December 1, 2012
The Schenectady Theatre for Children is a well established not for profit theater company deedicated to bringing the Arts to school-aged children and the community at large. This group has been enriching the Capital District of NY for over 40 years. It began primarily as a small trouping theater company that would go to the area schools and perform plays for their entertainment and ecucation. This aspect of STC remains to htis day, but it has become so much more. STC has helped beginning playwright's works to be produced and presented to hundreds of school children and others, It has also opened up it's casting calls over the last decade to home-schooled children, fullfilling a need for "extra-curricular" activities while also supplementing their education with public speaking, history, English, language arts, art, and many personal skills such as responsibility, punctuality, reliabilty, and cooperation. The company has also increased it's outreach by performing at other venues, such as many libaries and museums, and at local shopping malls. These performances are usually scheduled during school breaks, so that other families and children may be able to attend our performances. STC has also run a two week summer thater camp in late August for the past 5 years. This is when most other summer programs have stopped teaching. It has been hugely successful, with many campers returning each summer. STC has also a fine program called the "Gret Minds" series. Professional actors portray famous people from history and give a 45 minute presentation with much audience participation, People that have been portrayed include George Gershwin, President Theodore Roosevelt, "Mother"Jones, Rachel Carson and Albert Einstein. The Schenectady Theater for Children is also developing new programs for community outreach. The "My First Theater" class will be for young ones who have never acted before, with the focus being on creative play and imagination, developing beginning acting skills and self-confidence. It has been my personal plleasure to work with the Schenectady Theatre for Children continuously since January 2001. I had begun my relationship with this group in the 80s with a 2 semester internship through my college theater class. (Another amazing outreach!) Since then, I have directed several plays, acted, built props, designed and built costumes, applied make-up, built 2 haunted houses and have met hundreds of wonderful people through this incredible organization. Most sincerely, Scott R. Payne
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