Throwback Thursday: Theatre Anniversary!

Did you know that it’s been seven years since the first time the Children’s Theatre performed at the Children’s Museum? Today, as the Children’s Museum & Theatre, we’re opening our holiday production of Beatrix Potter’s Christmas, by Thomas W. Olson, in which lots of different animals from Beatrix Potter’s lively imagination scurry about the stage, from mice and squirrels to ducks and kittens.

Seven years ago, in Theatre Artistic Director Reba Short’s Kitchen Table Fables, another ensemble of mice, among other animals, performed tales from Aesop – the very first production to take place in our Dress Up Theatre. (If you see Beatrix Potter’s Christmas, you’ll even see one of the original Fables cast members!) Following the summer’s production Odd at Sea, which was performed on the pirate ship in our outdoor Shipyard, Fables centered around the story of the Grasshopper and the Ant, with other familiar animals from Aesop’s stories working as a community to bring charming tales to life in the Ant’s kitchen.

In the Portland Phoenix, Theatre writer Megan Grumbling emphasized that a “particularly lovely implication of the show’s story…  is that art is just as important a commodity as food or wealth.”

Happy 7th anniversary to Dress Up Theatre productions! You can catch Beatrix Potter’s Christmas onstage December 11th-22nd, 2014.


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[Source: The Portland Phoenix, 12 December 2007.]

[Photo source: CMTM archive.]

Our Own “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D,” Julie Civiello


A heartfelt congrats to our friend Julie Civiello, who will be making her debut on the ABC TV Series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” tonight, 3.4.14.

As reported by our friends at the Portland Press Herald, Julie, who has been working towards a big break in LA over the past few years, got her start as an actress at the Children’s Theatre of Maine.
Ms. Civiello was a big part of our Theatre and played roles in productions such as “Romeo & Juliet” and “Our Town.” Our friends at the Portland Phoenix were effusive about her when reviewing Children’s Theatre of Maine productions. Editor Jeff Inglis wrote, “Julie Civiello… is sensitive and strong in the role of the 14-year-old lover… Civiello reaches deep into her own heart, tugging at Romeo and the audience as she struggles between love and duty.”
Also in the Phoenix, Megan Grumbling wrote, “The red-haired Civiello is nothing less than luminous. She has utterly natural movements and presence, an expressive face, and a melodic, far-ranging voice. She is a true and radiant talent, and I hope we’ll see more of her on Portland’s stages in the years to come.”
We are so proud of Julie and all the work she has put in to make her own success happen. We are honored to have her as a friend. Please read the article over at the Portland Press Herald!
Are you interested in getting your own start in acting? We’re looking for young actors between the ages of 8 and 17 to bring Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale to life for younger children. If you are interested in performing on our stage, please prepare a one minute monologue and arrive between 3pm and 5pm this Thursday, March 6th. No acting experience is required; newcomers are welcome.
For more information call 828-1234 x247 or email