THEATRE IN OUR SCHOOLS!
Each season, Florida Rep strives to make professional live theatre accessible to all students and schools throughout Lee and Collier counties and beyond! Florida Rep is proud to offer programming for schools and community groups which include our Theatre for Young Audiences Series, Student Matinees, and In-School Residency Programs.
Florida Rep’s Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) series takes the arts directly into schools or invites students to the theatre! Each season, Florida Rep produces two TYA productions for students in grades K-8th grades which tour to schools across five counties in Southwest Florida (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades). The 2018-2019 season will feature The Cat in the Hat (recommended for K-5th grades) and Alan Gratz REFUGEE (recommended for 6th-10th). Each show comes complete with sets, props, lighting, and sound, needing only a 20’x20’ space from the school in which to perform. Students attend the performance and then participate in a talk-back discussion with the actors. Each tour is accompanied by a core curriculum study guide, given to teachers and students as a supplemental learning tool; these study guides meet Sunshine State Standards of Learning.
Our Student Matinee series invites students to the Historic Arcade Theatre and intimate ArtStage Studio in the beautifully re-developed Fort Myers River District to experience live professional theatre from a company The Wall Street Journey called ‘One of America’s Top Repertory Companies!’. Tickets are $10.00 per student/chaperone. For parties numbering over 30, we offer one free chaperone ticket for every 10 additional students. Shows are accompanied by a study guide to use in class!
Florida Rep Education is eager to work directly in classrooms with your students. In-School Residency Programs are offered as one-off workshops or longer residency programs. In-School residency programs are created with the needs of the individual schools and classrooms addressed through arts-integrated workshops. Pre and/or Post student matinee workshops can be created or core curriculum explored through creative and art based lesson plans. Recent residencies have included arts-integrated lessons on The Diary of Anne Frank, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.