FORT LAUDERDALE CHILDREN'S THEATRE

Rating: 4.95 stars   107 reviews

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Location: Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre 2542B East Sunrise Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33304 USA

Mission: Teaching the art of life through the magic of theatre The theatre's goals are to: •DEVELOP the full potential of young people as members of the community •ACHIEVE the highest possible standards of theatre through artistic excellence •CELEBRATE the diversity of South Florida's population through collaboration and the arts •ENCOURAGE public appreciation of the art form while developing future audiences and patrons of the cultural arts
Programs: All programming is education based and includes: •Classes designed to provide formal theatre training and to develop self-esteem, discipline and creativity in children ages 4 to 18 years old. Classes take place at the FLCT Studio Theatre at the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale and t Young At Art Museum in Davie. •Productions provide a forum for youth and adults to create and collaborate during the main stage shows of youth performing for the public, the young repertory productions for teenage actors, and the family productions where parents, children and community leaders can audition to perform together. •Outreach Programs serve residents and visitors to Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties who would otherwise be unable to participate in programs due to financial, geographic or cultural constraints. Programs include arts infusion residency programs, festivals for the diverse multicultural South Florida audience, special appearances, family and cultural expos, etc. Two programs of note: •A BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU is a conflict-resolution and anti-bullying program in public elementary schools. •FROM PAGE TO STAGE is a literacy improvement program in elementary schools, with elementary and middle school programs being added this year.
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Rating: 5 stars  

FLCT offers wonderful classes and events. The staff is always professional. They strive to serve the children and teens in the community. They do their best to instill self-confidence in their students through proper training. They are liberal with praise while encouraging students to do their best. My 14 year old daughter has taken classes, been a cast member and crew member in various productions for the past TEN years. FLCT is a fabulous place to learn about theater in Broward County.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enrolling my children in classes. Allowing my child to audition for theater roles.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

build them a proper theater.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Very well known group in the community that has always held a high regard for their kids and productions that are always sold out. I have known many children in the program through the years and many who have pursued continuing their interest in the field due to the devotion and talent that FLCT puts together.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

from watching the group of individuals grow and mature and develop their theatrical talents

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing - they are great!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We became involved with FLCT when our youngest son was 11 and he tried out for a part in a show. He did get a part and since then, the theatre has been a family affair. Both of our sons have performed in many shows and have participated in outreach events in the community. We are so impressed with FLCT's literacy and anti-bullying programs that they designed and that they teach to at-risk kids within the school system. They never turn away any child who cannot afford their programs. Kids learn critical life skills through FLCT including tolerance, cooperation, team work, discipline and compassion. Our older son's only regret is that he didn't start with FLCT sooner!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I've seen how much love and dedication the staff has for the kids and their work. The kids gain so much confidence by being a part of the theatre.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help them expand their services and obtain a theatre of their own. They've earned it after almost 60 years of serving the south Florida community.

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Rating: 3 stars  

FLCT is a fun place to meet others who love theater! It's a great opportunity for kids to shine. The students meet lifelong friends there and go on to love the Arts for the rest of their lives. Keep the Arts alive through performing and taking classes with FLCT!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that many of their students have gone on to study theater professionally and share their love of the arts with others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help reach the goal of a new theater / rehearsal space.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Okay

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

What is unique about this organization?

They have been around a long time and have had great success with their students.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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Rating: 5 stars  

FLCT is like another family, another home! Everyone, even the teachers and directors, are amazingly nice and talented when it comes to the art of theater. The shows that they have produced (in which I have personally took part in 2 and in one right now) are SPECTACULAR!
It is simply astounding in how professional the shows look and how they are created. Everything from costumes, sets, play choices and most of all the directors and actors is so amazing that words can't describe it!
A good example is: I am now taking part in Aida, the current show. Everyone in the cast, the dancing instructor (whos super!) and the director (who is the sweetest lady I have ever met) treats everyone like family. We had alot of group discussions which game everyone a basic gist on whats going on in their cast members lives and beliefs, therefore creating a stronger relationship. The show so far is (of course) amazing so far (its currently in rehearsal) from the actors and their voices to the thrilling choreography!
So is you have the time, come see the show or even check out FLCT yourself! It is an experience you'll never forget!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

shows and rehearsals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing since its pretty much perfect!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been involved with FLCT for many years. She has taken classes, acted in plays and worked as a crew member in a variety of shows. She has learned many life skills through FLCT including public speaking, team work, time management and memorization. It is a great organization run by professional and caring staff. The group of kids are friendly, funny, talented.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through my child's self confidence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like to have it's own theatre at Galleria

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the honor of working with Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre as a professional consultant for 2 years. I was amazed that they were 49 years old at that time, but in no time at all, I clearly understood how this organization was able to celebrate so many years.

The staff and board of directors' dedication and commitment exceeds the majority of organizations I have been affiliated with. The leadership and direction by Janet Erlick is A+++++.

The students love their classes, performances and social interaction. I witnessed so much growth and maturity by these young people.

I will forever be a strong supporter of Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Community Relations

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding for more programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was part of FLCT for many years. FLCT created a world for my young minds to dream and be inspired. The staff supported and cultivated my imagination, and more importantly, skills that make me who I am today.

The most important take-away from all involved is the learning experience and environment provided at FLCT. It's much more than memorizing lines and creating props: it's learning of process of an entire production, adaption of history in some cases, and holding oneself accountable.

This is an organization where children and young adults from all walks of life can come together and learn from one another in ways many camps and classes can not provide. A truly unique craft takes place here, through the people involved and the art they create, both tangible and intangible.

Nothing can replace my experience with FLCT, and I have hunch many others, kids and adults alike, can say the same.

-Lindsey Interlandi, 23

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives that walk away changed and the changes those lives partake in their chosen industry or careers. I have also experienced results in myself. Having the capability to stand in front of hundreds of people and not falter, to support creativity and unique ability in all forms, to hold the ability of project management at such a young age, and so much more.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would provide a integrated marketing communications campaign that would run regionally (in the Broward County area) and virally so any current or potential stakeholders could be aware of such a gem in south Florida.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

These kids really put on great shows! The costumes and sets are very professional. The actors have a lot of talent. And, the shows are always a lot of fun. The theater's location in the Galleria is perfect for dinner and a show. Makes for a great date night.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I know several of the students and I've watched them grow into responsible adults.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been in four flct productions. It has always been a fun, positive environment that I recommend for kids of all ages.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son had a great time surrounded by wonderful people and enjoyed performing for the sick children at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change anything

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