Oregon Children's Theatre

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May 15, 2012

Locomotion Educational Report

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

In March, we closed our production of Locomotion, a lyrical and thoughtful story about an eleven-year-old boy dealing with the loss of his parents. 5,384 students from 75 schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington attended an OCT school performance of Locomotion. OCT provided full scholarships to 1,011 students and partial scholarships to 286 students.

OCT invited the teachers to attend a complimentary performance to preview the play before bringing their classes, and offered teachers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from the award-winning Locomotion author and playwright Jacqueline Woodson. We also created free, in-depth resource guides for teachers who attended field trip performances of Locomotion, helping teachers directly connect the play to required learning benchmarks across a range of grade levels.

In addition, OCT facilitated a post-show discussion following every school performance of Locomotion, to engage students in thoughtful discussions about the themes of the play. And every audience member received a free writing journal, with prompts to encourage them to express themselves in writing.

We received very positive feedback from the teachers and students who attended Locomotion. A teacher whose class received a full scholarship to attend wrote:

“Thank you so much for allowing our students at attend this play…I think it really impacted a lot of them. They have already begun to use their journals for free writing.”

Another teacher wrote:

“We brought our third and fourth graders to Locomotion yesterday and as we teachers were talking after school…we think it’s the best play we’ve ever been to. The emotion and story line both came through so well and made us all want to begin writing the instant we got back to school.”

And a 3rd-grade student gave us this feedback:

“That play inspired me to start writing. That notebook you gave out at the end…I filled up the whole thing”

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

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Feb 14, 2012

The Magic School Bus Project Report

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After 25 years of scientific adventures, the Magic School Bus made its first-ever landing in Portland, in Oregon Children’s Theatre’s production of The Magic School Bus Live: The Climate Challenge! In the play, Ms. Frizzle and her class circle the globe, from Antarctica to the equator, learning about global warming. In classic School Bus style, they start with the big picture, then take a closer look at the reasons the world is getting warmer.

18,670 students from 208 schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington have attended or will attend an OCT school performance of The Magic School Bus Live: The Climate Challenge. OCT provided full scholarships to 581 students and partial scholarships to 1,588 students. We invited the teachers to attend a complimentary performance to preview the play before bringing their classes, and we hosted a free professional development workshop for teachers with OCT’s Technical Director.

OCT created free, in-depth resource guides for teachers who attend field trip performances of The Magic School Bus. Classroom activities include:

  • Climate Up Close: Students answer research questions about different climates, and apply the information to write postcards home from different regions of the world.
  • Portland Then and Portland Now: Teachers use aerial photographs of the region to introduce human impact on the environment and physical and man-made landmarks. Students compare Portland today with what Portland might have been like 100 years ago.
  • Trace Your Carbon Footprint: Students examine ways in which they use energy at school and home, and create carbon footprint posters detailing how they can do their part to help the environment by using less energy.
  • Paper or Plastic? Teachers ask students what happens to different materials as they break down and decompose over time and how might this impact the environment. Students conduct a hands-on experiment in which they subject paper and plastic bags to different environmental forces over a long period of time.
  • Going Green Journals. Students keep records of their energy use and the things they’re throwing away to begin a conversation about waste reduction, using energy more carefully, and going green.

In The Oregonian’s review of The Magic School Bus, Holly Johnson emphasized the educational impact of the production: "The Magic School Bus Live…combines upbeat music, clever choreography, multimedia images and more to bring home the idea that climate change is a hot topic and one of the most important issues we face.”

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

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Nov 14, 2011

Pinkalicious Educational Report

Pinkalicious production photo
Pinkalicious production photo

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

OCT’s 2011-2012 season has begun with the smash hit Pinkalicious! We’ve been getting great feedback from our audiences and we’re selling out most performances!

Pinkalicious: The Musical is based on the popular picture book by Elizabeth Kann. When the title character eats one too many cupcakes, she turns pink. So pink that even a bath won’t wash away the color—which isn’t so bad as far as she is concerned. The remedy is a strict diet of green foods, but Pinkalicious can’t stop thinking about those cupcakes!

4,883 students from 75 schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington have attended or will attend a school performance of Pinkalicious. OCT provided full scholarships to 754 students and partial scholarships to 1,338 students. We invited the teachers to attend a complimentary performance to preview the play before bringing their classes, and we hosted a free professional development workshop for teachers with OCT’s Technical Director.

OCT’s provides free, in-depth resource guides for teachers who attend field trip performances, and Pinkalicious was no exception! Our resource guides provide activities that directly connect our plays to required curriculum across an array of subjects and grade levels. The Pinkalicious resource guide focused on activities for Pre-Kindergarten through Second-Grade students, including:

  • Tickled Pink: Teachers merge a discussion about crafting characters on stage with language arts concepts, including character development and plot. Students create emotional ‘portraits’ of Pinkalicious’ miraculous transformation, and contrast this moment with other points in the plot.
  • Prescription Pad: Students become doctors for a day, as they create a prescription for pinkatitis showcasing their favorite fruit or vegetable and celebrating its nutritional benefits and great taste.
  • Pollinators in Play: Students find out why honey bees chase Pinkalicious at the park. This variation on the game of tag introduces the concept of pollination and ways in which living things depend on one another.
  • Shades of Poetry: Students use Pinkalicious’ all-consuming love of the color pink as a jumping-off point for writing poetry about favorite colors, introducing students to the list poem format, and using figurative language in their writing.

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

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