Benjamin Franklin – Statesman, Inventor

Type: Performance
Art Form: Theater
Grade Level: K-6 (K-8 for all-school assembly)
Scheduling Request

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.

Note: Now offered as a pre recorded video with live follow-up Q & A sessions, for remote learning. 

Length: 60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300
Curriculum Connection: U.S. History/Founding Fathers, Inventors, Character Education, Science, Technology, S.T.E.M.

Video: Remote Arts Learning Showcase (Historical Perspectives begins at 35:13)

Remote Single (pre recorded, includes follow-up Q+A): $450

Single Show: $550
Back-To-Back: $935
Triple: $1,320
Quad: $1,705
Travel Fee: based on National Standard Mileage Rate (Business)
Note: Pricing may vary for weekends and after-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (pre recorded):
School has access to the video for one week unless otherwise stated in contract. Do not distribute video link outside of the agreed upon parties. Please introduce the artists as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts Ensemble.

Remote Q & A:
School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artists co-hosts. A representative from the school must be on the call to facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performers as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts ensemble.



  • Long (6-8 foot) table
  • Kids’ desk
  • 8 chairs
  • 1 projector screen
  • 1 Audio Visual Cart
  • A/C outlet

Arrival time before first performance: 60 minutes

Strike time: 60 minutes

Time needed between performances: 10 minutes


Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.


Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

Available for follow up Q+As Mon-Fri after 11 am

Double mileage below to account for initial and return trip