Award-winning PSU professional touring theatre holds auditions

April 30th, 2014 by Lynn

    PLYMOUTH—TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) at Plymouth State University is holding adult cast auditions for their professional touring company. Those interested should contact TIGER Tour Manager Pam Irish at pmirish@plymouth.edu to schedule an audition time.

    TIGER (plymouth.edu/outreach/tiger) is a professional theatre company at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, presenting productions to help children, schools, parents and communities deal proactively and positively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today. Based on the anonymous writings of New Hampshire school children, TIGER incorporates live actors, puppets, theatre, movement and music into its productions to try and reach school audiences with important messages children need to hear. Supported by the PSU College of Graduate Studies, TIGER is a collaborative effort between the M.Ed. programs in Integrated Arts and Counselor Education.

    TIGER tours throughout New England each Wednesday–Friday from October through May. Rehearsals usually begin in early September. Since its debut in 2002, the company has toured to more than 400 different schools, some repeatedly, performing for more than 350,000 children across New England.

    Current productions are:

    “Bully Free You and Me” for grades K-4, K-8 and 5-8. This program tackles the difficult issue of bullying in our schools through empowering the bystander.

    “Let Your Star Shine!” for grades K-6 encourages children to accept others, regardless of their differences.

    “Just Between Friends”, grades K-6 deals with conflict resolution and enhancing positive relationships between young people in schools.

    “TIGER Teen Theatre”, grades 5-8, features a group of talented high school actors addressing social issues relevant to middle schools today.

    “Green TIGER” helps children understand how important it is not to bully the environment.

    Co-founder and Artistic Director, Trish Lindberg is professor of education and integrated arts and coordinator of the M.Ed. in integrated arts program at PSU. TIGER productions are created from children’s writings by Lindberg, the TIGER actors and several composers who work with the educational theatre company.

    TIGER has also won an Emmy for their television pilot, “TIGER Takes On Bullying”, performed at the state level for the New Hampshire Department of Education, regionally for the New England Theatre Conference (NETC), nationally for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), and Internationally for the National Drama International Conference at Durham University in Durham, England, the ASSITEJ International Festival of Children`s Theatre in Cairo, Egypt and most recently at the IDEA World Congress 2013 in Paris, France.

    For more information about these auditions (or booking a TIGER performance at your school), contact TIGER Tour Manager, Pam Irish at pmirish@plymouth.edu or at 535-2647.

    General information about TIGER is online at Plymouth.edu/outreach/TIGER.

    T.I.G.E.R visits Wentworth Elementary School

    April 24th, 2014 by Michael

      By Cassie Feraco
      and Cassandra Gordon
      WES Correspondents

      Courtesy Photo

      On Wednesday, March 26, Wentworth Elementary School was visited by TIGER. This performance was made possible thanks to Plymouth General Dentistry’s generous contribution.

      TIGER is a non-profit organization originating from Plymouth State University, dedicated to educating children of all ages about bullying.

      At 8:30 a.m., the entire school assembled in the gymnasium to watch the performance. TIGER performed a number of skits, each one with a different moral behind it. They did an excellent job at conveying their message, while still entertaining their audience. All of the students of Wentworth had a new understanding and outlook on bullying. It was easy to tell that the students understood the skits, and some could even relate to them. By the end of the performance, TIGER had students of all grades laughing and singing along with them.

      After the performance, the members of TIGER split up and visited each classroom. In each individual class, they had group discussions with the students and conducted activities with them. All of the students had a grand time, and it appeared that even the members of TIGER had fun. TIGER definitely did their job well, and impacted the students of Wentworth in the best of ways. They arrived as strangers and left as old friends.

      PSU TIGER roars to support suicide prevention and other student stressors

      September 27th, 2013 by Lynn

        PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University’s Theater Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility, or TIGER, will present “Transitions,” a musical about college, choices and change, Oct. 8.

