PLAY Program

Portland Stage

The Portland Stage PLAY Program is an interactive dramatic reading and acting workshop for elementary school students in grades pre-K – 5. Professional teaching artists present a pre-recorded performance of children’s literature for the entire school, and then work with select classrooms in workshops based on the stories. Actors actively engage students in small groups/workshops using their bodies, voices, and imaginations to build understanding of the text while bringing the stories and characters to life. PLAY helps develop literacy and reading fluency, character recall, understanding of themes, social emotional skills, physical storytelling, and vocal characterization. The program also comes with a comprehensive Resource Guide filled with information and activities based on the books and poems.

The theme for this spring is Big Feelings: Processing & Expressing Emotions.

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