PSU’s TIGER theater company launches online education series

The TIGER team has created 20 episodes of 'TIGER TIME' – an engaging, entertaining video series for children in kindergarten through Grade 4

Typically during this time of year, Plymouth State University’s (PSU) Emmy award-winning TIGER (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility) theater company, a collaboration between PSU graduate-level integrated arts and school counseling programs, would be busy presenting its popular educational performances to elementary, middle and high school students throughout New England.

But with its season cut short by the sudden transition to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TIGER team quickly mobilized to create TIGER TIME – an engaging, entertaining video series for children in kindergarten to grade four that can be incorporated into remote learning curriculum by teachers and enjoyed by parents and children.

TIGER is a theater company designed to help children, schools, parents and communities deal proactively and positively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today. Based entirely upon the anonymous writings of schoolchildren, TIGER performances incorporate live actors, theater, movement and music to engage audiences. The performances explore topics such as trust, empathy, inclusion, confidence, bullying and more to help students learn to create more positive social interactions at school, at home and in their communities.

Tiger Time

The TIGER TIME episode on “Respect” featuring Alex Ray of the Common Man Family of Restaurants can be viewed on YouTube.

The 20-episode TIGER TIME series features PSU TIGER actors past and present, community actors, local artists and New Hampshire Artist Laureate and PSU Professor Amanda Whitworth.

Alex Ray of the Common Man Family of Restaurants appears in four episodes where he cooks-up tasty, kid-friendly dishes in his home kitchen. Episodes incorporate storytelling, music, singing, dancing, activities, magic tricks and more, communicating positive lessons that children can easily grasp. The episodes average 10 to 15 minutes in length.

“TIGER TIME is great educational programming that is professionally done, and also fun,” said Alex Ray, owner and founder of The Common Man Family of Restaurants. “I think it’s up there with Kermit [the Frog] and Mister Rogers as rare ‘good TV’ for children.”   

TIGER TIME episodes can be downloaded and viewed individually, or as a full playlist of 20 episodes from PSU’s TIGER TIME YouTube channel.

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