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  

Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, is in its 61st year of operation and is the oldest documented children's theatre in Florida. Their year-round programs for children 3-18 include 7 professional theatre productions performed by children for children, classess in theatre arts, summer and winter break camps, and outreach programs that teach literacy and conflict resolution to at-risk children. FLCT offers many children their first experience in the arts and, in addition to appreciation for the arts, teaches them discipline, time management, leadership, character, tolerance, empathy and improvisation. It also provides an opportunity for them to forge life-long friendships while having fun. It is a safe haven for kids and a place for families to spend quality time together. I have enjoyed every minute of the 7 years I have been involved with FLCT, as has my entire family.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen how FLCT changes children's attitudes towards the world and their peers. Through the combination of education, theatre, communication, and acceptance, children learn, and are able, to mange conflict, articulate themselves, conduct themselves with confidence (not arrogance), and accept that everyone can bring something beneficial to the table.

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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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  

My children attended Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre and they have gone on to get jobs in the arts. The experience they received has been a great asset in their careers. I Have also been on the board for many years and have seen the theatre grow. It has reached out to many children in a creative and positive way.

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

FLCT has improved the lives of my kids and thousands of others, helping spread the arts to generations of South Florida families.

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

Help them raise more money to expand their amazing services.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

As a board member and Vice-Chair for 3 years, FLCT has provided me the opportunity to assist in it's future growth. Having heard wonderful things about a children's theatre 6 years ago, I enrolled my son in one of their acting classes. Since then he has been in 15 productions and has grown into an amazing talented, confident 13 year old. Seeing my son's growth was the reason I became involved. I want to be involved to make the organization grow even stronger and more successful. Fundraising, stronger classes and increased enrollment are items I see opportunites with.

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

Having the opportunity of FLCT producing a 45 minute drama, singing and dancing production for my son's Bar Mitzvah. My son made FLCT his mitzvah project and raised thousands of dollars.

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

Improve fundraising efforts, classes and branding.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre (or FLCT) is an amazing place for children who are interested in the arts. We have been around for over 60 years. The teachers are fantastic and have wonderful theater experience. And, for those who love to be on stage, FLCT offers at least four programs annually that allow kids to perform (and parents and alumni can join in the summer production).

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

in my interactions with the children.

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

help with more fundraising to give the organization a chance to grow and positively impact the lives of many more children.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My youngest son was 9 when he joined FLCT's Summer Camp. I left him with a tear in his cheek and his little hard pounding. He was a bit shy and cautious at interacting with other kids even at school. From that day on, our family started to observe a wonderful transformation. He began developing great self-confidence which grew more and more as he continues to participate at FLCT's classes and performances. He loved his improv classes and continues to the day.

Suddenly, this little kid was improving at his school work, winning poetry and speech competitions, enjoying stage performances, and becoming president of his class and of his middle school.

FLCT's Staff are a wonderful group of people who care about the well-being and development of all the kids. Most are young professionals who enjoy the interaction with the students/performers and whose ability to see through and obtain the kids’ best can surprise the kids, the parents, and even themselves.

I got involved with the Board as a Member at Large a year ago and have been helping FLCT with its strategic planning. FLCT has been hit very hard during this past economy, as is the case with other non-profit art-related organizations. Nevertheless, FLCT managed to provide full and partial scholarships to many kids whose parents could no longer afford the expense. This has been done with a lot of sacrifice and tight budget. I remain hopeful, encouraged, and committed to see FLCT grow. This institution really deserves recognition from its valuable contributions to the South Florida community.

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

My own family, as well as in many of the families who entrust their kids to such a wonderful place

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

I would like to see more volunteers and community support for the theater

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

How did you learn about this organization?

2006 Summer Program advertisement

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To provide a nurturing environment for develop students/performers' skills and love for the arts

What is its top priority in the long run?

Teaching the art of life through the magic of theater

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so thankful that our family discovered Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre several years ago. FLCT has been our second home ever since. I've always been impressed with the way the staff interacts with the children. The bar is set high because FLCT productions are top quality, yet the cast and crew always seem to surpass the one before, due to their passionate hard work and the support from staff and peers. The children benefit from interacting with various age groups, and in addition to practical performing arts skills, they learn valuable life skills such as effective communication, resilience, poise, and self-control. I am proud to be a mother of a performer, member of the audience, volunteer and board member of this incredible organization.

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

Seeing how it has contributed towards my child's growth and development and by enjoying and being entertained by its productions.

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

want it to continue to grow and thrive as it has for almost 60 years now, with support from the professional, philanthropic, and local communities.

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

How did you learn about this organization?

Email and word of mouth

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Continued funding for programming, scholarships, staff development and other needs.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Continuing to serve the involved families and community at large through quality programs and outreach efforts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My family has been involved with Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre for the past 5 years and it has changed our lives for the better. All four of us have become very involved in performing as well as volunteering in many capacities, including performing shows for disadvantaged kids, mentoring kids in summer camp, fund-raising for the literacy and anti-bullying programs and helping to market the theatre, including their outreach programs.

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

many ways. The staff are talented, motivated people who work incredibly long hours and are devoted to the kids they teach. The life skills these kids learn at the theatre are invaluable and include discipline, organization, motivation, confidence, tolerance and team work. For almost 60 years, FLCT has been like a second home for any child who wants to participate, and no child is ever turned away due to lack of funds.

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

Find them more money so they could reach more people!

 
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