Inter*Act Performances

Jan Turnquist - Inter*Act Performances, Historical characters for schools

Jan Turnquist – Inter*Act Performances, Historical characters for schools

An accomplished actress and historian, and executive director of the Louisa May Alcott House in Concord, MA, Jan Turnquist brings Alcott and other important women from American History vividly to life. In her Inter*Act performances, she comes in character, tells stories full of audience participation, and answers students questions, providing a unique and insightful experience of history.

Games, Pranks, and Stories from the Childhood of Louisa May Alcott

While learning about life one hundred years ago, children can step into the Victorian childhood of Louisa May Alcott and identify with a naughty little child who tried to be good.

Target Grades: K-2
Duration:
 45-60 minutes
Audience Limit: 80

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Catalyst for Civil War

Travel back in time with Harriet Beecher Stowe, whom Abraham Lincoln called “the little lady who made this great war.” This famous abolitionist and author speaks about her life, her dedication to ending slavery, and the publication of her best-selling novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Students join in for important lessons in American history, including pre-Civil War America, the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, abolitionist activities, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, 19th century travel, and life in New England and Europe.

Target Grades: 6-12
Duration:
 45-60 minutes
Audience Limit: Small group: 80, Large group 160 (see pricing below)

Louisa May Alcott: Dynamic Author

Meet Louisa May Alcott, author of the much-loved autobiographical novel, Little Women. Louisa introduces students to important 19th century issues, including suffrage, abolition, equal education, and the Underground Railroad. Students also learn about the many famous friends of the Alcotts, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and come to appreciate the courage and determination of a fiercely independent woman and her unusual Victorian family. Programs can focus on a variety of topics, including the “literary flowering” of New England, the Underground Railroad, the Union Hospital, the Civil War, 19th century women’s rights and social reforms, and Louisa’s “thriller tales.” Programs are tailored to the grade level and may be adjusted to meet your needs.

Target Grades: 6-12
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Audience Limit: Small group: 80, Large group 160 (see pricing below)

Phebe Emerson: Eyewitness to a Revolution

Jan Turnquist - Inter*Act Performances, Historical characters for schools

Jan Turnquist – Inter*Act Performances, Historical characters for schools

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

Target Grades: 3-12
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Audience Limit: Small group: 80, Large group 160 (see pricing below)

PRICING (performance/day)

Games, Pranks and Stories from the Childhood of Louisa May Alcott: 

Single: $252   Double: $403  Triple: $529   Quad: $630

All other programs:
For small groups (audiences up to 80)
Single: $408   Double: $654   Triple: $858   Quad: $1021

For large groups (audiences 81-160)
Single: $656 Double: $1050 Triple: $1,378 Quad: $1,641

Travel Fee: based upon mileage (calculate below)
Note: Prices may vary for weekends/out-of-school time

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
Performance Requirements: Games, Pranks & Stories
Performance Requirements: Jan Turnquist

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
Educational Materials: Games, Pranks & Stories
Educational Materials: Harriet Beecher Stowe Grades 3-5
Educational Materials: Harriet Beecher Stowe Grades 6-12
Educational Materials: Louisa May Alcott: Dynamic Author Grades 3-5
Educational Materials: Louisa May Alcott: Dynamic Author Grades 6-12
Educational Materials: Phebe Emerson: Eyewitness to a Revolution Grades 3-5
Educational Materials: Phebe Emerson: Eyewitness to a Revolution Grades 6-12

BIO
Jan Turnquist is the Executive Director of Louisa May Alcott’s home, Orchard House, in Concord, MA. She has presented teacher workshops at numerous sites including the Wang Center in Boston and Old Sturbridge Village and has performed internationally at sites such as Old South Meeting House in Boston, the Martin Van Buren Historical Site in Kinderhook, NY, Winter Chatauqua in Florida, and the American School in Mexico City and she has performed for first lady, Laura Bush. Jan has presented her work under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Women’s Council, the National Park Service, and Continental Airlines and has performed at numerous libraries, schools, and universities. Jan has also appeared in several BBC productions including Blue Peter, Britain’s longest running children’s television show, Book Worm, and the BBC’s Open University programs. Jan has also appeared on “This Old House” with Norm Abrams on PBS and on “Chronicle” with Mary Richardson on WCVB.

 

PRESS
Jan in Japan, Boston Globe, 2013

TESTIMONIALS
An amazing performance that captivated the audience – children and adults.
-Parent, Fay School, Southborough

Jan truly captivated her entire audience – from 3rd graders to teachers.  She had the perfect mix of history, drama, and interactive fun. Phoebe Emerson was FANTASTIC and we’re going to have her come visit us again this year!”
-Teacher, Mindess Elementary School, Ashland

SCHEDULING
Mornings preferred.

CALCULATE MILEAGE
Mileage Rates
(double the mileage below to account for the trip and the return trip)