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  

My child has been a part of the FLCT family for seven years. The theatre is very welcoming and accepting off ALL children and this is very important. It doesn't matter if your child likes being on stage or behind the scenes; the staff helps them tap into their talents and finds innovative ways of nurturing those talents.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My children have participated in several of FLCT's productions. They have learned so much about theatre...from lighting,sound,costumes,song,dance, commitment, and even fundraising:). They have made amazing friendships...FLCT is a place they can feel safe to be who they are and express what they feel.
The staff is warm,approachable,resourceful and professional. Our family is proud to be a part of the FLCT family...

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

my children have blossomed. They have become more self-confident and outgoing. they have learned so much about theatre life. They have learned about classic theatre plays, characters and familiarized themselves with classic songs from these productions. A very enriching experience~~~

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

play in larger venues/ more shows per production. They kids are so great at what they do:)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was barely 5 years old when I participated in my first theatre production . I loved every aspect of it, and continued to do shows whenever I got the opportunity. But in 8th grade, I made new "friends" that would look down on my acting career and try to convince me it wasn't the "cool" thing to do. Not knowing how to react, I started taking all the wrong turns in life. I would do things I knew were bad for me just to "fit in." By the end of my freshmen year, I was worn out, tired, and depressed. My grades were awful, and I couldn't even recognize myself in pictures anymore. I had taken a turn for the worst and I knew I needed to make a change.

That summer, I found the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre (FLCT) and auditioned for a production there, without telling any of my old "friends". I got cast, & by the end of the summer, I could slowly feel myself starting to get a grip on my life again. So I auditioned for the next FLCT production, this time just with kids ages 13-18. I was shocked after the first day: there was no fighting, no peer pressure, and people actually wanted to get to know me. I stopped hanging out with my old, bad influence friends, and started hanging out with kids from the theatre. They took me under their wings, and never gave up on me no matter what. Simple put: they gave me back that spark that I needed to live. They reminded me that I had talent; that I was worth something.

Fast Forward: I'm a senior in high school. I am in the advanced audition-only choir, and I will be the first girl ever at my high school to attend all four years of Thespian Districts and States. I have participated in 12 FLCT shows, and am currently cast/in rehearsals for my 13th show, and am planning on auditioning for my last Mainstage show in March. In May, I will be graduating from high school with a Bright Futures scholarship, +1000 service hours, a thespian honors chord, and I was just offered early admission to the Theatre program at FAU, where I will hopefully be pursuing my B.F.A. in Theatre.

All of this, is thanks to the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre. Without them, I don't know where I would be today. They changed my life for the better, and shaped me into the person that I am today. I am constantly reminded by the loving, caring, wonderful FLCT staff that I have potential. They will do anything and everything they can to make you feel accepted and wanted. Whenever I get frustrated and feel like giving up, they give me that tough-love that I need to succeed. They are constantly checking up on you and making sure that everything is going okay in your life. They really, truly do care about their students.

Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre is constantly giving back to it's community. They offer outreach & anti-bullying programs, classes for all ages, mainstage and young rep. shows, summer camp programs, and plenty of other opportunities to get involved in the ARTS. Despite the horrendous amount of budget cuts the Arts in South Florida have experienced recently, FLCT still offers scholarships to students whose parents have been effected by the economy or who just can't afford classes anymore.

Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre will forever be in my heart. I plan to continue to be involved with them in anyway I can for a very long time. One of my dreams is that in a couple of years from now, I will be able to walk through the doors of a brand new theatre built just for the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, and enroll my future children into classes.

Parents constantly comes up to me to tell me how much there kids look up to me as a person and how much they appreciate me for being such a great role model, and every time they do, I'm reminded of how different my life is now to what it was before i started the theatre.
The Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre gave me my life back.

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

everyday life.

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

find someone with a big enough heart (and bank account) to help build us a new theatre.

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started going to FLCT when I was in the seventh grade and to be honest I'm not sure where I would be without it. Not only did the program help me to realize my career path as a comedian, but it gave me the social skills I needed to become a well adjusted member of society. Something I definitely wasn't getting from my hours at school. I've seen FLCT give kids the confidence they need to make active choices and take leadership roles in other parts of their lives. It's an oasis of creative goodness that's been serving the community for over 50 years!

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After graduating high school I went on to be a theater major in college. The obvious connection is that the theater gave me the training to pursue theater as a career. But even more than this, the theater gave me the confidence, public speaking skills and leadership to start my own company, follow my dreams to Los Angeles and build friendships wherever my travels take me.

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

If I had to make changes I would build them a new space so that their equipment matched their classes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We started small at the Children's Theatre with just one class a week. We were just going to "check it out". That was 4 years ago. Now it's a part of our lives and we are so blessed for that. The acting classes, the dance classes and the shows are all top notch but the lessons my daughter has learned are more valuable than anything. She has learned to teach the younger kids and be a good example for them to follow. She has also learned from the older kids and respects their talents. She has made life long friends. She has watched and grown from the influence of the staff. The staff is wonderful. They care so much for the kids and the art. Since they are always encouraging original thoughts and ideas, it pushes her to imagine and share her ideas to get things accomplished. She has no issues with getting in front of her class at school or the entire school for that matter to present a project or run for student council. The confidence she has developed because of the classes and shows at FLCT is a life changing experience for her. This is something that will follow her forever.

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

every part of our daughters life.

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

make it closer to my house. lol

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been taking classes and performing in shows at the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre for over 6 years now. The things I have learned over the years have made me who I am today. Although I don't want to pursue a career in acting, I know that the confidence, the time management skills, and the other skills I have gained will help me in whatever I choose to do with my future. Not only have a learned so much over the years at FLCT, but I have formed a second family. Everyone is free to be themselves and will be accepted as who they are. The friends I have made will last a lifetime.

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

learning skills and making friends that will last me a lifetime.

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

Have more money donated to them so they can help thousands of more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough good things about FLCT. My daughter has been involved with FLCT for 8 years. Not only has she been able to do what she loves (sing, act), she has learned valuable communication skills. She has also learned valuable skills in the area of conflict resolution, something many children are lacking in this technological age.

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

My daughter 's improved ability to relate and communicate with her peers.

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

find more funding for such a valuable organization

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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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Fort Lauderdale children's theater is a wonderful organization that creates opportunities and touches many. The children who participate in the plays as actors, stagehands, makeup crew, and lighting crews learn so much about the process and teamwork that makes a successful production. The plays I have seen show that there is so much effort and care that goes into every aspect of the plays. Pirates of Penzance, Cinderella, and Pippin were just some of the great shows that I have seen. I love that children of all ages are included in the plays and they all have a great time.
As a former actor who participated at the theater, I know that the experience is a great opportunuty to explore the arts and build confidence.

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

My experience at the theater as a former actor gave me an oportunity to meet others with the same interests. As a patron, I see that the theater is still making a great diiference in the commmunity by offering the arts to children and their family and friends.

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

If there were anything I could change for the theater, I would expand the donation pool and build another performance theater for the children.

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