10-12 yrs.

Imagine Dr. King as a Child

photos-medleyphoto-4364389Can you picture it? A young boy in Atlanta, wide-eyed and full of hope. Martin was part of a family, just like you and me. He was someone’s son He was someone’s student.

In honor of Dr. King’s special day, I want to remember him as a child and PLAY! Looking for a way for your family to honor his legacy today? Here are three ideas from the Alliance Theatre to get you started:

  1. READ. Pour yourself into a book on Dr. King and ask questions about the times in which he became the hero we respect today. Our favorite children’s books about Dr. King include:


The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore, Illustrated by Amy Wummer

This board book features minimal words introducing toddlers and preschool aged children to the life of Dr. King. We love this version as it points out the opposite lives African-American and Caucasian children lived in Martin’s day. Talk with your family about some differences you see in your community between people of any background.


We March by Shane W. Evans

How incredibly simple and elegant is this book? In our current political climate, the media is saturated with stories of marching. This book chronicles the civil rights movement’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom from waking up when its still dark outside, to Dr. King’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial. This book is accessible for very young children. Talk with your family about fairness, and what a peaceful protest is.


Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and named Best Illustrated Children’s Book 2001 by The New York Times, this book is essential in your conversations about Dr. King’s life. This book is intense, powerful and absolutely stunning with its’ use of collage. Recommended for elementary aged children.

2. SEE. On view through March 12, 2017 at the High Museum of Art, five photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life are displayed in the Greene Family Learning Gallery. Pay close attention to the photo of him with his family.


Today at the Woodruff Arts Center at 2:30 p.m., teenagers and young adults from the Palefsky Collision Project present Dear Dr. King, a reading of their work celebrating Dr. King’s life and a hopeful view of the future. Tickets are free. For more information, click here.


3. PLAY. As a boy, Martin wanted to be many things before he became the icon he is today. In a TIME article about his early years, it was said Martin wanted to be a fireman, then a doctor, then a lawyer, and finally a minister. Does this sound familiar?

With your family, discuss what they want to be when they grow up and take turns acting out these jobs for each other. Turn your sofa into a boat for future sailors. Imagine your backyard is a jungle for future explorers. Pull out old sheets and hats and get to designing the next en vogue ensemble with your future fashion designer.

You have all you need to become anything you want to be. Its located above your shoulders in that brilliant brain!





The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents Phantoms of the Orchestra on October 30, 2016

Atlanta Symphony Hall has been invaded by ghosts! Who can we call for help?! This year, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra needs your help in putting the Phantoms of the Orchestra to rest.  As the Atlanta Symphony Hall is now haunted, we invite you to join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor, Joseph Young, on a Halloween adventure with the Magic Circle Mime Company as they lead the ghoulish orchestra in a concert just for families.  The Orchestra will perform music from Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor among many other selections. Also, this year, our costume contest continues!


We encourage every member of the family to participate. We had some family-themed costumes last year, which entertained us all. Come enjoy an afternoon together filled with mostly treats, but Maestro Young does have a few tricks up his sleeve.  There will be activities for the whole family, including the return of the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, Halloween-themed Art Making, and a Halloween Photo Booth designed to light up those jack-o-lantern smiles. Boys and ghouls of all ages are invited to come enjoy this hour-long concert to celebrate this Halloween season. For more information or to buy tickets, please click here.


Last year, Halloween Hijinx ensued when families attended this kid-friendly concert to help Assistant Conductor Joseph Young pick out his Halloween costume.  Along the way, kids enjoyed an instrument petting zoo, costume contest and wonderful music provided by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who dressed up in costumes too!


Thank you to Jeff Roffman Photography for all photography used in this post.


Alliance Theatre Instagram Video Contest – Moby Dick


Moby Dick by Herman Melville is a classic text written during the American Renaissance. This October, the Alliance Theatre will take this tale of man’s obsessive battle against nature and turn this seafaring American classic into a thrilling experiment in aerial storytelling through bold trapeze and acrobatic work.


While this reimagination of this classic quest takes over the Alliance Stage, we invite families to record and share their own artistic take on the story of Moby Dick in the form of a video response on Instagram. There will be prizes for the most inventive entries. Similar to Instagram’s Weekend Hashtag Projects, where there is a weekly contest around a specific theme or idea, this contest centers around video, Moby Dick, and the responses that story elicits.

Where to Begin

Herman Melville’s story has been reinterpreted and re-imagined multiple times since it was originally published in 1851 because the themes are timeless. Read the book, listen to the musical, check out the trailer for the show, and more…and then artistically respond.

Check out some resources for inspiration:

All entries will be on view during the run of Moby Dick at the Alliance Theatre.

Let’s Get Started

This contest is all about video and it must be posted to Instagram (using the 60 second time limit). Feel free to use any apps to create unique videos that creatively and artistically represent your response.

Families must post their video to Instagram by Wednesday, October 17th by 11:59pm EST using the hashtags #MobyDick, #AllianceTheatre, and #1MinuteMoby.

A few tips:

  • If your video includes sound, make sure the message comes through even if viewed on silent.
  • When uploading, choose a captivating video thumbnail image and title to grab attention right away.
  • Even though the original story of Moby-Dick is long, it doesn’t mean your response has to be. Get creative in using your time.

Moby Dick was originally produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company in association with Actors Gymnasium in Chicago. This is a co-production with Arena Stage and South Coast Repertory.

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