Theater Education for Disadvantaged Students

 
$6,692
$39,233
Raised
Remaining
Feb 5, 2013

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe Project Report

Students from Rosa Parks Elementary
Students from Rosa Parks Elementary

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

OCT began the year 2013 with the classic story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are four ordinary children until Lucy discovers a wardrobe that is really a gateway to the enchanted world of Narnia. The siblings find themselves in a scene of dazzling snow and in the center of a great conflict. All is cold, silent, and foreboding because the evil White Witch has cursed the land with eternal winter and turned many of her enemies to stone. But with the arrival of the children, the land begins to change, mur­murs of a prophecy surface, and rumors soon spread that Aslan, the beloved lion king, is going to return. As the children help Aslan free Narnia from the Witch, they learn lessons about kindness, courage, fear, treachery, loyalty, sacrifice, and forgiveness. C.S. Lewis’ beloved classic has inspired generations of young readers for more than 60 years.

Just under 16,000 students from ---- schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington have attended or will attend a school performance of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.. OCT provided full scholarships to 1091 students and partial scholarships to 1123 students. Teachers were offered a free professional development workshop in which they were able to observe a working tech rehearsal and have a Q&A session with the OCT production staff.

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.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe curriculum connections included:

  • Arts: Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Arts: Create, Present and Perform: Create, present and perform works of art.
  • Language Arts: Literature: Key Ideas and Details
  • Language Arts: Literature: Craft and Structure
  • Language Arts: Literature: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
  • Language Arts: Writing: Production and Distribution of Writing
  • Language Arts: Writing: Text Types and Purposes
  • Social Sciences: Historical Knowledge

The Big Ideas:

  • Courage
  • Self Sacrifice for the greater good
  • Resisting temptation and the easy way out
  • Growing up and becoming an adult
  • Learning to lead – being honest, proud, generous, forgiving, and kind

Read the The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe teacher resource guide HERE

Watch a video preview and interview with director Matthew Zrebski HERE

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

 

 

For many, this experience is a first!
For many, this experience is a first!
Ready to be transported to another world!
Ready to be transported to another world!

Links:

Nov 14, 2012

Duck for President project report

Students from Rosa Parks Elementary
Students from Rosa Parks Elementary

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

OCT’s 2012-2013 season has just begun with the smash hit Duck for President! Fed up with farm chores, Duck decides to challenge Farmer Brown to an election, only to discover that being in charge of the farm is hard work. So he decides to run for governor—and then president—kissing babies and hitting the late-night talk show circuit along the way. With showy campaign numbers, barnyard election antics, and nods to famous presidential moments, you’ll be ready to vote Duck for President no matter what side of the election you’re on.

Just under 10,000 students from 130 schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington attended a school performance of Duck for President. OCT provided full scholarships to 691 students and partial scholarships to 521 students. We offered teachers a free professional development workshop with OCT’s Technical Director and invited them to attend a complimentary performance to preview the play before bringing their classes.

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.”

Duck for President offered great opportunities to connect the arts to civics education and the 2012 election. 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. Duck’s quest for the presidency isn’t entirely filled with pure intentions, but it does provide ample room for discussion about what makes a good leader and citizen, fairness and democratic process, and how to achieve big change on the grassroots level—topics that directly connect to social sciences educational standards for primary grades.

The Duck for President curriculum connections included:

  • Rights and responsibilities of citizens
  • Government, democracy, and politics
  • Local, state, and national levels of government
  • Responsibility and leadership
  • Elections and politics
  • Cooperating and solving conflicts
  • Language arts: slogans and speeches, letter writing, debate, and more
  • Math: counting votes, graphing, fractions

In order to further engage students with the election, OCT also conducted presidential elections at each school matinee. Teachers were provided with voting packets in advance, they polled their students, and turned in their official classroom results to the OCT staff in the theater lobby. Results were tallied and shared with students from the stage, and cumulative results were also be shared with schools—resulting in a great way to incorporate mathematics curriculum into an arts experience.

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

Read the Duck for President teacher resource guide

Visit Duck for President's campaign website

Links:

Aug 3, 2012

2011-2012 Season Report

Letter from student who attended an OCT field trip
Letter from student who attended an OCT field trip

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

We recently concluded our 2011-2012 season of plays, and we would like to take this opportunity to update our donors on the number of children and teachers from disadvantaged schools we served during the season.

47,242 students from 443 schools attended an OCT play during the 2011-2012 season. We maintained our low ticket prices for schools (just $5.75-$7.75 per seat), and offered full and partial scholarship to schools with the greatest need. 3,612 received partial scholarships to attend, and 4,541 received full scholarships.

In addition, OCT offered 5 free professional development workshops for teachers. The workshops were designed to encourage the integration of arts learning activities into classroom lessons and to demonstrate how theater and the arts can benefit student achievement. 66 teachers attended the workshops.

Teachers were also invited to free preview performances so they could see the play and the theater prior to their field trip; helping them coordinate their trip and assisting with the integration of the play into classroom activities. 193 teachers attended free preview performances.

I’d like to share some letters from students and teachers attended an OCT field trip this year. They would not have had the opportunity to attend an OCT production without your support.

 “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.”
-3rd/4th grade teacher

“That play inspired me to start writing. That notebook you gave out at the end…I filled up the whole thing.”
-Student from Portland Adventist Elementary 

“When I could tear my eyes away from the stage, I would glance at (my students), and I saw them all watching every moment. One student with autism was thrilled that the action matched the book, and he was following every move… For me, it was as good as theater gets, and my students were captivated.”
-High school teacher from a special education classroom

 “Thank you for helping me get our small kindergarten group in to see the show; it was quite a memorable way to end our school year.”
-Teacher from Cedar Hills Kindergarten & Preschool

“It was my favorite play ever!”
-3rd grade student from Rosa Parks Elementary

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

2011-2012 Annual Report
2011-2012 Annual Report
2011-2012 Contributors
2011-2012 Contributors
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!

Links:

Feb 14, 2012

The Magic School Bus Project Report

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

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!

Links:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

donate now:

An anonymous donor is matching all new monthly recurring donations. Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $11
    give
  • $20
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $113
    give
  • $203
    give
  • $11
    each month
    give
  • $20
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $113
    each month
    give
  • $203
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Organization

Project Leader

Rachel Tusler

Portland, OR United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Theater Education for Disadvantaged Students