Phebe Emerson: Eyewitness to a Revolution Theater & Media Arts


Phebe Emerson: Eyewitness to a Revolution

Type: Performance
Art Form: Theater & Media Arts|History, Math, Science
Grade Level: 3-12
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Join Phebe Emerson on April 19, 1775 – the fateful day when the Redcoats marched into Concord from Lexington. Mrs. Emerson, the wife of Concord’s minister in 1775, witnessed the famous battle that took place on that day. Phebe brings a fresh perspective to this historical event, discusses how the townspeople felt about the American Revolution, and reviews the events leading up to it. The grandmother of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Phebe gives students a sense of daily life in Colonial America and provides an informational foundation for understanding the “flowering of New England” during the 19th century. Programs are tailored to the grade level and may be adjusted to meet your needs.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 200
Curriculum Connection: Women of American History, Storytelling, American Revolution, Colonial America

Single Performance: $700
Additional Performances: $560
Travel: $75 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

  • 1 reserved parking space
  • A small private area (even a closet is ok) for changing and keeping personal belongings (not a bathroom)
  • Bottled water

Performance space:

  • A large classroom or library area with ample room for the artist to move freely in her bulky costumes is preferred to an auditorium.
  • Audience should be seated at the beginning of the performance in a horseshoe formation large enough to allow three people across the middle.
  • Elementary school students should be seated on the floor.
  • Because no sound system is used, please ensure that the space will allow for each student to hear.

Arrival before first performance: 20 minutes

Strike time: 5 minutes

Time needed between performances: 5 minutes

No more than two consecutive grade levels should be included in any performance. Teachers are expected to model proper audience behavior to students.

Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.

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