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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

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.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I began as a parent at this organization about 10 years ago when my eldest son was having problems with bullies at school. He hated sports and needed another outlet for his creative energy. I was so thankful to find FLCT all those years ago when I saw my son blossom before my eyes taking to the stage in wonderful productions and blowing everyone away with his improvisational comedic skills. He will be turning 21 soon, and is now the leader of the his University's improv and sketch comedy groups. My other 2 children have also thrived there as well. Our family has been so positively impacted by this organization that both my husband and myself have served on the Board of Trustees at one time or another to ensure that this wonderful Theater will continue to impact the lives of children far into the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My three children have "moved through the ranks" at FLCT, having participated both behind the scenes and on stage for many productions over the last six years. They had forged strong, lasting friendships. My oldest son, now in college, still stays in close contact with his FLCT family and even performs in "reunion shows" with other graduated students over school breaks. The positive experiences that my children have had here will last them a lifetime!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Let me see....Logan I believe was 6 and he discovered acting....Theater to be more specific...shortly there after he started taking classes with FLCT and the rest is history...someday Logan WILL be on Broadway and so much of his development and growth is attributed to this wonderful group of kids, teachers, and performers. I myself was involved in some performances and the impact on the lives of these kids and the community is tremendous...My older sons became involved in performing as well as behind the scenes activities. i could go on and on about so many individuals that have inspired not only my kids but so many talented kids that have been afforded the opportunity to display their immense talents and artistry in such a positive and confidence building environment. FLCT is a family that supports each other and promotes the arts so unflinchingly. They do community outreaches that help to educate and teach kids through performances. These efforts always incorporate the kids that are part of FLCT, so that it instills that feeling of selflessness and the spirit of giving within these performers. I would'nt trade the experiences my kids and I have had with FLCT for anything. Please support the arts and your local children's theaters. There is such an untapped abundance of young talent that performing arts provides the confidence to express themselves and grow into loving, caring, and inspirational adults. It can only improve the quality of our society as a whole!!!

Review from Guidestar

Dakota M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fort Lauderdale Childrens Theatre is a source of fun, support, and you can learn a lot from them as well, especially if your goal is to go all the way to Broadway or hollywood. It's EXTREMELY fun and you can get service hours as well doing plays.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre offers so many wonderful aspects to the enhancement of childrens' lives. They have many talented staff members who understand children and are able to treat the child as an individual and also as a group. Their productions are wonderful and exciting. It truly is a wonderful asset to my child.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a former board member and volunteer coordinator for FLCT, but prior to that, I was a parent with a child who benefitted greatly from his involvement and where our love affair with this organization began.
FLCT is unique in that it brings quality theatre to the masses in Broward County, Florida. FLCT's productions are often breathtaking with gorgeous sets, talented actors, professional costumes but they are always, always magical due to the fact that the magic is made by children and their families both onstage and behind the scenes. FLCT's staff is committed to the whole child, developing their skill but more importantly, guiding them in living lives as true artists with leadership, compassion and imagination. I would and always do recommend everyone to bring their children to a production and to the classes as well.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre (FLCT) is a place for family. Not only can one participate in aesthetic aspect of putting on a show that could go one-on-one with a Broadway production, they make you feel welcome and like you have a place. A meaning. It is at FLCT that I learned that being myself and expressing myself will take me a long way! I have friends that I will honestly keep for the rest of my life. I've never been to a more amazing place, a second home, in my life. FLCT has changed the lives of tens of thousand of children and adults throughout their 59 years of existence, and I'm one of them. I've never been happier to be a statistic.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We moved to Florida when my daughter was 8 years old. It was very hard on her -- having to leave the only school she'd ever know, leaving friends and leaving family. I prayed for something that would make her feel like this was her new home and she belonged here. Her passion had always been singing and "putting on performances" and magically, we found FLCT. I say magically because that's what FLCT is -- it's magical. Children of many ages working together toward a common goal. The older "veterans" mentoring and nurturing the younger ones. A place where everyone matters -- regardless of race, ethnicity, body type, level of talent or income bracket. A place where children can be themselves and they are not under pressure to be anyone else. A place that is a family and every member is loved and valued. Oh, and of course, the Magical Productions>
In a world where children often have a time fitting in, because of peer pressure and judgmental people, FLCT teaches them the importance of their individuality while teaching respect for others and the community. The Outreach Program furthers their reach and impacts many lives in the under-served populations in the community with anti-bullying programs, literacy programs and more. They also offer scholarships to children who otherwise would not be able to attend classes or summer camps.
Fort Lauderdale "Children's" Theater is just that -- the Children's theater.....the safe and positive place where kids grow to become better people in a world where you can't have enough better people.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has been involved in FLCT for well over a decade, starting with our daughter Abby, now in college, when she was 5 years old in "Jellybean" camp. Our second daughter, Beth, caught the bug and has participated in many shows over the years. Her most recent experiences as a member of the new Sound Wave show choir and stage manager of the winter mainstage production have turned her into a strong, confident young woman.
I can't say enough good things about this phenomenal arts organziation, its respect for children and families and its very special place in our hearts.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has been involved with FLCT for many years. It started with our son, Ryan, who auditioned for his first play "Alice in Wonderland". Our daughter, Samee, also became interested in FLCT and performed on stage but also enjoyed the behind the scenes work of putting on the shows. Both my husband and I have also been in summer productions. One of the many wonderful things about FLCT...is that it is an experience the whole family can enjoy together.

One of the things our family has learned over the years is that...there are no small roles...everyone, no matter how big or small the part...is vital for a successful show. Being a part...no matter how small...of a production is something to take pride in and work hard and enjoy.

But it is not all about the perforamances...FLCT helps students do better in school and even was instrumental in helping our son select the perfect college. FLCT students learn how to volunteer, organize, create and become friends...with relationships bridging age groups. The older students are looked up to by the younger ones and an informal mentoring program helps keep students on track at the theatre and in their everyday lives.

Our family has loved all of our time spent with FLCT...from building sets, working boxoffice, acting, moving sets, dancing...you name it...but most of all we are very grateful for the dedicated staff who take every opportunity to make each and every child feel special and each family to find some special times together that they will remember forever. Thanks to all involved for being such a great influence on our whole family.

Review from Guidestar