TAM has provided literature-based education programs in schools and community centers since the Theater’s founding. Education Tours make adaptations of classic literature accessible to a geographically and economically diverse audience. The two main programs are Shakespeare in Maine Communities and Page to Stage
Shakespeare in Maine Communities
Since 2005, Shakespeare in Maine Communities has taken the Bard on the road through 60 to 90-minute versions of Shakespeare with five to eight actors. Plays are fully designed, rehearsed, and tour for a month to schools and community centers. The target grade levels are middle and high schools. The objectives are to build analytical and literacy skills through the examination of classic literature; to inspire imaginative thinking and foster creativity; to increase confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of community. Previous tours have reached more than 6,000 students.
2016 Shakespeare in Maine Communities Promo Video
2016 Shakespeare in Maine Communities brochure The Tempest
2016 Shakespeare in Maine Communities Reservation Form
Page to Stage Each spring, TAM brings adaptations of classic literature to students across Maine. For 2017 TAM will produce The Tale of Princess Kaguya for grades pre-k-8, to deepen understanding of, appreciation for, and connection to classic literature for learners of all ages. In 2011, TAM expanded Page to Stage and reached more than 9,000 students from York to Limestone, Rangeley to Lubec.
In addition to the performances TAM offers complimentary programs to support student learning. Teacher Resource Guides and Actor TalkBacks help students form a personal connection to the production; Common Core-aligned activities are included to explore the plays in the classroom before and after the performance. Schools may also schedule performance-based residencies and workshops enabling students to develop a deeper connection to classic texts. Residencies can be developed collaboratively or may be adapted from existing models: Page to Stage Workshops and Art of Theatre Extended Residencies.
Providing background information on the plays, productions, and people of classic plays, Teacher Resource Guides prepare students for touring productions. Common core-aligned activities are included to explore the plays in the classroom before and after the performance. Additional resource guides available upon request.
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