Theater Education for Disadvantaged Students

by Oregon Children's Theatre
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

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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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