For grades: K-12
Requirements for live visit: Locations more than 50 miles from Boston require a two-show minimum. Tech requirements vary for each production.
Fees for live visit: $350-$510 plus travel for a single performance within 50 miles of Boston.
Funding: Mass. Cultural Council Events or Residency, or Local Cultural Councils, or your state's arts and humanities council.
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I thought your show was great! I learned that history is not boring. It is a good thing to study. I loved it! --- Tanya Fleming, Studley School, 3rd grade
Linda Myer's touring productions for children dramatize topics that connect children with history through imagination and humor.The shows feature excellent scripts based on thorough research, extensive audience participation, talented professional actors,as well as period costumes. Each performance is supported by top-quality curriculum guides including activity pages to duplicate for classroom use.
American Revolution with Abigail Adams. Abigail Adams did it all! Separated from her husband John for almost ten years, Mrs. Adams ran their farm, educated their children, and wrote letters describing the tumultuous events of the American Revolution. Let Mrs. Adams lead you through these amazing times in three great programs: Colonial Kids , grades K-2, Abigail Adams, a Revolutionary Mom!, grades 3-6 and Birthing a Nation, grades 6-12. Prices: $350 and up.
Amelia Earhart: Courage is the Price. Who was this daring woman who flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean? What led to her mysterious disappearance? Linda Myer brings you right into Amelia's cockpit with sound effects, giant photos of vintage planes, and non-stop action. Discover how aviation launched us into the 20th century! Grades 3-12. Price: $450 and up.
Belinda West's Conversations with Emily Dickinson, her protrayal of the reclusive poet, offers a luxurious dose of classic verse plus inspiration to read and write more on one's own. New England's famous poet secretly penned hundreds of poems but she lived to see less than twenty published.See this Emily in a whole new light! Grades - 3 and up. Price: $350 and up.
As guests in the parlor of Mrs. John Hancock, the audience enjoys a fresh take on historic times in A Woman's View of the American Revolution . Mrs. Hancock observed first-hand the momentous times in our country's early history and later as the First Lady of the new state of Massachusetts and shares many personal anecdotes with the audience. Grades - 3 and up. Price: $350 and up.
Bill Meikle's A Visit with Ben Franklin offers a unique opportunity for students to enjoy an interactive conversation with this American Renaissance man of utility, intellect and wit. Teachers can suggest a particular area of focus, i.e. coming of age in the greatest city in Colonial America, inventions, life as the foremost natural philosopher (scientist) of the 18th century, etc. Grade 3: (45 minutes) $275, Grade 4 :(60 minutes) $275, Grades 5-12 (90 minutes) $350.
Culture … for Life! is an agency that limits its representation to exceptional performing artists from New England, specializing in historical programs. These artists offer high quality interactive programs that are both educational and entertaining.
Linda Myer's History-Making Productions is New England's premiere company for bringing history alive onstage and is one of 80 theater companies statewide that receives Organizational Support funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She holds a B. A. in History and has 20 years of experience in acting, writing, and teaching.
Belinda West's History Unwrapped has met with unparalleled success in bringing Emily Dickinson and Mrs. John Hancock into the classroom. A native New Englander, Belinda graduated from Dartmouth College and has been portraying historical figures on PBS radio, television and "live" in libraries, museums and schools since 1990. She is a member of the Vermont Council on the Humanities Speakers Bureau and the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Event and Touring Roster.
Bill Meikle has been performing his responsively interactive Ben Franklin Alive for school children for over 20 years and has received two Emmy awards. "Education should be a process of drawing out," according to Bill, so he effectively uses the interview approach to engage the students in a lively, spontaneous two-way conversation about Franklin's life, responding to questions with vigor and candor.