Historical Perspectives

Historical Perspectives performances are scripted, 45-minute historical dramas in which one actor portrays an influential and inspiring character from history, from early childhood through major career achievements. Performances incorporate pictures and audio and end with actors stepping out of character to answer student questions. All material created by Joan Schaeffer.

Benjamin Franklin – Statesman, Inventor

Meet the uniquely fascinating entrepreneur, inventor and founding father. With humor and drama, Ben shows his youthful days as a compulsive reader with a hungry mind, his tremendously successful rise through the printing trade, his scientific experiments and his triumphs as an inventor of items as diverse as bifocal glasses and swim fins. He demonstrates the spirit and industriousness that lead to American’s first circulating library and innovated postal service, and relives his elder days as a revolutionary who helps craft our founding documents. Ben’s story will ignite the natural curiosity of all students and challenge them to ask, “Why?” “What if?” and “What can I do to make a difference?” This performance can be tailored for older or younger audiences.

Target Grades: K-8
45 Minutes
Audience Limit:
 300 students
Benjamin Franklin Performance Requirements

(all HPC programs, performance/day)
Single: $530 Double: $750 Triple: $985 Quad: $1,220
Travel Fee: based upon mileage (calculate below)

Note: Pricing may vary for weekends and after-school time


“I need to sing his praises and share with you how incredibly wonderful his presentation was!!!! The students were so engaged and it was clear how much everyone (myself included!!) loved his performance. John was wonderful to work with and he did such a fantastic job keeping the students involved, teaching them science and history, and making us all laugh. Bravo to him and to Young Audiences!!!” – Lacey Blaisdell, Arts Coordinator, Bell School, Marblehead, MA

“I wanted to let you know that Ben Franklin was fabulous. The second graders were riveted – you could hear a pin drop in the room which I could not believe.  The teachers said he was amazing. The kids had endless questions for him. Thought you’d want to know!” -Kara Bettigole, Arts Coordinator, Bennett-Hemenway School, Natick, MA

Historical Perspectives: Benjamin Franklin, is available Thursdays and Fridays only. Have a question or ready to schedule? Click the “Scheduling Request” button below.

Mileage Rates (double the mileage below to account for initial and return trips)