The Theatre of Monmouth comes to Midcoast

May 14, 2014
Rockland District Middle School and South School students sat rapt during the entire play.

On May 6 and May 7, kindergarten to fifth-grade students at South School, Owls Head Central School, Gilford Butler Elementary School, and Rockland District Middle School enjoyed a lively performance by The Theatre at Monmouth.

This year’s Stage to Page play was an adaptation of "My Father’s Dragon," by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Each spring, the Theatre at Monmouth brings adaptations of classic literature to students across Maine to deepen understanding of, appreciation for, and connection to classic literature for learners of all ages.

Each performance lasted an hour and 10 minutes, and even the most active students sat peacefully, totally engrossed. Well in advance of the performance, the Theatre at Monmouth provided a Teacher Resource Guide with activities developed to help students form a personal connection to the play before attending the production. Superb acting combined with well-prepared audiences made for spectacular and unique performing arts experiences.

At the end of the play, the actors led a question and answer discussion with the audience. Students were asked to think of the lessons in the story and gave answers such as, “be kind to others, never give up on your dreams,” and “always be prepared.” Students drew many inferences from the play and were amazed that an entire play could be produced by only four actors and minimal props.

The Theatre at Monmouth performed May 6 at South School in Rockland for 353 students from both South School and Rockland District Middle School, and again May 7 at Owls Head Central School, for 220 students from both Gilford Butler Elementary and Owls Head Central School.

The performance was organized by Gilford Butler teacher Rebecca Albright. The events were sponsored by a grant secured by Shannon M. Parker in RSU13’s Adult Education department. This grant aims to increase art opportunities for local area youth.

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