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We just closed our production of Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly and in this Project Report, we will report on the free services we provided to economically disadvantaged schools in conjunction with the production.
Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly was produced as part of our New Plays Initiative, our commitment to commission at least one new work per season. Renowned playwright Joan Cushing adapted Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss' popular picture books Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly for our first-ever new work directed at an early-elementary age audience.
19,563 students from 201 schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington attended a school performance of Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly. OCT provided full scholarships to 921 students and partial scholarships to 1,042 students. A teacher who attended the production wrote:
“I am a second grade teacher in Hillsboro and am a teacher liaison for OCT…I wanted to tell you that I thought the play was fantastic…I am completely impressed by your actors and actresses. I cannot believe the talent and confidence they displayed. Kudos to you and everyone involved in the play…it was very well done.”
In keeping with the earth science themes of Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and Fly, Oregon Children’s Theatre used nearly all recycled and repurposed materials for the set, costumes and props. OCT provided every student who attended the production a map of the set, describing all the eco-friendly measures we took.
For the costume of the character Fly:
We've included the set map with this report, which contains all the details of OCT's eco-conscious measures for Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and Fly.
Thank you for your support!
In October and November of 2010, Oregon Children's Theatre produced a thrilling Rock Opera version of Alice and Wonderland. The play featured a diverse and multi-talented cast of young people and adults, and reviewers on our blog called it a "great show for young and old," "engaging and playful," and "mesmerizing."
12,352 students from 164 schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington attended a school performance of Alice and Wonderland. OCT provided full scholarships to 1,828 students and partial scholarships to 1,493 students. A student whose class received a full scholarship wrote a letter to OCT:
“The show was a smash! I was blown out of my seat! I really thank you for the free tickets. I hope to see a play there again. I can’t forget any of it!”
Oregon Children's Theatre also provided an array of free resources for teachers in conjunction with Alice and Wonderland; OCT provided every teacher with the opportunity to attend a free preview performance before attending with their classes, as well as a free professional development workshop and resource guide to directly connect Alice and Wonderland to required curriculum across an array of subjects and grades. The Alice resource guide linked to required content standards in the subjects of English Literature, Reading and Writing; Science; Arts; and Social Science.
A fifth grade teacher wrote to OCT:
“Thank you for donating the tickets to River Mill Elementary. My students really enjoyed the show. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to attend the theater. Most students to not get these opportunities unless they are able to attend a field trip!”
We couldn't provide these services to students and teachers without your generous support. Thank you!
Please feel free to contact us if we can provide any additional information about Alice and Wonderland or Oregon Children's Theatre.