Ben Franklin: America's Inventor
Historical Character Assembly Program | Grades K-6

“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

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  • Brian Mulligan as Ben Franklin: America's Inventor

Learn by doing with Ben Franklin!  STEAM and American history in an excellent 45-minute assembly presentation for grades K-6.

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Program Summary

Grade Level K-6
Max Audience Size 200+ (limited only by facility)
Performance Time 45-50 minutes
Number of Sessions 1-4 per day
Setup Time 30 minutes
Teardown Time 30 minutes
Required Utilities
  • One 6' or 8' banquet table
  • Approx 8'x25' performance space on the same level as the audience (no stage)
  • Custodial or adult assistance for load-in and set-up
  • Dressing area for performer before and after the performances (not a rest room, please)
Subjects Covered
  • Early American Life
  • Electricity
  • The Importance of Reading
  • Creativity
  • Colonial Trades such as Printer and Soap & Candle Stick Maker
  • Poor Richard’s Almanac
  • Inventions
  • Scientific Discoveries

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