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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

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

FLCt

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FLCT has changed my life for the better and I'm who I am today because of the children's theater. I have been involved for over 5 years and I have made great role models and friends. I tell everyone I meet to join the magic.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had just turned 10 when my mom enrolled me in a class at FLCT, soon after that I auditioned for my first show. Little did i know I was auditioning into a family, a life changing experience, and something that would be a part of me forever. I started to make new friends and found that FLCT was different from anywhere else. I grew as a person. I don't think they know it, but a member of the staff there has played the biggest part in my experience. They are my role model and they are there when ever i need them. One special memory in ways i would like to forget and remember at the same time is when I fought with a girl at the theater for three years, then a show came along and changed my views. We both really don't know exactly how this outcome came to be but now she is my best friend, we went from catfights...to telling each other things we don't tell any other person we know. As far as I'm concered she's my sister and we need each other to get through the good and bad. We teach each other, and the people around us not to judge others. Afterall I was the "cheerleader" and she was the average "goth" kid. I look forward to FLCT everyday, it helps me get away from my everyday life, to me its a place full of peace, where I am free to be me. When everything else seems to be falling apart, FLCT's four walls stand strong. Today Im a freshman in high school, yea im a confused 15 year old trying to figure out my life. My friends make fun of me because i am the marketing/public speaking queen. I am usually the only one to go up to random people in the mall and start telling them ways to get their kids involved.You probably think that because I love FLCT i would like to become an actress, I don't do school shows or shows at any other theater, I want to become a speech pathologist. I am ASM for our current show. I love photography and am always taking pictures of the cast/crew. I have done about 20 shows at flct(you kinda lose count), i plan on staying here throughout high school. Maybe my kids could be a part of this one day. The staff does little things around the theater, that leave a giant impact in kids hearts...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FLCT has been a very important part of my family's life. I have seen my shy cousins come out of their shells not only because of theater but because of the wonderful people involved. The plays I have seen have been phenomenal- far beyond anything you would expect from a children's theater.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a prodigous organization.
Children from all walks of life can come here to express themselves.
Hone theatre skills, gain self esteem, learn to speack in frount of crowds.
Great opportunities for volunteers and students alike.
Cheryl Wade

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this place is an amazing place to show your talent. the people are nice and i absolutely love the artistic director janet erlick shes is all you could ask for in a mentor or role model or even just someone to help you. FLCT is the place to be.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does an amazing job of motivating young people to interact as part of a group in a positive, confidence inspiring manner. The kids really get into their acting. They sing and say lines, all from memory. Their performances will blow you away! In addition to the obvious educational benefit to the children, it is clear that their hard work in preparing for performances keeps them busy and out of trouble.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been attending FLCT's productions for the past two years. There's such a treasure of talent in my own back yard that I had never known about. I can hardly wait for next play, then the next, etc. There's no way to describe the love and passion for acting that these children share with their audience. Janet has a special connection with each and every one of her students and staff. Please attend at least one of their plays and get ready to be blown away. You'll be back for more.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i began my journey with FLCT in 1996 when I was 7 years old. I came to the theatre and began taking acting classes and fell in love. I fell in love with the staff, students, and the overall atmosphere at FLCT. When I arrived at the theatre I was a very quiet and timid little girl who lacked confidence. Those who know me now can testify that I am now quite the opposite. The staff at FLCT taught me that I can do anything I want as long as I am willing to work hard and I believe in myself. The other students that I met at FLCT are still my very best friends. As a senior in college now it would be very difficult for me to think of a day that I am not in contact with several members of my FLCT family. I love everyone there with all of my heart. I have easily spent thousands of hours at the theatre working on 100 different projects and shows and I can definitely say that I can not think of any other way I would have liked to spend my time. FLCT is not for a few years... it is for life. The bonds created here are not easily broken and the life lessons learned can never be forgotten.

