Theatre Programs Address Social Issues Facing Children

January 31st, 2007 by Adam

More than 113,000 school children have considered social questions in a new way—by reacting to issues presented by the professional actors of TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility). The program is a collaboration between the Plymouth State University graduate programs in integrated arts and counselor education.

A daylong presentation of the five TIGER programs will be held at PSU’s Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guests will be able to preview programs and meet the actors and discuss the shows from their perspective.

Tickets are $5 per show or $20 for all five programs. A limited number of complimentary tickets for school representatives are available.

The professional theatre company was created by the University to help children, schools, parents and communities deal with social issues such as bullying, diversity, acceptance and developing friendships, that occur in the school context. Based on written submissions from New Hampshire children, a TIGER performance incorporates live actors, puppets, theatre, movement and music, to engage school audiences from kindergarten through grade eight.

“By using children’s’ own words, TIGER enables the children to hear their own voices,” said TIGER founder and director Professor Trish Lindberg. “As they step back from experiences such as bullying or the intolerance of individual differences, they develop more successful social interactions as school.”

actorsShows in the TIGER repertoire and the preview times on Feb. 17 are:

10 a.m. A Bully Isn’t Your Friend . . . Yet! (appropriate for grades K-8)

What does it feel like to be a target, a bully or a bystander?

11:15 a.m. Safe and Sound All Around (appropriate for grades K-6)

Empowering children to make good choices.

[Meet the actors in the Silver lobby after the show]

1 p.m. Let Your Star Shine(appropriate for grades K-6)

Accepting people for who they are and the special gifts they embody.

2:15 p.m. TIGER Teen Theatre (appropriate for grades 6-8)

Middle School issues performed for middle schoolers by high school students.

3:15 p.m. Just Between Friends (appropriate for grades K-6)

Learning how to make and keep a friend

TIGER was first envisioned in 2002 by Trish Lindberg, Plymouth State University professor of education and M.Ed. in integrated arts coordinator.

Lindberg is an award winning teacher, director and producer who turned to her graduate college colleagues, Dr. Gail Mears, coordinator
of mental health programs, and Dr. Gary Goodnough, coordinator of school counselor education programs along with her graduate assistant Kate Lynch, to help create the program.

Lindberg was recently recognized as New Hampshire Youth Theatre Director of the Year by the New Hampshire Theatre Committee.

Her work has been lauded by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, which presented her the 1999 Governor’s Arts and Education Award. In 2002 she won the prestigious NETC Moss Hart Trophy for Best Overall Production of 2002 for her original play, A You and Me World. In 2003 she received the Youth Theatre Director of the Year Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). She was named Plymouth State’s Distinguished Teacher of 2003, and one of New Hampshire’s six most remarkable women by New Hampshire Magazine. In 2004 , the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Lindberg New Hampshire Professor of the Year. She was selected from among nearly 400 top professors in the U.S.

In addition to performing at nearly 400 public and private schools, TIGER has recently produced a CD with both instrumental and vocal tracks from the five shows.

Tickets for the TIGER marathon are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

Box office hours are Monday – Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and immediately prior to performances. Accommodations can be made for patrons with special needs. Please contact the box office in advance for such service.

For more information about TIGER, or to book a performance, call (603) 535-2647.