TheatreReach: Bringing Books to Life is an award-winning program that takes the show on the road and brings professionally staged productions to Southern California schools. These engaging, interactive, one-hour plays adapt popular children's books that are approved by the California Dept. of Education for K-6 literature and history curriculum. Content is similar to G-rated films.
The program is designed to deepen and strengthen scholastic engagement with literature and in-school workshops. Study guides are provided to teachers in advance of each performance. Post-performance question-and-answer sessions further enrich the educational value of the experience. Related student and teacher workshops are also available.
“Theatre is the original maker-space where we explore the world in 3-D and we are teaching them personal exploration, empathy, fabrication, and storytelling so these students can voice the next big idea to our world,” said Dylan Russell, Director of Education & Outreach.
In 2018, Laguna Playhouse expanded the program to provide high school students with the workforce skills and knowledge to help them enter the growing performing arts industry in Anaheim and Orange County.
Over a period of thirteen weeks, Laguna Playhouse brings theatre professionals to high schools to provide students with hands-on training, teaching them how to produce play from start to finish. Students are instructed in the technical aspects of producing a play, such as sound, lighting, costume and set-design, and character building through research. In addition, students learn the professional aspects of theatre, including how to act on and off stage, how to audition for a role, and how to interview for professional cast and crew positions. The program trains collaborate, to communicate, to lead, to create, to question, to engage in critical thinking and product iteration.
TheatreReach offers a limited number of performances each year, and runs at full capacity, so educators are encouraged to book early. To request a live performance or find out how you can bring TheatreReach to your High School, contact Dylan Russell // firstname.lastname@example.org // 949.494.8021.
Thank you to Bobbi Cox and Terry and Toni McDonald for supporting this program for many years, and to Bank of America for its support with the workforce expansion of this program.
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Theatre Hope provides tickets, buses, workshops and meals to children at risk, disabled adults and people in recovery.
The Suzanne and James Mellor Laguna Playhouse Tribute Fund provides free tickets to young audiences 21 and under for select shows during the subscription season.