Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre

Rating: 4.95 stars   107 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

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  

I love seeing all the kids grow up here, it is truly a place for children to express themselves. I would recommend this organization to many parents.

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

everyday life

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

nothing, its perfect

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!!

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

I've personally experienced this group by being a volunteer on numerous productions and teaching capacities and I myself have performed and it was astounding my development from a self confidence standpoint as well as my ability to accept so many different personalities without judgment. This extends to everyones attitude within this group and their support of each other.

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

The only change I would wish is to make them more visible to a wider audience. Sometimes the title of the group is perceived by people as some run of the mill childrens group putting on plays. FLCT is so much more than that. These are professional productions almost fully run by the kids involved. i wish the whole world knew about this group.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

greater advertising to reach more of an audience

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

improved my self confidence, showed me I had nothing to fear on stage, opened my eyes to the world of the arts so much more than i ever would have seen without my son's initial involvement with FLCT.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

fantastic!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

All of their performances. They work so hard to entertain their audience, and in the kids that enjoy performing.

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

Give them more of a budget to work with. They could give kids who can't afford to perform scholorships so they canhave fun there too.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

in many ways.

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

I would offer more classes

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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: 5 stars  

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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!

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

My children have all blossomed under the tutelage of FLCT, going from shy children to teenagers who have no problem with public speaking.

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

Give them a million dollars to build their own theater space!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

My son's growth and development as well as other children that we have know through the years. I made lasting friendships and the support of an incredible community of people.

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

Grant them a theatre of their own so that they could expand their much needed hand over a state so sorely lacking in funding for the arts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

the way that a see a change in everyone who participates. The people who attend grow as human beings every single day. It is the most amazing thing to watch and be a part of.

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

keep them around forever and PERSONALLY build them a new theatre.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

I have watched my daughter flourish. For years, she would only work behind the scenes working crew. Although the work behind the scenes is as important as the work on the stage, I felt like she had talent that she wasn't sharing and she was holding back. I am sure it was because of the confidence building nature of FLCT -- no pressure, just affirmation -- that she recently performed a solo that brought tears to my eyes. My daughter is so comfortable in her own skin and I have FLCT to thank for that.

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

help with the building of a new theater.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

The real results come from seeing the children grow into mature, caring people. Many FLCT students go on to careers in the arts, but all of them learn to appreciate and love performing arts. It's a huge win for the entire community.

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

get more people involved!

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