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AHT in Schools: Educational Theatre

The American Historical Theatre strives to bring schools the very best in historical programs.  While we try to make our presentations entertaining, we are first and foremost a company that educates.  For this reason we only train and use the very special few who can become historical interpreters.

They are not "look-alikes," but actors. Not teachers, but well-versed in history.  They are an amazing and unique blend of these ingredients and qualifications.  AHT interpreters come from all parts of the east coast - Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and some from the mid-west.

Our school visits usually consist of: 

1.)  Grades 4-8  One school - one or two interactive assemblies (max 250 students each)  $800  (plus travel expense outside a 25 mile radius of Philadelphia)

2.)  Grades 4-8  Two cooperative schools - 1 interactive assembly each school (only available within a 25 mile radius of Philadelphia)  $750  (plus travel outside a 25 mile radius of Philadelphia)

Each assembly lasts approximately one hour and includes a 20 minute question and answer period. Block bookings are encouraged.  Make your bookings more cost effective (receive a discount) by joining together with other schools in your area and sharing travel and accommodation expenses. Residencies frequently result in sponsorship and opportunities to interact with city leaders and reporters from the local press.  Simple teacher materials supplied.

Here are some of the individual historical character programs we offer for schools.

    Christopher Columbus (grades 1-5)                Galileo (grades 4-8)
    George Washington (grades 4-8)                    Dr. Benjamin Franklin (grades 4-8)
    Abraham Lincoln (grades 1-3, 4-8)                 Thomas Jefferson (grades 4-6, 7-8) 
    Harriet Tubman (grades 4-8, 9-12)                 Abigail Adams (grades 4-8)
    Amelia Earhart (grades 6-12)                          Betsy Ross (grades 4-6)                                  
    Alice Paul (grades 7-8, 9-12)                           Ichabod Crane (grades 4-8)                             
    Eleanor Roosevelt (grades 7-8, 9-12)

 If we bring a play to your school with two or more characters, it is advisable to centralize the performance and bus the students in. For instance, a local high school or junior college auditorium equipped with a fine stage, lighting and amplification can be utilized to bus in 5th grade students from surrounding grade schools.

Can't afford  to have George Washington visit your school?  Call us to ask about special programs underwritten by the Society of the Cincinnati.  215 232-2690

Here are some of the plays we offer:

A Rising And A Setting Sun (Children's Version)

        George Washington is at his home, Mount Vernon in Virginia, and is visited by his old friend Dr. Benjamin Franklin.  They talk about their family relationships, their political careers and some of the most exciting events in their lives.  The play runs approximately 45 minutes, is interactive with the audience, and ends with a Press Conference (question and answer period).  Play requires a few simple pieces of furniture and lasts approximately one hour.

Galileo: Messenger From the Stars

        Galileo and his loyal helper, Brother Benedictus, recruit audience members to help relive events that lead up to Galileo's thrilling discoveries about the solar system., the denunciation of his radical ideas and his subsequent house arrest.  Young students are introduced to the telescope and the planets as this man of astronomy and mathematics overturns century old beliefs.  Play requires a few simple pieces of furniture and lasts approximately one hour.

 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

This one-man version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is fully staged and delightfully interactive.  Students will participate in a party, songs, and a 17th Century spelling lesson.  The performance concludes with a short informational section about Washington Irving and a history of the short story.

The show can easily be adapted to fit a time slot from 45 minutes to one hour.

The Constitutional Experience

        Two men who signed the Constitution, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry (who did not), meet at City Tavern in Philadelphia to discuss and argue their opposing points of view about this amazing document.  The audience is involved in "voting" on issues such as taxation and suggestions about what they believe should be included and how it should be presented.  For instance, should the words "all men" be expanded to include "all women"?  Should it include slaves?  If not, why?  A play to make young people think about their heritage, the interpretation of the law and freedom.
Requires a couple of chairs and runs approximately one hour.

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