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2013 14

ovations offstage School-Time Performance Series & more Performing Arts Programs for Maine Students & Educators


SCHOOL-TIME PERFORMANCES School-Time Performances are high-quality, professional live performance for Maine’s students. We select artists and ensembles from around the world who bring fresh, innovative and diverse performances to our community. Performances, study guides, and in-school workshops all seek to complement existing curriculum and promote arts integration in our schools, communities, and alternative learning spaces. All tickets are $8 and may be purchased by any public, private, or home school. For the first time this season, we’re offering a special $13 ticket price that includes admission to one School-Time Performance plus a 1-hour in-class workshop with Ovations Offstage educators, limited availability. Complete a reservation form and mail, email, or phone to register. We start the season with Potted Potter, a parody of the Harry Potter books and end with Nearly Lear, an incredible retelling of King Lear – in between there is something for everyone. We look forward to working with you to plan your visit and workshops for the 2013-2014 season.

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“The Intergalactic Nemesis”

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“The Giver”

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“Nearly Lear”

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Study Guides available online at www.portlandovations.org.

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In-school Workshops available, information available online at www.portlandovations.org.


“Potted Potter” The Unauthorized Harry Experience: A Parody by Dan and Jeff Thursday, October 3, 2013 • 11 am • 70-minute performance Merrill Auditorium, Portland Recommended Grades: 3–12

Limited seating

“The duo casts the perfect spell over the audience.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES The Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. In this performance actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner engage in a hilarious retelling that will have you and your students roaring with laughter – even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff.

Connections to Common Core State Standards

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The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of

“The Giver” by Lois Lowry

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 • 10 am • 90-minute performance Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Recommended Grades: 5–12

“A powerful and provocative novel.”

–THE NEW YORK TIMES

After a sell-out performance last season, American Place Theatre returns with The Giver. In this solo performance, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning novel and its utopian society is brought to life. Twelve-year-old Jonas is chosen to be his community’s new “Receiver of Memories” and while under the Giver’s mentorship he discovers the buried truth about his world. Limited seating provides an intimate setting for interactive preand post-performance discussions that encourage audiences to examine their own values and beliefs.

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Black Violin Friday, January 24, 2014 • 10 am & noon • 60-minute performance Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Recommended Grades: 2–12

Two Performances

“Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play…”

–THE NEW YORK TIMES

Virtuoso violinists Wil B and Kev Marcus meld highbrow and pop culture through a fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues and R&B. Joining the classically trained violinists is DJ TK on turntables and together the trio smashes musical stereotypes and enthralls lovers of Bach and Beyoncé. Wil B. explains, “We encourage kids to think creatively, to take what they love doing and try to come up with something no one has ever done before. And that doesn’t just apply to playing violin or even music, but whatever it is you decide to do. Expand your mind. Once we get their attention with the music, that’s the message we want to deliver.”

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“The Intergalactic Nemesis” Thursday, February 27, 2014 • 10 am • 70-minute performance Merrill Auditorium, Portland Recommended Grades: 5–12

“…a show that melds the retro appeal of radio serials with the cutting-edge cool of the graphic novel.”

–THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Immerse yourself in the epic live-action graphic novel adventure – journey from Scotland to the Alps all the way to Imperial Zygon! The actors, Foley artist, and keyboardist of The Intergalactic Nemesis perform live voices, sound effects, and music, while more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full-color, high-resolution, mind-blowing images blast from an original comic book onto our two-story video screen! Join the fun as Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid assistant Timmy grapple with sinister robots and duplicitous spies on a hilarious and boisterous adventure.

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African Children’s Choir Monday, March 3, 2014 • 10 am • 60-minute performance Merrill Auditorium, Portland Recommended Grades: All ages

“…irrepressible smiles and amazing choreography…”

–ALTDAILY

With an ensemble of singers ranging from 7 to 10 years old, the African Children’s Choir has been celebrating the music and dance of Africa for over 25 years. The choir members represent many nations and demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future. Their joyful performance blends song and dance from the entire continent of Africa featuring more than ten languages, dance, traditional spiritual music, and well-loved children’s songs.

