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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Actor Spotlight: Christian

Name: Christian

Age: 8

Grade: 2nd

Where do you go to school?  Holy Cross, South Portland

How many shows have you been in at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of
Maine?  1 of the shows that would happen upstairs in the nature room a
couple years ago.

What do you do when you aren’t doing a play at the Children’s Museum &
Theatre of Maine? I LOVE to play piano.  I also enjoy putting on my own
shows at home.  And directing!  Especially directing my triplet siblings
and my older brother.

What do you like about acting? I like that you get to move a lot.  And be
someone different than who you are.

What character are you playing in The Circus Ship? What do you want people
to know about your character?  Simon the python.  I want people to know he
is very good at tying knots.  And picking them.

What do you want people to know about our show?  That it’s great and they
should come see it!  Please.  🙂

Actor Spotlight: Adelaide

Name: Adelaide

Age: 8

Grade: 2

Where do you go to school? Falmouth Elementary

How many shows have you been in at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of
Maine? This is my 2nd

What do you do when you aren’t doing a play at the Children’s Museum &
Theatre of Maine? Playing with my friends and reading

What do you like about acting? Being on stage

What character are you playing in The Circus Ship? What do you want people
to know about your character? Emma Rose, she is two and a half

What do you want people to know about our show? It is good for children

Actor Spotlight: Nolan

Name: Nolan

Age: 10

Grade: 4

Where do you go to school? Ocean Ave

How many shows have you been in at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine?
5. Charlie And the Chocolate Factory, Shakespeare Stories, The WITCHES!
Santa’s Reindeer, The Circus Ship. My favorite was The WITCHES. I loved
playing the grand High Witch because she was very mischievous and evil DON
DON DON!

What do you do when you aren’t doing a play at the Children’s Museum &
Theatre of Maine?
I like to relax, play on my pogo stick and do arts and crafts like origami,
draw, paint and sew fabric.

What do you like about acting?
I like being on stage and making people laugh, trying new things and having
different character traits.

What character are you playing in The Circus Ship?
Old man Mr. Hood

What do you want people to know about your character?
He loves to laugh.He was always picked on in school and always sad because
he always got an a+ on every thing and all of the bad students called him
names and picked on him. Now he is a 70 year old man and loves to laugh and
cut wood.

What do you want people to know about our show?
It is very hilarious, lets you imagine that animals won’t hurt you, and the
animals are very nice. You can also imagine that animals can talk.

Actor Spotlight: Louisa

Name: Louisa Radtke-Rowe

Age: 14

Grade: Freshman

Where do you go to school? Home-schooled

How many shows have you been in at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine?
This is my second

What do you do when you aren’t doing a play at the Children’s Museum &
Theatre of Maine? When I’m not on stage, you can usually find me reading at
my local coffee shop, dancing my heart out at Casco Bay Movers, or playing
with my puppy.

What do you like about acting? It gives me a fun way to be creative and make
others smile.

What character are you playing in The Circus Ship? What do you want people
to know about your character? I play Alyssa the Alligator. Something you
might not know about her is that her favorite food is fish tacos and in her
free time she likes to nap in the sun.

What do you want people to know about our show? I had a blast doing it and I
hope people love it as much as I do!

Apprentice Director Spotlight: Zoë

Name: Zoë 

Age: 13

Grade: 7

Where do you go to school? I go to King Middle School

How many shows have you been in at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine? I have acted in 10 shows, but I have worked backstage for many more shows.

What do you do when you aren’t doing a play at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine? I play soccer, lacrosse, box lacrosse, and hang out with my friends. I also write, read books, and go to school.

What do you like about acting? I like the sense of community that happens when a group of people get together to do something they love. I also like the outlet acting gives me for string emotions.

What character are you playing in The Circus Ship? What do you want people to know about your character? I am the apprentice director for this show. I want people, especially other kids, to know that there are other ways to be involved with shows besides acting.

What do you want people to know about our show? I think the show is really funny and touching. The animals have personalities that we can relate to, and I’ve learn so much about human nature during rehearsals.

Coming this Friday to the Museum & Theatre: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

 

Meet Charlie Brown, a self-proclaimed loser who’s never received a Valentine, never won a Little League Game, and never flown a kite. Today is a typical day in his life; from getting up in the morning and being late for school,  to seeing the cute little red haired girl at lunch but being too terrified to talk to her, and ending the day with finding happiness in the comfort of his friends.

Speaking of friends, this Peanuts Gang is just as complex as our hero! Lucy is unapologetically honest and offers advice for a price. Blanket-toting Linus is savvy and wise. Sally hops from one surprising realization to the next as if she’s jumping rope. Schroeder strives to cultivate the drive and passion of the great composers he admires. Snoopy has the power to transform worlds with his imagination. Together they’ve inspired generations of children from the original ink drawing by Charles Schultz published for the first time in 1955.