        “Transitions” is an educational production based on the writings of Plymouth State University students about sensitive issues that cause students stress. The cast includes area students Will Bolton, Sarah Flower, Alex Hunton and Rachel Perelli, under the artistic direction of Trish Lindberg. Will Ogmundson of Sutton is the musical director and composer and Lisa Travis of Holderness is the choreographer.

        The production uses theatre, music and dance to illustrate ways in which college-age students can cope with the stressors of college life and make positive choices for themselves and others.

        The performances and discussions will be held Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in Hyde Hall Room 120, on Langdon Street in Plymouth. The performances are acceptable for students age 16 years and older, and adults. There is no charge for admission.

        “Transitions” is presented as a part of a Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant awarded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in conjunction with TIGER and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Hampshire.

        General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

         

        PSU’s T.I.G.E.R. roars to support suicide prevention and other student stressors

        September 5th, 2013 by Lynn

          PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University’s TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) will present “Transitions,” a musical\ about college, choices and change, Sept. 8 and 10.

          “Transitions” is an educational production based on the writings of Plymouth State University students about sensitive issues that cause students stress. The cast includes area students Will Bolton, Sarah Flower, Alex Hunton and Rachel Perelli, under the artistic direction of Trish Lindberg. Will Ogmundson of Sutton is the musical director and composer, and Lisa Travis of Holderness is the choreographer.

          The production uses theatre, music and dance to illustrate ways in which college-age students can cope with the stressors of college life and make positive choices for themselves and others.

          The performances and discussions will be held Sept. 8 and 10 at 7 and 8:30 p.m. in Boyd Hall Room 120. The performances are acceptable for students age 16 years and older, and adults. There is no charge for admission.

          “Transitions” is presented as a part of a Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Awarded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in conjunction with TIGER and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Hampshire (NAMI).

          General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

          Plymouth State University TIGER program roars to an Emmy win

          July 2nd, 2013 by Lynn
            Tiger Program wins Emmy

            PSU PROFESSOR Patricia Lindberg, left, and NHPTV producer Carla Russell, right, hold their newly-won Emmy Awards. COURTESY

             PLYMOUTH — For years, school children throughout New England have been challenged to “become a TIGER,” and stand up to bullies and bullying.

            Now the Theater Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility program has earned an Emmy from the Boston/New England Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for best produced “Children/Youth Program.” Lindberg shared the honors with NHPTV producer Carla Russell.

            “I was so proud of our TIGER team and how they worked and adapted to television,” said PSU Professor Trish Lindberg, one of TIGER’s creators. “Everyone worked so hard and so well together at both PSU and NHPTV to make this dream come true.”

            The successful small stage production TIGER, created by Lindberg and PSU Professors Gary Goodnough and Gail Mears, has won numerous awards and special acclaim from teachers and parents. Last spring, Lindberg and her crew partnered with New Hampshire Public Television to create a small screen version, “TIGER Takes On Bullying.”

            The Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences represents broadcast markets in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and most of Connecticut. Local Emmy-nominated programs were judged by another regional chapter.

            TIGER is a collaboration between the PSU graduate programs in Integrated Arts, School Counseling and School Psychology. The professional theater company helps children, schools, parents, and communities deal proactively and positively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today.

            Using childrens’ own words, TIGER uses musical theater to give school audiences tools to identify, discuss and, hopefully, reduce bullying. The cast has spent several years traveling across New England to give performances and lead workshops for students, teachers and parents on bullying and other issues such as self-esteem and friendship.

            Lindberg serves as writer, producer and lyricist and has worked closely with others on music and set design. Many of those collaborators, including musicians Will Ogmundson and Jeff Lines and set designer Robb Dimmick, were also nominated for Emmys for “Musical Composition/Arrangement” and “Set Design.”

            This long-time crew, along with a troupe of talented actors, makes for what Lindberg calls “a very tight collaboration.” Not only was this a proud moment for Lindberg and her TIGER crew she also said “It was a great moment for Plymouth State.”

