A Letter to Our Members

Dear Museum & Theatre Members,

Your membership means the world to us. You join us on Members’ Mondays and throughout the year, and when you arrive your children smile, remember our names, and ask for a hand stamp – and this brings joy to us all. You not only support us through your repeated visits and financial support, you also are our ambassadors to the community. We value your input and take your feedback to heart in upgrading exhibits and introducing new programs. You bring friends and family and tell your cities and towns about our unique organization. You make the Museum & Theatre a richer, more vibrant community resource!

I am so excited to share with you more news about our upcoming adventure. In December, the Museum & Theatre purchased 1.12 acres of land at Thompson’s Point as the location for our future home. We expect to open the doors of the new Museum & Theatre in fall of 2019.

The future building will take time to build, and before we build the foundation, we will first pre-load the site to prepare it. As you drive or walk by Thompson’s point, you will soon see a construction fence and a very large pile of dirt. The dirt will sit on our new lot for several months, slowly compressing the soil and creating a perfect spot on which to build our future home.

While construction is underway, we plan to remain open at the 142 Free Street location through summer of 2019. You might have questions about how this move could impact your membership. Please rest assured that we are keeping current exhibits and programs at 142 Free Street vital, exciting, and updated. Your membership will provide a full year of play and learning, and member benefits will travel to our future home when we move. As you visit over the next year, keep an eye out for fun changes to the Car Shop exhibit, and (especially for those with older kids!) look for upgrades to the Lights, Camera, Color: Camera Obscura exhibit. The Playscape has returned to the first floor and will remain until we move. We will be exploring early morning hours on Tuesday mornings from 9-10 this spring to better suit the needs of younger audiences. Our daily activities and celebrations continue to grow; check out our expanded camp options for ages 4-8 (with day-long experiences this summer!).

When we move to Thompson’s Point, our future home will offer wonderful benefits to members, including:

  • a brand new building (30,000 square feet)
  • 100 seat theatre designed for family audiences
  • exhibits designed to expand our age range to 1-14
  • an entire STEM floor with dynamic water, air & ramp ball, and color & light exhibits
  • aquatic exhibits showcasing Maine’s diverse ecosystem and multiple touch tanks
  • a climbing structure for all ages including a toddler crawl-through and a slide
  • a dedicated nursing space and a family bathroom
  • dedicated pay-to-park parking for visitors
  • an expanded infant and toddler space
  • a brand new fire truck
  • ADA designed exhibits and building with increased accessibility for all needs and abilities
  • an increasingly diverse visitor base and grow initiatives such as scholarships and programs for families with special needs
  • opening celebrations for current members

Thank you to our incredible members for your loyalty and excitement during this period of transition. We sincerely appreciate your support, and we are delighted that you are joining us on this journey!

Sincerely,

 

 

Lucia Stancioff, Deputy Director
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
(207) 828-1234 ext. 225
www.kitetails.org

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Canned Cat Food Drive to Benefit ARLGP!

Click here to download a flyer to help spread the word!

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is partnering with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Help us reach our goal of collecting 800 cans to feed the shelter cats for a whole month!

Please bring your can donations to the Museum & Theatre, located at 142 Free Street in downtown Portland, through the month of April. A drop off location is designated at the Front Desk.

While you’re at it…

Check out a production of Puss in Boots, performed by young actors running April 12-28. Click here for info or to purchase tickets!

Or…

Meet a live at our Story of a Cat programming on Saturday afternoons through April 14.

See Feline Friends Up Close and Personal as Puss in Boots Takes the Stage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2018

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

SEE FELINE FRIENDS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL AS PUSS IN BOOTS TAKES THE STAGE

 Portland, ME – Join the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in a lively adventure of Puss in Boots, inspired by feline friends at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP)! The two organizations have teamed up to offer special pet adoption programming and a canned cat food drive, culminating in a final performance at ARLGP’s shelter. Puss in Boots runs April 12th-28th. Show times include April 12, 24, and 27at 4pm, April 13-15 at 1pm and 4pm, April 18-19 at 11am and 2pm, April 20 and 22 at 1pm and 4pm, and a special performance at ARLGP on April 28 at 5:30pm. Tickets are $10.

Puss in Boots, adapted for the Museum & Theatre’s stage by playwright Brent Askari, tells the story of a not-so-ordinary cat who promises to help his human earn a better life in exchange for a nice pair of boots. The ultimate trickster, Puss in Boots uses his wits and bravery to turn a down-on-his-luck kid into the famous Count of Carabas! Complete with dancing shoes, crazy siblings, and a very ogre sing-along, this is a show you don’t want to miss! Based on the fairy tales by Giovanni Francesco Straparola and Charles Perrault and directed by Reba Short.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine and to welcome their production of Puss in Boots to the ARLGP,” said Jeana Roth, Director of Community Engagement at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. “This fun and engaging performance is sure to be the cat’s meow for our ARLGP friends and adopters.”

“This partnership fosters empathy and empowers youth to create social change,” says Reba Short, Director of Theatre and Education at the Museum & Theatre. “It’s important to offer children opportunities to develop these traits, and we are delighted to present this play.”

In addition to the show, ARLGP and the Museum & Theatre have teamed up to help adult cats find new, loving homes in special Saturday afternoon programming titled ‘Story of a Cat.’ This program, running through April 14th, offers an opportunity to meet cats and create feline-inspired artwork and stories. During this time and throughout the month of April, the Museum & Theatre will also be collecting canned cat food for cats in need, which will be donated to ARLGP. By collecting 800 cans of cat food, shelter cats will be fed for an entire month. Cans can be dropped off at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.

The production of Puss in Boots is sponsored by Taproot. Programming and production support is made possible by generous support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust.

Museum & Theatre productions are staged “by kids, for kids.” The theatre is intimate and comfortable, and the Museum & Theatre welcomes first-time audience members. Performances usually last about one hour with no intermission. Tickets are $10 (members receive a 10% discount) and are available at the front desk and online at www.kitetails.org. For a full performance schedule, visit www.kitetails.org.

LISTING INFORMATION

WHO: Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

WHAT: Puss in Boots, adapted for the Museum & Theatre’s stage by playwright Brent Askari, based on fairy tales by Giovanni Francesco Straparola and Charles Perrault, directed by Reba Short

WHERE: 142 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101

WHEN:  April 12 – 28, 2018

PERFORMANCES:

  • Thursday, April 12, 4pm Opening Night ($18)
  • Friday, April 13, 1pm & 4pm
  • Saturday, April 14, 1pm & 4pm
  • Sunday, April 15, 1pm & 4pm
  • Wednesday, April 18, 11am & 2pm
  • Thursday, April 19, 11am & 2pm
  • Friday, April 20, 1pm & 4pm
  • Saturday, April 21, 4pm
  • Sunday, April 22, 1pm & 4pm
  • Friday, April 27, 4pm

Saturday, April 28, 5:30pm: Special performance at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

Opening Night Gala + Performance: Thursday, April 12, 4pm, $18/person

Final Performance at ARLGP: Saturday, April 28, 5:30pm, $10/person, 217 Landing Road, Westbrook, Maine 04092

TICKETS: $10/ticket (Museum & Theatre members receive a 10% discount), available at the front desk or online at www.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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