TRAVEL TO A WEIRD & WACKY MUSICAL WORLD AS THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES TAKES THE STAGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2017

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

Portland, ME –The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine’s production of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales takes the stage February 17 – 26, 2017. Shows are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am and 2pm, and February 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, and 26th at 1pm. Tickets are $9-$18.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, written by John Glore and based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, features Jack (and his giant), Cinderella, and the Gingerbread Man like you’ve never been seen them before! In this is weird and wacky musical world, characters and stories may sound familiar, but each story is hilariously derailed and gets a complete makeover. You’ll meet crazy characters, such as sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, rapping UGLY ducks, and of course, very stinky cheese. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is performed for kids and families by our company of young actors.

The Museum & Theatre’s Theatre and Education Director, Reba Short, says of the play, “I recommend reading Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s story The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales before you buy tickets, so you can get a sense of exactly how silly this experience will be. It’s a play within a play, with some of your favorite fairy tale characters taking charge of their own stories. The princesses are divas, the Ugly Duck is a rap star, cow patties and the table of contents fall from the sky, and the Surgeon General is trying to shut the whole thing down. It’s a romp through a ridiculous fairy tale world and sure to have you rolling in your seat!”

The Museum & Theatre will also hold a special Opening Night Gala performance and party on Friday, February 17 starting at 4pm. Tickets are $18 per person and include a ticket to the after party to celebrate with the cast and crew and enjoy refreshments.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is sponsored by Cabot Creamery Cooperative. For more information on this show or any of our other programming, please visit www.kitetails.org or call (207) 828-1234.

A full listing of events is available at www.kitetails.org/theatre/our-season.

LISTING INFORMATION
WHO:
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

WHAT: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, written by John Glore, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, produced through special arrangement with Playscripts
WHERE: 142 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101
WHEN:  February 17 – 26, 2017
PERFORMANCES:

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

Opening Night Gala + Performance: February 17, 4pm, $18/person

TICKETS: $10 visitors/$9 members, available at the front desk or online at www.kitetails.org

MORE INFO: www.kitetails.org; (207) 828-1234; info@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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WAPONAHKI STUDENT ART SHOW OPENING AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been moved to Thursday, January 26th from 3:30-5pm.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2017

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

WAPONAHKI STUDENT ART SHOW OPENING AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & THEATRE OF MAINE, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24th
Portland, ME –The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is pleased to announce that it will host the Waponahki Student Art Show on loan from the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. The show opening will take place on Tuesday, January 24th from 3:30 to 5pm at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, located at 142 Free Street in Portland. It will remain on display through April 30, 2017.

The show will feature 45 pieces of original artwork created by children in grades K-12, from all four federally recognized Native American Tribes in Maine. During the opening, visitors will have the opportunity to view and touch Passamaquoddy artifacts.

“We are excited to host this wonderful show,” said Suzanne Olson, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum & Theatre. “Art is universal and a great medium for visitors to learn about Waponahki culture.”

Museum & Theatre educators will create programming around the art show installation, which will focus on shared experiences of visitors and the young Waponahki artists. Periodically, while the show is on display, the Museum & Theatre will host five individual hour-long workshops, where visitors will be encouraged to think about how their lives are similar to the artists’ and create their own art in response. The artwork created by visitors will travel back to the Waponahki student artists so that these children, who have never met, can have a connection and greater understanding of each other’s lives and shared experiences though art.

The Waponahki Student Art Show is sponsored by a grant from the P.W. Sprague Memorial Foundation. For more information on this event and other related events, please visit www.kitetails.org/calendar-of-events or call (207) 828-1234.

LISTING INFORMATION
WHO: Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
WHAT: WAPONAHKI STUDENT ART SHOW OPENING
WHERE: 142 Free St., Portland, ME 04101
WHEN: Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 3:30-5pm
COST: Free with admission to the Museum & Theatre
MORE INFO: www.kitetails.org; (207) 828-1234; info@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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Winter Break Camp: Smorgasbord!

Five days of fun during winter break! This is a drop-off camp for ages 5-8. Each day features a different theme from live animals to theatre. December 26 to December 30, 9am-12pm. $135 for members, $160 for visitors. Part-week registrations available too! To register call 828-1234 x231, register online here, or stop by the front desk.

Download our camp flyer here!

Get a sneak peek behind the scenes and explore before the museum & theatre is open to the public. Thrive with a small group; we keep our camp size small so each camper gets the attention they need and deserve.

