Meet Jane Goodall…as a child
For every child who has been told “You can’t do that,” there is no better mentor to disprove that statement than Jane Goodall. Goodall was born on April 3, 1934, in London, England. At the young age of 26, she followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild – immersing herself in their habitat as a neighbor rather than a distant observer. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. The rest, as they say, is history.
About the Show
Jane began dreaming of a life in advocacy pretty much as soon as she started speaking. This fall, Oregon Children’s Theatre is telling the story of 10-year old Jane Goodall and how it all started in the West Coast Premiere of Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall. You’ll be transported into young Jane’s vivid daydreams, as she and her stuffed monkey sidekick Jubilee explore Africa from coast to coast!
Don’t write this off as a show that’s “just for girls” though. The adventures that Jane and Jubilee embark on – coupled with glorious singing, tap-dancing chickens, and intricate set pieces – make for a magical afternoon at the theatre for the whole family to enjoy. Childhood imagination leads the way, encouraging kids of all ages to pursue their ambitions in the face of adversity.
Me…Jane runs from October 19 – November 17, 2019 at Portland’s Newmark Theatre and tickets are on sale now, starting at $15 (with several discounts and special offers available).
About the Season
But this show is just the beginning, as Oregon Children’s Theatre launches its 32nd season with a line-up sure to please theatergoers of all ages and interests! The season includes Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall (Oct. 17 – Nov. 19, 2019), Dragons Love Tacos (Jan. 18 – Feb. 16, 2020), The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 (Feb. 29 – Mar. 22, 2020), The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Mar. 28 – May 17, 2020) and Last Stop on Market Street (May 2 – May 31, 2020).
So, as you’re considering creative ways to spend time with your family this year, keep Oregon Children’s Theatre in mind. The extraordinary thing about theater is its ability to take us on journeys. It can lead us into fantasy worlds big and small, transport us to places near and far, take us back in time, and even show us the wonder in our own backyards. The power of a story can awaken the imagination. When presented with the magic of lights, costumes, and music, the story transforms into a journey that can create life-long memories.
But theatre can also take us on a different type of journey, one that empowers learning, empathy, and understanding. Theater is a tool that can present the lives of others in ways we have not seen before, allowing us to travel through someone else’s experiences.
When you attend the theater together as a family, you will see the world through different eyes and learn together that everyone has a story to tell, no matter how big or how small. Best of all, you’ll have fun together, creating memories you’ll carry with your family for the rest of your lives. Whether based in reality or completely imaginary, the journeys we take this season at Oregon Children’s Theatre will be unforgettable. Come join us, won’t you?
Season tickets and individual show tickets are on sale now at octc.org, or by calling the box office at 503-228-9571