Who in Maine doesn’t remember our first snow(y) day? When we’d be home from school and in and out of the house, sliding around in and shaping the cold snow, then running inside and warming up.
Now it is as if we are all home on extended snow days thanks to the COVID-19 crisis. And this has meant the cancellation of a production Ovations has been longing to bring to Maine students and families: a live staged version of Ezra Jack Keats 1962 classic picture book, The Snowy Day, originally scheduled for March 29-30. The book that was named by the New York Public Library as one of the “Books of the Century” and holds the honor of #1 on the list of “Checkouts of All Time.” These are the types of live performances coupled with excellent books that Ovations presents as part of our Cultivating Curiosity School-Time Performance programs.
Read on to play a game based on The Snowy Day, and to watch and listen to excerpts from the staged production and the book.
Help Peter catch snowflakes and keep his snowballs as he slides down the hill!
Watch a video preview of The Snowy Day and Other Stories.
Listen and watch the The Snowy Day read aloud to the animated story.
FROM THE DESK OF SARAH COLEMAN
Every season Portland Ovations welcomes over 10,000 Maine students to our School-Time Performance Series. Offering everything from contemporary dance, like MOMIX, to theatrical presentations of well-loved books, like The Snowy Day and Other Stories, these performances invite students and educators to share in the joy of a life performance, together as a community. The energy and excitement just before curtain is infectious, and there isn’t a still body in the audience. It is something special to witness.
In addition to live performances for students, Ovations offers a number of other ways for educators and students to engage in the performing arts. Each season in our Cultivating Curiosity series, after three performances we hand out a free book to every attending student to support literacy acquisition at home. We offer online Educator Guides that provide teachers with background information on a performance and its art form along with cross-curricular lesson activities. Educators can book a post-performance workshop led by an Ovations teaching artist to engage students in deeper their learning around the performance in embodied and creative ways or participate in a Professional Development workshop about incorporating the arts into their teaching in more seamless ways. Finally, many of our guest artists visit schools – teaching masterclasses and offering in-school performances for intimate arts education experiences. All of these programs inspire young people to become creative, collaborative, critical thinkers and visionaries in the world today and in the future.
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Co-Director of Engagement | School Programs