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“We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” Friday, April 4, 2014 • 10 am & noon • 60-minute performance Merrill Auditorium, Portland Recommended Grades: preK–3

Two Performances

“A fun-filled frolic.”

–GUARDIAN

Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and rambunctiously to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile, lively score. Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! A performance filled with catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises!

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“Nearly Lear” Tuesday, April 15, 2014 • 10 am • 80-minute performance Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Recommended Grades: 5–12

“A frisky, funny, tantalising introduction to the lifelong pleasures of Shakespeare.”

–NEW YORK TIMES

What if the great story of King Lear was told by his closest companion? In this one-woman tour de force, actress Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool—and every other character—to tell a very personal and poignant story that borrows from the words of “that guy William Shakespeare.” Braving the most savage storm in English literature with breathtaking hilarity and heartache, she honors the beautiful language of Lear while taking a bit of poetic license. Co-created by Hamnett and Edith Tankus, Nearly Lear upends expectations of what a Shakespeare play should be.

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INTEGRATED ARTS OPPORTUNITIES Portland Ovations promotes integrated arts and in-depth learning for students and educators through workshops, residencies and professional development opportunities.

In-School Workshops In-school workshops are available to accompany each School-Time Performance. Ovations Offstage educators conduct in-class workshops designed to bring the study guide to life through hands-on, engaging activities. All workshops align with Common Core and Maine Learning Standards. Opportunities to work with visiting artists are also available. The $13 ticket price includes a 1-hour in-class workshop (30 student limit per workshop). In-School workshops can be booked separately for $100 per classroom (up to 30 students).

Professional Development Portland Ovations offers professional development to promote using the arts in teaching classroom curriculum. Salary Credit Hours are available for Portland Public School educators.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES Culture Club-Portland Culture Club is a collaborative program of Portland Ovations, the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Portland Stage delivering accessible, consistent, diverse, high quality arts experiences to students. In the 2013-2014 school year, 75% of the students living in the Portland Public School district qualify for fully subsidized tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Culture Club Portland covers admission to a performance; it does not cover bus expenses or in-school workshops.

Destination Portland: Bus Subsidy Program Portland Ovations subsidizes transportation for Maine schoolchildren and educators for schools with populations of 50% or more free/reduced lunch. Grants up to $400 are available. Subsidies through Destination Portland are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about Integrated Arts and Funding Opportunities, please contact Ovations Offstage at (207) 773-3150 or offstage@portlandovations.org

School Cancellations and Refund Policy Portland Ovations is obligated to pay artists regardless of weather conditions. If your school is cancelled due to weather, Portland Ovations cannot refund your payment, but will try to accommodate your group at another performance.

SPONSORS AND FUNDERS Ovations Offstage is made possible in part with support from Macy’s, Center for Cultural Exchange Foundation, TD Bank, Horizon Foundation, Culture Club Portland, Elmina B. Sewell Foundation, Sam L. Cohen Foundation, and Portland Ovations’ Endowment and its Members.


SCHOOL-TIME PERFORMANCE REGISTRATION $8 per person: Performance Only

$13 per person: Performance + In-Class Workshop

Performance

Location

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“Potted Potter” 10/3/2013

Merrill

“The Giver” 11/5/2013

Hannaford

Black Violin 1/24/2014 • 10 am

Hannaford

Black Violin 1/24/2014 • noon

Hannaford

“The Intergalactic Nemesis” 2/27/2014

Merrill

African Children’s Choir 3/3/2014

Merrill

“We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” 4/4/2014 • 10 am

Merrill

“We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” 4/4/2014 • noon

Merrill

“Nearly Lear” 4/15/2014

Hannaford

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Send To: Portland Ovations, School-Time Performances, 50 Monument Sq, 2nd Floor, Portland, ME 04101 Phone: 773.3150

Fax: 774.1018

Email: offstage@portlandovations.org

Confirmation Reservations will be confirmed in writing. No physical tickets will be issued. Actual seat assignments will be based on age and necessary accommodations.

Payment Full payment must be received at least 10 days in advance of performance to guarantee reservation.


50 Monument Square, 2nd Floor Portland, Maine 04101

2013-14 School-Time Performances  

Portland Ovations presents the School-Time Performance Series for 2013-14.