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May 5, 2014

Charlotte's Web Project Report

Captivated
Captivated

Thank you for your generous support of Oregon Children’s Theatre!

The word is out, he’s “some pig,” “radiant,” “terrific!” A story of friendship, loss and love, Charlotte’s Web shines onstage. Intelligent, funny, and heartfelt, the book by E.B. White has captivated young readers for generations. When an affectionate pig named Wilbur is saved from slaughter and sent to live on a nearby farm, he finds a barnyard full of animals who quickly become family. But it’s the most unlikely of friends that prove to be his best — a spider named Charlotte who uses her skills to save Wilbur’s life once more, even as her own is slipping away. It’s the classic tale you know and love!

Charlotte’s Web is ranked #1 in “The Top 100 Children’s Novels” by School Library Journal.

Just over 23,000 students from 258 schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington attended a performance of Charlotte's Web. OCT provided full scholarships to 791 students. Teachers were offered a free professional development workshop in which they were able to preview the performance in advance of bringing their students and learn theater integration and skills from a classroom teacher and theater artist.

501 tickets were offered to our social service partners; Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. Mary's Home for Boys, Friends of the Children, Shriners Hospital, Children's Cancer Association, Starlight Foundation, and Boys and Girls Clubs, DHS. These groups were also given the opportunity to participate in a backstage tour.

Seeing live theater is always a powerful experience for young people, and for many school audience members, it’s the only live arts experience they’ll have all year. Fan mail from students emphasizes the impact: “it was super fantastical—my favorite part was the whole thing.” “I did not want to leave, it was a blast.” Feedback from teachers illustrates that live theater is not only fun and engaging—it strengthens students’ appreciation of reading and language arts: “my students could not stop talking about [the play]. They were comparing their favorite parts, talking about what was funniest, and comparing it to the book.”

One of OCT’s goals as an organization is to provide school audiences with curriculum connections and opportunities for learning beyond students’ trip to the theater. Providing teachers with free resources is one of the ways that OCT deepens student experiences. Teachers receive complimentary tickets to preview performances and also attend backstage tours. Each OCT production also has a free teacher resource guide filled with discussion starters, activities tied to educational standards and learning goals, and reading resources provided by the Multnomah County Library.

Read the Charlotte's Web teacher resource guides:

http://octc.org/pdf/guides/charlottesweb_rg_before.pdf

http://octc.org/pdf/guides/charlottesweb_rg_ontheway.pdf

http://octc.org/pdf/guides/charlottesweb_rg_after.pdf

Charlotte's Web curriculum connections included:

  • Language Arts: Literature: Key Ideas and Details
  • Language Arts: Writing: Production and Distribution of Writing
  • Language Arts: Literature: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
  • Language Arts: Literature: Craft and Structure
  • Science: Structure and Function
  • Science: Interaction and Change

Please feel free to contact us if we can provide any additional information about Charlotte's Web or Oregon Children's Theatre’s educational services for disadvantaged schools. Thank you again for your support!

 

Joy
Joy
Wilbur & Fern
Wilbur & Fern
Jazz Hands
Jazz Hands

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Dec 17, 2013

Gathering Blue Project Report

Gathering blue
Gathering blue

Thank you for your generous support of Oregon Children’s Theatre!

Just over 6640 students from 105 schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington attended a school performance of Gathering Blue. OCT provided full scholarships to 187 students. Teachers were offered a free professional development workshop in which they were able to preview the performance in advance of bringing their students and learn theater integration and skills from a classroom teacher and theater artist.

Seeing live theater is always a powerful experience for young people, and for many school audience members, it’s the only live arts experience they’ll have all year. Fan mail from students emphasizes the impact: “it was super fantastical—my favorite part was the whole thing.” “I did not want to leave, it was a blast.” Feedback from teachers illustrates that live theater is not only fun and engaging—it strengthens students’ appreciation of reading and language arts: “my students could not stop talking about [the play]. They were comparing their favorite parts, talking about what was funniest, and comparing it to the book.”

One of OCT’s goals as an organization is to provide school audiences with curriculum connections and opportunities for learning beyond students’ trip to the theater. Providing teachers with free resources is one of the ways that OCT deepens student experiences. Teachers receive complimentary tickets to preview performances and also attend backstage tours with OCT’s technical director. Each production also has a free teacher resource guide filled with discussion starters, activities tied to educational standards and learning goals, and reading resources provided by the Multnomah County Library.

