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.

Save the Date! The 2016 Annual Auction is coming soon!

Join the Museum & Theatre from 6 – 10pm on May 13, 2016 at the Portland Company on Fore Street in Portland for an evening of great company, delicious food and drink, and terrific auction items! We’ll be shaking things up a bit this year and we would love to have you join us as a guest, donor, or sponsor for what we hope will be our best event yet!

This year’s theme is “Every Child is an Artist” and to celebrate, we’ll be featuring children’s art as part of our art auction. Of course we’ll also have all the fabulous live and silent auction items our guests have come to expect.

We’re also thrilled to announce that our honorary chairs for Auction 2016 are Chris and Lori Van Dusen. Chris is a nationally recognized children’s book author and illustrator who lives here in Maine with his wife Lori. His first book, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, was the inspiration for our outdoor adventure exhibit and his book, Circus Ship, will be adapted for the stage by our own Reba Short and produced here at the Museum & Theatre in April, 2016.

Stay tuned for details on Auction 2016. Tickets ($50 per person/$450 for a block of 10) will be on sale in March, and sponsorships are available now!

For information on sponsorships, or to donate and item to the auction, contact the Development department at development@kitetails.org or (207) 828-1234 ext. 242.

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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!

 

Welcome, Lily!

 

I am honored to be the newest member of the Education Team at the Children’s Museum and Theatre. I grew up playing and attending theatre productions here, so it’s inspiring to join the amazing group of people who make this organization truly magical.

I first became interested in museum education when I volunteered at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine during college. I realized how much children learn from the interactive exhibits and programs at the museum; it was particularly exciting to see the thousands and thousands of children who play, learn, and explore at the museum and theatre each year. I was ‘hooked’ after my summer of face-painting, story reading, and camera obscura operating.

My newfound interest in museum engagement inspired me to focus on museum studies and education classes throughout the rest of college, visit over eighty museums during my study abroad experiences in France and England, and volunteer at several art education programs for children and youth.

Most recently, I worked in a one room co-op schoolhouse and a small children’s museum, both in rural Northeast Tennessee. Teaching in a one room schoolhouse was an amazing chance to collaborate with a small number of individuals to create learning opportunities for my students and to experience our educational system in a different part of the country. Working at a children’s museum in rural Tennessee showed me that play-based, youth-centered organizations can create positive change in a community and that children are hungry to learn and explore the world around them.

When I’m not playing at the Children’s Museum and Theatre, I am usually busy organizing an art and social justice camp in Transylvania, Romania or helping to promote our new crowdfunding website that supports community development projects in Transylvanian villages. You may also find me planning farm camps for some of Maine’s youngest farmers, riding and competing my horse, or playing my violin.

Next time you and your family are at the museum and theatre, come say hello. I’m excited to meet you!

-Lily O’Brien

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!

Become a Part of Our Giving Tree!

Give the gift of play to a family in need this holiday season! Gifts of any amount will be added to our scholarship membership fund which provides free, one-year memberships to families that would not otherwise be able to experience the Museum & Theatre. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations of any amount are welcome and $95 funds an entire scholarship membership for one family for one year!

Make your gift in honor of a friend or family member and share the gift of play with someone special this holiday season.  We are happy to send a personalized holiday card to the recipient if you would like.

How It Works:

If you’re visiting the museum, simply remove an ornament from our giving tree and take it to the front desk to make your tax deductible donation. Then take the ornament with you and share it with a friend or family member to let them know that a donation has been made in their name! We can also mail an ornament to a recipient of your choice accompanied by a complimentary holiday card (see the Front Desk for details).

If you’d like to make a donation now, simply click here and choose the option that works best for you!

Thank You and Happy Holidays,

The Team of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

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Thank you for sharing the gift of play with families in need!