With two casts, twenty-two actors, eight songs, three theatre educators and twelve kazoos, we have thrown ourselves completely into this play since the beginning of January. Rehearsals have consisted of singing, dancing, soul searching and team building. I’m always inspired by our actor’s ability to dive into material whether it’s a light-hearted fairy-tale or a Roald Dahl comedy. In this play I was especially impressed by the shared empathy and communal knowledge of the themes. Every single one of us could relate to the ups and downs Charlie Brown experiences throughout the day, it’s what makes us human.

While Charlie Brown and his gang talk about rejection, depression and the question their existence, they also jump rope, fly kites and play baseball. In rehearsal I was constantly reminded there’s no such thing as adult problems or kid problems. We all look at the world in unique ways, we’re all deep thinkers, and we all offer a unique perspective. These songs and vignettes, in all their simplicity, remind us of the resilience inside each of us, no matter how old we are.

-Reba Short, Artistic Director

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will be hitting the stage this Friday, February 12th and will run through February 21st. Click here to get your tickets now!

 

Now Playing at the Museum & Theatre: Santa’s Reindeer Present: The Nutcracker!

A Note from the Director:

Every year, we reindeer put on a variety show before loading up the sleigh. The stage summons our magic, surges our energy and brings us together. Vixen does card tricks. Comet tells jokes. Donner recites ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.When Dancer and Prancer are getting along, they usually do a tap routine. This year, I challenged my crew to explore something different. If we can pull a heavy sleigh, we can put on a whole play! We can use our reindeer magic to play timeless characters with our hooves and with our hearts. This year’s play? The Nutcracker! A ballet, a symphony, and now… a realistic drama, told reindeer style!

We beg you to imagine yourself in St. Petersburg, Russia, 1892, in the small workshop of a toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Not just a toymaker, Drosselmeyer is also a clock maker and a mouse catcher. On Christmas Eve, his nephew, a young prince, comes to visit. But lo and behold – before Drosselmeyer’s one good eye an evil sorcerer turns his nephew into… a NUTCRACKER! To become human again, the Nutcracker must defeat the Mouse King, travel to far off lands, and fall in love with a beautiful maiden. Impossible? Not if you find yourself in a child’s dream! Drosselmeyer the Toymaker gives the Nutcracker to a young girl named Clara, in hopes that she will help the Nutcracker complete his tasks to be human again.

Join us for this reindeer tail of magic and wonder. Only magical flying reindeer can write, dance, choreograph and stage as complex a yarn as The Nutcracker. We’ve worked hard on these weeks leading up to Christmas. Without these elves Maud, Eli and Murray taking time off from building toys, the play would never be possible. Thank you Dasher, for keeping us on track as the Stage Manager. Thank you for coming, you elves and reindeer in the audience. Happy holidays and enjoy the show!

Your Esteemed Director,

Rudy the Red

Leah as Rudolph, director of the Nutcracker!

Leah as Rudolph, director of the Nutcracker!


Interested in seeing the show? Click here, call 1-800-838-3006, or stop by the front desk during your next visit to get tickets!

Now Playing at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine: The Witches!

Reba as a Witch

Theatre Director, Reba Short, joining in the witchy fun!

“Oh, is my tongue blue?” Here’s what our Theatre Artistic Director and director of our production of The Witches has to say about the play… Want to see more? Get your tickets to The Witches here and for our own special interactive adaptation of the story for preschool ages, How to Spot a Witch, here!

From the Artistic Director, Reba Short:

Why would a theatre company produce The Witches anyway? The themes are dark, the images are gruesome; for goodness’ sake, there’s a chorus of witches talking about crunching children’s bones! The Grandmother in the story seems alright, but she’s smoking black cigars! How could this possibly be a children’s play? Has the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine lost all its good sense?!

 

As Theatre Artistic Director, I say not in the least! We are producing the work of Roald Dahl, hailed as one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th century. He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1983, and Children’s Author of the Year from the British Book Awards in 1990. The themes in Dahl’s books are so dark, they’re funny. The witches are so terrible, they’re loveable. The plots are so preposterous, they can’t be serious, and they aren’t, at all. That’s Dahl’s magic as a storyteller. He pushes the boundaries of his make-believe world to its furthest corners, and then keeps pushing. His imagination goes to dark and wild places, and he invites the young reader with him and counts on them to know what is fantasy. Today we are asking the same of you, our audience. Join us for this wild and awful annual convention of witches and know that it’s just pretend.

My favorite part of Roald Dahl’s books are his heroes. Always unlikely, they may seem weak at first. They are usually children who use courage and cleverness to become strong. In our play, it’s a small-boy-turned-mouse that receives the call to adventure. (It would be impossible to find a smaller hero!) If the witchy plot wasn’t so awful, it wouldn’t be necessary for the boy-mouse to save the children at all. This is a story that begs the audience not to take it too seriously, but to find inspiration in the acts of courage and magical ways that the even small heroes can save the world.

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.