School-Time Performances

The Peking Acrobats featuring the Shanghai Circus

In their graceful efforts these brightly costumed tumblers, acrobats, cyclists, jugglers and clever clowns provide 90 minutes of family fun that infuses springtime in New York with an extra measure of joy.” THE NEW YORK TIMES Defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control — The Peking Acrobats push the limits of human … Read more

Ballet Hispánico

Portland Ovations dedicates this performance to the life and memory of our dear friend Jane C. Wellehan. “One of America’s Cultural Treasures.” FORD FOUNDATION Ballet Hispánico, America’s foremost Latinx dance company performs a fusion of classical, Latin and contemporary dance, powered by theatricality, athleticism and passion. The performance features a mix of energetic and unexpected … Read more

Commanding Space

“We are continually searching for activities, experiences, and lessons that broaden our student’s abilities to embrace diverse ideas. This production assisted our students and staff in gaining a better understanding of the gender and race discrimination experienced by Annie Easley. The determination, tenacity, perseverance and hard work she displayed throughout her life are the same … Read more

Ugly Duckling

“‘Ugly Duckling’ is a wonderful piece of children’s theatre, slickly executed and lovingly performed. It will keep little ones enthralled from its energetic opening to its cheeky cliff-hanger conclusion.” ARTS YORK Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen! In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently … Read more

Antonio Rocha: The Malaga Ship Story

“Antonio Rocha’s performance of Malaga was riveting! Antonio masterfully activates the imagination of the audience using history, mime, and spellbinding characters to tell this tale in a unique and fascinating way. He navigates us through a litany of emotions, and in conclusion we discover that we learn a great deal about history and ourselves.” HIGH … Read more

Wabanaki Stories

The land and waters known as Maine have been home to Wabanaki peoples for over 12,000 years. This vibrant exploration of Wabanaki histories and cultures spotlights three Wabanaki storytellers coming from three different nations and three different storytelling traditions. Jennifer Pictou (Mi’kmaq) regales with spirit stories told in the company of large puppets; Dwayne Tomah … Read more

“Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends”

“Our students LOVED the Rosie Revere! It was the first play or musical that many of them had ever seen. They are still talking about it! It was terrific!” MARY B, 2ND GRADE TEACHER Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. … Read more

Step Afrika!

Limited availability – Please email offstage@portlandovations.org if interested in reserving tickets. “Exciting and brilliantly choreographed.” THE NEW YORK TIMES A joyful mixture of songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation make STEP AFRIKA! so much more than a dance concert. The thrilling company of dancers blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and … Read more

Dan + Claudia Zanes: Songs of Streets and Sunshine

“The family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate.” TIME MAGAZINE Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes introduce young people to songs and the stories behind them while providing creative ideas to help everyone find their way inside the music. These uplifting and interactive videos are part concert, part history lesson, … Read more

“Cartography”

“Cartography explores a world alive with transitions and movement by characters speaking their minds; representing those often made purposely invisible by others…A wonder of theater-making.” DC METRO Inflatable rafts on the Mediterranean. Dark holds of cargo trucks. Family photos hidden carefully in a backpack. Hear the stories of young refugees when CARTOGRAPHY asks what part … Read more