Review from Guidestar

Catherine R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter, Mai, who is now 34 years old, was only 12 years old when I became acquinted with the theater. She was a foster child in my care, and she was introverted. I wanted her to have a fun camp experience and learn to come out of her shell. I had no money and the therater offered her a scholarship - I will never forget what they did. Now, years later, I am an attorney in the area, and I always attend their events and donate to their causes. In fact, my youngest son and I appeared in their parent/child production a few summers ago - it was a GREAT experience!

Review from Guidestar

Jeffrey S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beyond the activities of these young men and woman, plus their mentors and advisers, enriching the community with their considerable talents, I had the pleasure of attending a small gathering with them and got to know some of them personally. I was impressed, amazed, and enchanted by their abilities and their friendliness. They are a credit to the community. Anyone who loves the theater is advised to see a show, or several, and you will feel the same way.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It all started with my family going to this magical place. My uncle Jarrod started Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater when he was very young, and made it his life. He spent every hour of every day there. He did both cast and crew there up until age 18, and still today in his 30's comes to visit. My father started Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater very young, and my uncle Jason as well. Once I was born, my grandma and uncle Jarrod led me here. I was three years old when I started the jellybean class. I was a shy little girl, who always held onto my grandma's neck and needed to be held. On day one of FLCT, the teacher at the time asked me, "Britney, do you want to try on costumes and play games with us?" I then jumped out of my grandma's arms to go play with the other kids. That was a huge breakthrough for me. I was antisocial and shy.
From three years old, I did all the shows there nonstop. During my years there, I had a tragedy in my family. I lost my mother at the age of 29. I was ten years old. I was very messed up, and needed help. I needed to know that there were people out there who cared about me, and I needed as much love as humanly possible. Janet, the executive artistic director, came with me to psychologists to help give me peace of mind, which I so desperately needed. She understood that I needed someone by my side, and she was that shoulder to cry on. I was very messed up from it, and consequently lost all of my self esteem. I felt alone and scared. It became harder for me to go on stage and perform to an audience. Everytime I felt unconfident, all the directors there pushed me pulled me out of my comfort zone and got me my confidence I needed.
Doing the improv class at FLCT gave me so much confidence and made me a better actress. Ed, the improv specialist, made it so I would willingly get up and actually be funny, in those awkward middle school years. I could be having the worst day in the world, but Ed was always able to make me laugh despite my problems at home and my depression. My grandma sent me to improv to build self confidence, and to make it so I could put myself out there without being scared of being judged or unwanted. Improv helped me to overcome all those things, and more. At age 16 now, improv is still a major part of my life.
Middle school kids are mean and love to make fun of people. 8th graders at my school loved to go and do bad things, like drinking and drugs and I never would do it with them. I was always teased and always felt like an outsider. I'm a bit of a "goth" kid, as I was labeled, and I was constantly made fun of for it. Coming to FLCT after school was like walking into another world. Kids of every ethnicity, social class, and more can all come here and be accepted. People here don't pressure you to do things you don't want to do; they push you to do the right thing at all times.
Janet has taught me a major lesson in tolerance. Me and this girl Katie, who I met at the theater couldn't stand each other. She was a cheerleader and I was the "goth" kid. We constantly teased and teased each other. During a show called "Big," Katie and I got into a huge argument, that led into a fist fight in which we broke a prop. Janet pulled us outside and told us that we needed to get along and stop fighting or we would be removed from the theater permanently. FLCT is my world and it is to Katie as well, so we apologized to the cast and crew. From then on, Katie and I have been best friends. We have sleepovers at each other's houses(including right now) and we tell each other everything. (she does ;)
FLCT has truly made me who I am today. No child is ever left behind for any reason. This amazing place excepts everyone and never judges. FLCT does outreach and Janet does "Deliver the Dream," which is such a wonderful program. They also do an Anti Bullying program at Broward schools. I don't know where I would be without FLCT, and I am so proud to say I've had the best 13 years of my life at Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater.and i love this girl...katie santoro she is my rock