Penobscot Theatre hosts Special Event for Educators, Acadia Hospital to launch After School Program

PTC offers public preview of touring show.

Penobscot Theatre is thrilled to be partnering with Acadia Hospital to present the touring outreach production of I Am the Brother of Dragons.  A public preview performance will be held Monday, November 5th 7 p.m. at the Bangor Opera House.   The general public is invited to attend for $5 and all educators are invited to attend this event for free.  A panel discussion will follow allowing audience members to ask questions of Acadia Hospital Clinicians and members of Penobscot Theatre Company.

Following the public performance, I Am the Brother of Dragons will be available to visit your school or organization.  A play with an important message by Gillette Elvgren, I Am the Brother of Dragons explores the family dynamic and how it is impacted by one member’s addiction to drugs.  With its fast-pace and theatrical devices, this play is sure to engage students in an interesting and exciting way.  Following each show, clinicians from Acadia Hospital will facilitate a discussion about the themes in I Am the Brother of Dragons as well as answer any questions students might have relating to substance abuse.  The cast will also be available to participate in the question and answer session.  With the recent surge of prescription drug abuse and the “bath salts” crisis, I Am the Brother of Dragons, addresses an important issue facing teenage youth today.  Penobscot Theatre and Acadia Hospital invite you to participate in this important event.

Tours will become available for booking from November 5th through the month of May.  Please contact Jasmine Ireland, (Director of Education and Outreach), at or 947-6618 ext. 104 to schedule your reservation.

Acadia Hospital to launch new after school program.

In addition to this event, we are pleased to share that our partners on this project, Acadia Hospital will be launching a new after school program to benefit children in our area. Find all the information below!

After School Program

Acadia’s After School Program is a group designed for children and adolescents, ages 5-8, 9-13 and 14-18, who have conflicts at home, school or participating in community activities because of emotional/behavioral problems due to a mental health diagnosis or substance abuse issues.  A goal of the program is to reduce individual barriers and assist children in identifying and maximizing their strengths so they may have more positive experiences at home, in school and in the community.

Group sessions with direct instruction and application, with focus on the following topics and objectives:

  • Family Life—respect, relationships and problem solving.
  • Anger Management—including conflict resolution and problem solving.
  • Health & Wellness—including nutrition, substance abuse education and exercise.
  • Creative Expression—using art, music and play in therapeutic setting.
  • Social Skills—including community integration, friendship skills, expressing thoughts and feelings.
  • Physical Activity—Low ropes course, recreation therapy, cooperative sports.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Developmentally appropriate group setting with trained facilitators (LCSW, LCPC, RNC, Certified Recreation Therapist).
  • Psychiatrist on site for any emergent issues.
  • Variety of mental health groups.
  • Transportation assistance for Mainecare patients.
  • Snack included upon arrival.

Time:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Space is limited!  For more information, please call 973-6100

Most insurance policies cover this program!