“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I LEARN!”
- Benjamin Franklin
Students and teachers alike will journey with “Ben” back to Colonial Days in this highly interactive and entertaining chronicle of everyone’s favorite Founding Father.
Your students will transform into Colonial Characters to participate in the storytelling of Dr. Franklin’s life. Utilizing the students’ creativity, improvisation skills, and imagination, we explore Ben’s early life in Boston learning his father’s trade – A soap and candle stick maker.
Your students then apprentice in the Boston Print Shop owned by Ben’s brother, James. As they hear about Ben’s successful years as both a Printer and a Publisher in Philadelphia, your students stay involved by operating Ben’s “Printing Press”. American History gets served up with a dash of humor as Dr. Franklin quotes the witty remarks from his most famous publishing, “Poor Richard’s Almanac”.
Students also help to demonstrate his many scientific discoveries – From Ben’s first invention of swimming fins at the age of eleven to the most talked about of all, the famous kite flying experiment!
About the Performer
Brian Patrick Mulligan, a First Person Interpreter, is a renowned authority on Benjamin Franklin. He is also professionally trained in presenting interactive Theatre for Children. For 25 years, this one-two punch has made for a spirited, informative, and entertaining “Ben Franklin” Assembly. To top it all off, Mr. Mulligan has an uncanny resemblance to everyone’s favorite Founding Father. He so closely resembles Ben Franklin that he’s been hired to portray him on TV for ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, NBC’s “The Jay Leno Show”, Comedy Central’s “Workaholics”, Disney’s “Kickin’ It”, and for “The Game Show Network”. As well as starring as “Ben” for the following Commercials, “Doritos”, “Comcast Cable”, “American Signature Furniture”, and many more. From the moment “Ben” enters your school, the students will instantly recognize this great American hero and they will sense they are in the presence of living history! Huzzah!“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
- Benjamin Franklin