Theater Education for Disadvantaged Students

by Oregon Children's Theatre
Nov 24, 2010

Alice and Wonderland Educational Report

Students line up outside the theater
Students line up outside the theater

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.



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Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Ruben Fonseca
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