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The Rainbow Fish

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, the company that brought Ovations Offstage favorites Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Guess How Much I Love You, presents a magical new production, The Rainbow Fish. The performance includes an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colorful story of friendship and self-discovery, as well as two of the author’s companion…

Beautiful Blackbird An Adaptation of the Story by Ashley Bryan

October 22, 2018

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Ovations Offstage, Portland Museum of Art, and Theater Ensemble of Color come together to bring Ashley Bryan’s lauded storybook, Beautiful Blackbird, to the stage. Inspired by a traditional story from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia, Blackbird tells the uplifting tale of the only bird in the forest with any black feathers. When the other birds…

Queen Nur “Sweet Potato Pie and Such”

February 12, 2019

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Clap your hands, stomp your feet and sing along! Incomparable storyteller Queen Nur and her percussionist partner dish up a tasty treat of multicultural stories, songs and dance, featuring the influence of the African Diaspora. This highly energetic and interactive performance delights, as well as enlightens, young audiences. Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik presents a rich…

Living Voices “The Right to Dream”

February 28, 2019

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Witness the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America in this compelling story presented by Living Voices, who return by popular demand for the fourth consecutive year to our School-Time Performance Series. The Right to Dream follows a young student named Raymond, recreating his coming of age as an African-American in Mississippi during the…

Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition

This multi-media adventure, based on the novel by Jack London, mixes classic storytelling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent offspring of a Saint Bernard and a Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold…

National Geographic Live: “Wild Seas, Secret Shores” with Marine Biologist and photographer Thomas Peschak

“Science and art are not poles apart for me, they go hand in hand in a life dedicated to exploring, studying, and documenting our extensive oceans.” — THOMAS PESCHAK To Thomas Peschak, sharks aren’t a reason to get out of the water. They’re a reason to get in. Following his lifelong obsession, he’s found himself…

“Air Play”

Please note that latex balloons are used onstage and in the audience during this performance. Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, giant kites, larger-than-life balloons, and the biggest snow globe you have ever seen make you gasp in wonder and…

Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

“I love the book, and I am sure that the live action will inspire children of all ages to pursue their dreams and to realize if Jane did it, they can do it, too.” — JANE GOODALL Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with…

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