Storytelling Monday: Master the art of storytelling through music, theater, and paint! With a magical bard as our guide, we’ll explore three stories: a musical tale, a spooky legend, and lastly, a humorous twist on an old classic. (Note: The spooky legend is of the silly variety, so if you’re faint of heart, don’t fret.) Then we’ll create our own story stones to use as tools to harness the storyteller within us all.

Live Animal Tuesday: Get a front row seat to see a Spark’s Ark Live Animal Show, meet the honey bees for art time and honey tasting, and dive into our tide pool touch tank to meet sea-stars, urchins and more!

Artsy Wednesday: Join us for day of BIG, messy art! We’ll create giant marble paintings, explore large-scale gravity painting, and make our own constellation self-portraits taking inspiration from a star show in the Museum & Theatre’s mini-planetarium.

Theatre Thursday: Join us for a day of Narnia-inspired theatre! The day will include playing acting games in our theatre; going on an exclusive back-stage tour of our play; then meeting the cast of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and see the play at 11am!

Science Friday: Meet our yellow bellied slider turtles, examine a living sea-star, and study the movement of our frogs. We’ll make science journals to record our adventures in and discover how science is all around us.

Big News About the Big Draw!

Calling all doodlers! This October, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is participating in The Big Draw, an international drawing festival that celebrates drawing in all its forms. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival  attracts  hundreds of thousands of participants from all over the world, giving everyone a chance make art and connect with their community. The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is proud to be the only official Big Draw partner in the state of Maine this year.

To celebrate, we’ve scheduled a ton of fun, interactive drawing and art workshops and classes. We’re also welcoming three fantastic guest artists to our Artists in Residence Program during The Big Draw. Look for Johanna, Faith, and Emmeline as they create interactive, large scale works of art created by YOU! Children and families are encouraged to work together to create a seascape mural with Johanna, constellation art with Faith, and art based on your favorite things with Emmeline.

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Other Big Draw workshops include: Draw a Song, Movement Portraits, Nature Drawing, Alphabet Art, Story Book Creations, Movement Portraits and More.

For details on all of our special programs and workshops, check out our calendar of events all through October to go with the Big Draw!

If you miss the workshops and programs, visit us on November 6 for First Friday and view the finished projects during a special Museum & Theatre Big Draw gallery show. Museum admission is just $2 from 5-8pm on First Friday.

Our Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report Is Now Online!

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine annual report for fiscal year 2015 is here. Thank you to all of our donors, business members, sponsors, members, volunteers, and visitors for making this one of our best years yet!

Click here to download a pdf copy from our website.

Chris Van Dusen Visits “Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure.”

Today, we were thrilled and honored to welcome back our good friend Chris Van Dusen to the Museum & Theatre. Mr. Van Dusen, an acclaimed Maine author and illustrator, was here to greet fans at the “Down to the Sea: An Outdoor Adventure” exhibit, named after his book “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee.”

 

Thank You for the Shout-Out, Montreal Gazette!

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Congrats to our across-the-way neighbors at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel , who got this very favorable piece of press from the Montreal Gazette. The author, Rochelle Lash, shouts out the Museum & Theatre at the end of the piece, mentioning our placement at the heart of the Arts District.

Thank you to Rochelle and the Montreal Gazette for thinking of us!

Reba Short Joins Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artists Roster

The Maine Arts Commission is excited to offer a free online roster which features Maine-based professional artists, with skills and experience teaching learners of various ages, PK-12. The Teaching Artists are available to conduct high-quality learning opportunities for students in school settings and community organizations that offer arts education. We encourage educators and those responsible for arts education to utilize the roster by communicating directly with the Teaching Artists. To view the current roster of PK-12 Teaching Artists please click here.

The latest release of MAC’s Teaching Artist roster has included our very own Theatre Artistic Director, Reba Short. Congratulations, Reba!

 

Teaching Artists are professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists.

The Maine Arts Commission selected these artists after conducting an application process with careful review of each applicant. The artists on the roster have demonstrated mastery of an artistic discipline, knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction, good communications skills, planning and organizational ability, and an understanding of their target learners.

Reflecting on this announcement, Reba shares,

“I’ve aspired to be a MAC teaching artist for a long time. I think this an opportunity for collaborative work with teachers and schools, taking the grant funded outreach work I do to a new level. I also see this as a calling to be an advocate for arts education in the state. It’s a great honor to be added to this list!”