Adventures of Benjamin Franklin

by  Actors Company

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The Adventures of Benjamin Franklin. Printer, Scientist, Inventor, Author, Ambassador, Postmaster, Philanthropist, Patriot: Benjamin Franklin has even been called "the First American".  In this original, interactive one-man show, one of the world's greatest statesmen and authors weaves together history, civics, science, and humor by recounting the story of his life.  Dr. Franklin discusses his challenging youth in Boston, his days as a printer and writer in Philadelphia, and his adventures as an inventor, philanthropist, diplomat, and hero of the American Revolution. Includes safe, participatory, fascinating re-creations of Franklin’s experiments, making this show particularly relevant to both STE and HSS curriculum, and of course, character development. Adaptable from K - 12, as well as for adult, family, and mixed age groups. Franklin's birthday is January 17; also great for July 4th celebrations!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $220.00
Point to Point Premium: $200.00

Title 1 Schools may request a $20 discount off the Regular Price of $220. DIscount also available per site when requesting a program for multiple sites to tune in simultaneously. Please inquire at theactorscompany1@gmail.com . Thank you!


45 minutes - 1 hour (adaptable to your scheduling needs)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod Seniors Public Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

International, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Social Studies/History, STEM, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Unless cancelled due to official emergency (e.g., school closed due to weather emergency), cancellation must be received in writing by The Actors Company at least 2 weeks in advance of scheduled program, to avoid fees for late cancellations. Those who cancel within 2 weeks, and do NOT re-book program (subject to $20 re-booking fee) will still be responsible for full program fee.. Please contact us with any questions.

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Actors Company

Waltham, MA
United States

The Actors Company's professional teaching artists offer original, engaging, historical and literary character-based shows, as well as customized workshops in theater topics and mindful & creative movement. 

Our highly interactive programs support educational objectives in ELA, HSS, STE, SEL, performing arts & physical literacy, in schools, as well as life-long learning goals in community settings. Our carefully researched historical & literary shows are presented in period costume, and all our programs are adaptable to specific curricular, developmental, and scheduling needs. 

TAC was founded by J.T. Turner (SAG-AFTRA, AEA), an award-winning professional writer, actor, director, and educator, and is managed by Marci Diamond (MPA, SAG-AFTRA, AEA), also a professional teaching artist/performer. Additional programming is provided by Marisa Diamond (BFA, SAG-AFTRA, AEA). 

All our teaching artists have extensive performance and teaching experience, both virtually and in-person, working with film and theater companies, universities, schools, senior communities, museums, universities, corporate and government clients, and non-profits. For more information: www.jtturner.org www.diamondcircus.com www.marisadiamond.com

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Program Details


1. Benjamin Franklin greets participants and tells engaging stories from his colorful life.
2. Dr. Franklin shares several of his writings, inventions and experiments.
3. Dr. Franklin discusses his role in the American Revolution and shares copies of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Students read the Preamble.
4. Question and answer time with Dr. Franklin.


Participants will:

1. Be inspired to apply Benjamin Franklin's examples of curiosity, ingenuity, perseverance, and scientific methods in addressing problems and challenges they face.

2. Develop an appreciation for the necessity and power of the written word, and of diplomacy, cross-cultural respect, and civic engagement.

3. Engage in discussion about the most important founding events and documents of the United States with "the man who was there".