Curriculum Connections for Gathering Blue included the following:

The Big Ideas

 

  • It is important to use compassion and empathy to look beyond surfaces and appearances
  • Being different or an outsider can offer a unique and special perspective
  • Cultures use the arts to tell stories, preserve their history, and articulate their values and ways of life
  • Art can be used to enhance our compassion, our humanity, and to create change in our society

 

Curriculum Connections

 

  • Language Arts: novel and genre study, character development
  • Social Sciences: types of government, social contracts, social issue analysis, rights and responsibilities of citizens, free speech
  • Arts: Different kinds of media, the arts and social change

 

Resource Guide and Classroom Extras

Our teacher resource guide offers discussion starters, standards-linked activities connected to subject areas including language arts, social sciences, and arts, worksheet downloads, and a reading list from Multnomah County Library. Download the guide at www.octc.org/schoolservices/gatheringblue.

 

Please feel free to contact us if we can provide any additional information about Gathering Blue or Oregon Children's Theatre’s educational services for disadvantaged schools. Thank you again for your support!

Waiting for Gathering Blue
Waiting for Gathering Blue
For some, this is their theater experience
For some, this is their theater experience
Gathering Blue - Kira
Gathering Blue - Kira

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Aug 7, 2013

A Year with Frog & Toad Project Report

A Year with Frog & Toad
A Year with Frog & Toad

Thank you for your generous support of Oregon Children’s Theatre!

Best friends Frog and Toad have been delighting young readers for more than 25 years. Outgoing and optimistic, Frog brings out the best in the reserved and cautious Toad. A Year with Frog and Toad follows the friends as they adventure through the seasons: speeding down snowy hills in sleds, planting springtime flowers, splashing in summer swimming holes, and piling up autumn leaves. Together, they bring joy and exuberance to everyday moments, encouraging each other and enjoying each other’s company through thick and thin.

Just over 17,000 students from schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington attended a performance of A Year with Frog & Toad. OCT provided full or partial scholarships to 5,137 students. Teachers were offered a free professional development workshop in which they were able to preview the performance in advance of bringing their students and learn theater integration and skills from a classroom teacher and theater artist.

472 tickets were distributed to our social service partners; Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. Mary's Home for Boys, Friends of the Children, Shriners Hospital, Children's Cancer Association, Starlight Foundation, and Boys and Girls Clubs, DHS. These groups were also given the opportunity to participate in a backstage tour.

Seeing live theater is always a powerful experience for young people, and for many school audience members, it’s the only live arts experience they’ll have all year. Fan mail from students emphasizes the impact: “it was super fantastical—my favorite part was the whole thing.” “I did not want to leave, it was a blast.” Feedback from teachers illustrates that live theater is not only fun and engaging—it strengthens students’ appreciation of reading and language arts: “my students could not stop talking about [the play]. They were comparing their favorite parts, talking about what was funniest, and comparing it to the book.”

One of OCT’s goals as an organization is to provide school audiences with curriculum connections and opportunities for learning beyond students’ trip to the theater. Providing teachers with free resources is one of the ways that OCT deepens student experiences. Teachers receive complimentary tickets to preview performances and also attend backstage tours with OCT’s technical director. Each production also has a free teacher resource guide filled with discussion starters, activities tied to educational standards and learning goals, and reading resources provided by the Multnomah County Library.

A Year with Frog & Toad was full of great sciences connections, appreciation of the natural world, and scientific curiosity. Science vocabulary & concepts and curriculum connections included:

  • Metamorphosis
  • Amphibians
  • Hibernation
  • Migration
  • Habitat
  • Species
  • Ecosystem
  • Life cycle
  • Seasons
  • Needs of living things
  • Growth and change
  • Gardens and plants

In addition to the above, A Year with frog & Toad received high recognition from the theatre community and were honored with 7 Drammy awards including Best Production. Produced by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, the Drammy Awards annually celebrates outstanding achievement in Portland Theatre. Oregon Children's Theatre was thrilled to be recognized with the highest number of awards given in 2013.

Please feel free to contact us if we can provide any additional information about A Year with Frog & Toad or Oregon Children's Theatre’s educational services for disadvantaged schools. Thank you again for your support!

Read the A Year with Frog & Toad teacher resource guide http://www.octc.org/pdf/guides/stinkycheeseman_rg.pdf

On Stage!
On Stage!
Jazz Hands!
Jazz Hands!
Hooray!
Hooray!

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