 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 & 16

June 2, 4, 6, 9 & 11

Workshop times:

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30-6pm

Saturdays from 9:30am-12pm

Singing Science: Drop-Off Class for 3-5 Year Olds

Let’s get silly with song as we explore the natural world! In this class designed for ages 3 – 5, we’ll use stories and music to investigate the Museum & Theatre’s live turtles and fish, fossils and minerals, and other natural specimens. Through movement, rhythms, and rhyme, we’ll practice being young scientific sleuths as we hone our creative and critical thinking skills. At the end of the month, we’ll go home with a book of songs to remind us of all that we have learned!

This is a drop-off program, and space is limited, so sign up today.
Singing Science: Thursdays May 7-28.
$60/members, $75/visitors. To register, call 207-828-1234×231 or stop by the front desk.

Shakespeare Is For All Ages!

“But wait, my child’s too young for Shakespeare!” At the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, we say “Nay!”

Young children are not intimidated by Shakespeare. The Royal Shakespeare Company claims Shakespeare should be taught early, four and five year olds are fearless and accustomed to trying out new language and learning new words. In fact, when children encounter Shakespeare at an early age, most of them become highly engaged in the rich and playful language, the stories, and the complex characters.

In a creative and playful setting, Shakespeare’s text can be used to engage and ignite young children with creative word play and vocabulary building. The stories themselves tap into the imagination in imaginative and often archetypal ways. 85% of brain development occurs by age three. A child’s level of language and early literacy skill development in the first five years of life are indicative of future success in school and the workforce.

By exposing young children to Shakespearean text early, we hope to encourage a love of literacy and a fearless drive towards language comprehension.