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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

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Debora Caruso K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FLCT has been unbelievable opportunity for my daughter to channel her creative zany-ness. I don't know what she would have done without it. The staff, directors, teachers are 100% focused on bringing out the best in your child. I highly recommend this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids have been In theatre for about 10 years now. Our youngest started with FLCT 3 years ago. Best decision we have ever made. He has learned so much.
They are so professional, loving, patient. They do so much for the community; they also teach the kids the importance of volunteering and giving.
FLCT is not just a theatre program, is a family

1 Amanda M.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre is amazing beyond words. My oldest daughter began classes here when she was four - and it has changed our lives! My youngest just began with the 4-5 year old classes and we will be a FLCT family for life. Their staff is incredibly supportive & kind and their teachers are brilliantly talented. Looking forward to all the years to come watching our children grow and learn here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter has been attending FLCT since she was 5, she is turning 8 next month. She has done both classes and summer camp and is currently enrolled in 2 different classes and loving them both. We love FLCT ♡

E G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Estoy feliz de ayudar a un niño el hecho de poderlo ver sonreír y saver que es de gran ayuda para los niños pobres que tanto necesitan les invito a quienes todavía no lo han hecho que apadrinen uno y vengan hacer parte de la felisidad que no tiene precio

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre has never failed to be there for me and is always there for support and to teach me! Everytime I go there i get to learn something new and I love every single second of being there! The staff is great and the magic created in this organization is unbelievable! I will always remember everything i learned there, whether it be being a performer or just a normal kid!

Sharon58

Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone who was raised in the theatre, I was thrilled when my daughter wanted to start performing, but I knew that it can sometimes be a very competitive and cold environment (which she had already experienced in other places.) When she got to FLCT, we were amazed at the fantastic atmosphere that is created for all of the children there. Not only do they learn a great deal through all of their experiences, but the environment is such a positive one for each and every child. They do learn what it is like to be in a professional theatre environment, but they are nurtured in a way that they feel safe and secure, not "competitive," which is so rare. We feel that FLCT is a family, where new family members are always welcomed in with open arms, and my daughter couldn't imagine a life without it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter became involved in FLCT this past summer. Not only did we find everyone involved to be welcoming and inclusive with the "new kid," but she has learned so much from the professionals at FLCT in the short time she's been there! FLCT has truly given my daughter a place to belong, because everyone there is so supportive. This environment is not easy to find, especially in school, and we are grateful to have become involved!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has changed my life from when I first discovered it 7 years ago. It has given me unmatchable knowledge about the theatre and has truly opened my eyes about performing arts. Every person who has been through their program flourishes as an individual and performer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 14 year-old daughter participated in a performance camp this past summer and absolutely fell in love with the organization. The loving approach towards the children, the focus on community and giving back was something that struck both her and our family. We have been attending FLCT productions for awhile now and are so excited to be getting more involved both as performers and volunteers to help the program in any way we can..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son attended FLCT as a child, and he is now in his senior year of college as a theatre major. I recently had the pleasure of working in the office, so I have first-hand experience of what goes on "behind the scenes." Janet is a truly dedicated director/educator. This reflects in the positive energy of all the FLCT teachers and staff. I regularly attend the shows--from costumes to set designs to performances, they are always stellar!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fort Lauderdale Children theatre has been only a positive & enriching experience since the fall of 2oo9.We actually discover the theatre existed by attending the show "les Miserables"in Hollywood playhouse,because,this Victor Hugo`s story is so dear to me being French,i wanted my kids to be exposed to some of my culture.I was literally overwhelmed by the talents of those kids,the details of the costumes and the professionalism of the whole play,keeping in the mind that they all were kids from 8 to 18.That show made it for our family.Since that I can honestly say thar Flct has bee our adoptive family,for the last 4 years .They learn.they grow .and have a great time doing shows after shows.The only struggle we have is to combine the daily homework & the rehearsals,but i guess it is a small price to pay if you want to follow dreams....Sylvie Anidjar.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre is a nonprofit youth arts organization that has had a profoundly positive effect on my family. The interactive learning environment encourages participation from young children to young adults with many programs that develop and promote the arts, primarily the theatrical arts. All levels of talent, experience and interest are given the opportunity to be involved from beginner to gifted performers, as well as all other facets of live production. The FLCT has promoted and given all members of my family increased confidence, awareness of many different plays from Shakespeare to Disney, and brought us closer as a family as we share the magic of the arts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, Tara, has been an FLCT kid since she was five years old. At age 15, she wants to spend all of her time there. The training she has received enabled her to land the starring role in her middle school play last year. She has just blossomed there. It is the most professional and well-done theatrical program for young people in South Florida. She has learned so much and gained life-long friendships. To see her so happy is just an extra blessing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 8 year old son has flourished since being introduced to Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre two years ago. He is treated like family by staff and other students. He gets very excited with any involvement at the theatre. His confidence has increased. I am sure he is making life long friends.