            Notable behind-the-scenes collaborators who made the TIGER TV vision a reality were the private donors who funded the project. NHPTV and Plymouth State both approached their constituents with funding requests. Alex Ray and the Common Man Family of Restaurants and Tom and Susan Stepp of Holderness contributed through Plymouth State. All are long-time supporters of Lindberg’s creative efforts.

            Lindberg said her years in the theater, creating TIGER and other awardwinning productions prepared her for her first attempt at television. While the television show has a similar theme to the traveling show, Lindberg knew that adaptations were needed for the new medium.“We had to come up with a new way” to present the material, she said. TIGER in schools is performed with a minimal set with the actors creating and performing all the characters. For the television show, a colleague advised Lindberg to “establish a place,” a location for the core action. This led to what she calls the “TIGER Lair,” the clubhouse where the TIGER Team receives e-mails for help (a loud tiger roar is the new show’s equivalent of “you’ve got mail”).

            The show was taped at NHPTV studios and at locations in Manchester and at Plymouth Elementary School.

            Lindberg says she “loved” her first chance to create a television show with her TIGER crew and NHPTV colleagues and says it was an honor just to be nominated. “I had never done television, and I learned so much from the process.”

            PSU ‘Tiger’ Show Aims to Help Young People Cope with Stress 365

            April 5th, 2013 by Heather

              PSU ‘Tiger’ Show Aims to Help Young People Cope with Stress 365

              PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University’s TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) has developed a new show aimed at high school, college and adult audiences, ages 16 and over, about college, choices and change, and coping with the accompanying stress.

              “Transitions” is an educational production based on the writings of Plymouth State University students about sensitive issues that cause students stress.
              Performances and discussions will be held on the PSU campus April 10-12 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 4 p.m. in Hyde Hall, Room 120, Merrill and Langdon streets. Admission to the shows is free.
              Actors Will Bolton, Sarah Flower, Alex Hunton and Rachel Perelli have worked with PSU Professor Trish Lindberg, artistic director; Will Ogmundson of Sutton, musical director and composer; and PSU adjunct faculty Lisa Travis as choreographer, to create a fast-paced musical to illustrate ways in which college-age students can cope with the stresses of college life and make positive choices for themselves and others.
              The creators have worked with the National Alliance on Suicide Prevention/Intervention New Hampshire Chapter (NAMI NH) “to infuse safe messaging throughout the production while integrating helpful and constructive content for young adults who are struggling to find their place in this world,” according to Lindberg.
              NAMI NH is a statewide, grassroots non-profit organization comprising a network of affiliate chapters and support groups, staff and volunteers that provide information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness.
              TIGER recruited four young actors to be a part of this collaboration. Bolton is a senior at Plymouth Regional High School and a current member of the TIGER high school cast which tours throughout the school year performing a program for middle school audiences. Flower is a first year PSU communication studies major from Keene. Hunton is a first year music education major from Loudon and Perelli is a junior elementary education major from Penacook.
              Delilah Smith, director of PSU’s Sexuality, Anti-Violence, Gender and Equality (S.A.G.E.) Center announced that the production is funded under a three-year Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
              For information contact the PSU TIGER office at (603) 535-2647. General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

              PSU TIGER roars to support suicide prevention and other student stressors

              December 26th, 2012 by Lynn

                PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University’s Theater Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility, or TIGER, will present “Transitions,” a musical about college, choices and change, Oct. 8.

                “Transitions” is an educational production based on the writings of Plymouth State University students about sensitive issues that cause students stress. The cast includes area students Will Bolton, Sarah Flower, Alex Hunton and Rachel Perelli, under the artistic direction of Trish Lindberg. Will Ogmundson of Sutton is the musical director and composer and Lisa Travis of Holderness is the choreographer.

                The production uses theatre, music and dance to illustrate ways in which college-age students can cope with the stressors of college life and make positive choices for themselves and others.

                The performances and discussions will be held Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in Hyde Hall Room 120, on Langdon Street in Plymouth. The performances are acceptable for students age 16 years and older, and adults. There is no charge for admission.

                “Transitions” is presented as a part of a Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant awarded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in conjunction with TIGER and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Hampshire.

                General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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