LEWISTON – All educators are invited to attend a free preview performance of “The Old Settler” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at The Public Theatre.

“We had a terrific turnout when we offered a free ‘No Teacher Left Behind’ performance of ‘The Nerd’ earlier in the season,” said Artistic Director Christopher Schario, “and we’re very excited to offer teachers another great production with an even better educational twist.”

Aside from seeing “The Old Settler,” The Public Theatre’s education committee will present a discussion at intermission about the many ways the Maine learning results can be applied to experiencing a play at The Public Theatre. There will be light refreshments available.

Set against the backdrop of Harlem in 1943, “The Old Settler” tells the story of two middle-aged sisters who bring a young male roomer into their lives to help pay the rent. A satisfying mix of comedy and drama, the old-fashioned play explores the bond between sisters and the joys and heartache of an unexpected May-December romance.

Those interested in attending should RSVP name and the number of people attending to 782-2211 or [email protected]

Last season more than 5,000 students attended a matinee performance at The Public Theatre. The special student matinee performances are $5 a ticket. The reduced rate ticket is made possible by the support of local businesses and foundations.

Quality Equity productions featuring professional actors from New York and New England, and post-show discussions featuring the actors and the director, offer students an artistic experience as well as interacting with the people who created the performance.

Free detailed study guides, prepared by Professor Martin Andrucki of Bates College, are available in advance of each production in addition to a Maine Learning Results Guide listing the educational objectives met with each production.

For more information on student matinees and study guides, visit The Public Theatre’s Web site at www.thepublictheatre.org. The theater is located at the corner of Lisbon and Maple streets in downtown Lewiston.

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