Theater Education for Disadvantaged Students

by Oregon Children's Theatre
May 18, 2011

May Educational Report

Thank you for supporting Oregon Children’s Theatre!

Since we last reported on our theater educational services for Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and Fly, we’ve produced two additional shows: On the Eve of Friday Morning and How I Became a Pirate.

On the Eve of Friday Morning is a new play that celebrates the universal values of kindness and generosity while weaving stories from Ancient Persia and modern Iran. How I Became a Pirate is a rollicking fun musical; The Oregonian wrote: "this hourlong adventure, filled with hearty singing, lively choreography, a handful of jokes for the adult...might make anyone else long to fly the Jolly Roger for at least a little while."

More than 14,500 students from 195 schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington attended a school performance of On the Eve of Friday Morning or How I Became a Pirate. OCT provided full scholarships to 1,544 students and partial scholarships to 854 students.

One group that OCT provided with free tickets is the Parry Center, a non-profit organization that provides residential care, community-based programs, and mentoring to children with their mental and behavioral health challenges. The “Pirates of Parry Center” wrote to OCT:

“Thank you all so much for scholarship tickets to your wonderful production of How I Became a Pirate. I don’t think we would have been able to participate otherwise, and our students very much need experiences like this.”

A second grade teacher who attended the production wrote:

“My class saw the play today and I was DELIGHTED!!! Best play I've ever taken students to...and I've taught for 31 years! Thanks for a wonderfully fun experience! Hats off to all the performers and the wonderful staff that greeted us, seated us.....even helped us park the bus! I will never go anywhere else!”

A fourth grade student who attended On the Eve of Friday Morning wrote a letter to one of the characters:

“Dear Nassrin,
You are my favorite character in the play because you used your heart. And I felt like I was there when it happened in real life.”

Oregon Children's Theatre also provided an array of free resources for teachers in conjunction with On the Eve of Friday Morning and How I Became a Pirate; OCT provided every teacher with the opportunity to attend a free preview performance before attending with their classes, as well as resource guides to directly connect On the Eve of Friday Morning and How I Became a Pirate to required curriculum across an array of subjects and grades.

Please feel free to contact us if we can provide any additional information about Oregon Children's Theatre and the programs you're helping support.

Thank you!



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Oregon Children's Theatre

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Oregon Children's Theatre
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Ruben Fonseca
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