Last summer when he was going through a very difficult time the staff had open communication with me and offered a great deal of support. He views them as an extended family. He loves every moment he is there. It is such a great experience for a parent to be witness to this.

There is no discrimination here and all the children are treated firm, fair and consistent. And they all have a really great time. Even my 6 years old plans to attend the summer camp next year because he said the actors looked like they were having such a great time.

1 Elan H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to FLCT not knowing anyone. It didn't take long before I was calling it my second home. The atmosphere, students and staff are just so unbelievably friendly that you literally feel like family the moment you walk in. They are an inspiration to me and my college career, without FLCT I would not be the person I am today, and I would not have as much experience and knowledge in theatre as I do now. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to explore theatre, I just wish I would have found them before my senior year of high school!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FLCT has changed my life in ways you wouldn't believe. I would not be the person I am today without the family I've joined over the last few years. Ever since I started over at the theatre, I just couldn't help but keep coming back. It's been an incredible learning experience.

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.

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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...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best place ever for kids to spend time, grow and gain confidence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ft. Lauderdale Children's Theatre has brought my children the confidence and self esteem any parent could wish for thier child!!! The staff is amazing, they are the type of people I want to be role models for my kids.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first became involved with FLCT in 2010 when one of the adjunct directors created the Glee Show Choir: Sound Wave. I had never heard of the theater until then and had no idea what to expect. I was astounded at the talent present within the organization, in the teachers, directors, and students. But what surprised me the most was the dedication shown by everyone involved: there are no cliques, there is very little drama (the bad drama). It is truly a safe place where students can grow and develop, and learn to express themselves.

Lauren35

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a teenager that Loves theater. FLCT (Ft.Lauderdale's children's theater) is a perfect outlet for anyone of any age that feels as strongly as I do for the performing arts. Extremely recommended :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre (FLCT) for a year now. It has been the best year of my life. Not only have I met friends that will last a life time, but I've also grown as a person. The experts at FLCT truly care about every student who enters their doors. I first came to FLCT looking to do a play, but it was a pleasant surprise when I walked out with a new family. Not only are the plays/musicals that they put on amazing, but it gets the whole family involved in theatre (with the family show in the summer). I would recommend FLCT to anyone I meet!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the children's theater and I was beyond blown away with the level of expertise and the friendliness of everyone, i was in a show with them this year and by the end of the first rehearsal, i had so many friends and i was so happy. I made so many friends and even a crush. This place changed my life and I will return.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Rachel K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Fort Lauderle Children's Theater changes people's lives. They bring the beauty and wonder that theater offers into the lives ofchildren and their families. Their shows are amazing and are a wonderful expierence to be apart of. I suggest tryng it to everyone I now. I love it there alng with many others.

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well, in many ways working with Florida Children Theatre(FLCT) has been like a blessing. FLCT is how and where I discovered I had a love for acting. FLCT took me under there wing and I never once looked backed. And to think I only found them a few months ago; to them I whole many thanks. The environment is fun, laid back, determined, and hardworking. FLCT is like a family. Though I have been there for less then four months I am proud and honored to say that I have loved and cherished every moment with this organization and cling to the little time I maybe or may not have left with them.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

FLCT is an amazing organization, it is honestly like a home away from home for everyone who goes there. It's a place where you are accepted no matter who you are not to mention the staff are so talented and caring. The quality of the productions they put on is always great, despite the fact that the cast and crew is made up of children and there is never the necessary amount of funding. By far one of my favorite places in the world.

Review from Guidestar

Ryan C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This wonderful place taught me how to grow up through art, and music and culture. I will treasure the friends i made and the lessons I learned at flct in a special place in my heart.

Ryan carr
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Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've participated in lots of shows over the past 9 years at FLCT. I love the people and the experience so much! FLCT is amazing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre is a five star organization that not only provides children with an opportunity to express themselves and develop their talent, it also helps children build their confidence and self-esteem in a loving, safe and supportive environment. FLCT has been a shining star in the community for more than 50 years. They have touched many lives and no doubt saved a few as well through their anti-bullying campaign. Two thumbs up!

Review from Guidestar