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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

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.