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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a student at FLCT for almost 6 years. It is one big family and like a 2nd home for most students. It such a loving, caring, and amazing environment. The teachers and students are friends who you will have forever. I joined FLCT when I first moved to Florida, it was the first thing to make me smile in a long time. All the students are great friends and no matter who you are, you will always fit in. FLCT is filled with the most loving group of people ou will ever find anywhere. The older kids act a mentors for the younger students. Whether you are cast, crew, or any part of a production this group will make you feel safe and at home. Everyone there always has your back and is the best support system you can find anywhere. No matter what life hits us with, your FLCT family will always get you through.
Not only has FLCT taught me so much about theater, but it has taught me how to be a good person. It has given me the confidence to do things I never dreamed of doing. FLCT is the best thing that happened to me in a long time.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love FLCT! I've been doing shows there for 10 years and it's the best.

Aida is going to be absolutely amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fort Lauderdale Childrens Theatre is honestly the best theatre i've had the pleasure of working with and watching perform. I only took a couple classes there but they welcomed me with open arms and I quickly became apart of the FLCT family. The instructors are great and everyone gets along. Its a great place for children to make friends and builds so many skills necessary for life. Theatre has impacted my life so much and I believe its important for everyone to get that experience.
Beside taking classes, the performances that the Fort Lauderdale Childrens Theatre put together are fantastic! Anything with the FLCT tag is going to be a great show, hands down. I definitely love this place and recommend taking a class, or sending your kids to take classes, or see there shows. You will not regret it.

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Casey M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fort Lauderdale Childrens Theatre has helped me grow so much, not only as a performer, but as a person.
When I first started go to FLCT, I felt as if I was already included into the family. That's what FLCT is, a family. ALL of the kids and also the instructors get along so well it's crazy. We all love each other and support all the decisions and struggles we go through in our lives.
Whether you are a lead in a big production number or a member of the ensemble, they always make sure and you always feel like you have one of the most important roles. FLCT has helped me grow and figure out my strong points and talents and also help me work on my weaker points. It also has helped me to be more outgoing and outside-the-box when interacting with others.
What I also really like is the intimacy and range of all the students. There are children younger than six all the way up to seniors in high school. It has a sense of one-ness that I can't find at any other performing arts theatres.
You always are finding yourself trying to be involved as much as possible there because the environment is so warm and inviting. It is like a utopian bubble that we all want to be apart of.

I am PROUD to say that I am a student at FLCT.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre is more than an after school activity to me, its home. A home should be a place in which people are welcome to be who they truly are. Compared to my school enviorment where kids are afraid to express their feelings and focusing time and energy on fitting into the role of the cookie-cutter popular kid, FLCT is a place where everyone has to ability to be free. No one cares what you look like, or if you act crazy, they just care if you are enjoying yourself. In my past 10 years at Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre I have found it hard not to enjoy myself. The enviorment at Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre is therapudic. Even if I was having the worst day, everyone could cheer me up. Everyone here is so determined and hard working, it is great to be surrounded by people who are so passionate about something.

At my school I have always been considered odd. So, in the past year, I just stopped really talking. I kept myself from expressing how I feel when conversing with others. Instead of being my crazy self, I was forced into this bland person. All of the boys and girls are all so similar. Their personalities: dry/hurtful humor, not getting too excited about anything. Their looks: boys- hair perfectly buzzed, gym shorts, black Nikes. girls- shoulder length straight hair. If the hair is brown it should have artificial light highlights, if it is blonde it should have darker strands dyed in. Everyone was just the same person. If one person said "I like pepperoni pizza" everyone likes pepperoni pizza. Thats what attracts me and so many others to FLCT everyone is different. But, everyone's differences make each person unique and special.

FLCT is an escape in which children of practically any age are able to free themselves from the dull robots from school, and be the person in which they yearn to be.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been attending th Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre since the summer of 2006. I can honestly say that these past few years wouldn't have been as put together if I wasn't in the company of my FLCT family. By family, I mean it in the best sense possible. It truly is like a family at FLCT. Everyone loves everyone.. even when they're mad at each other. FLCT has shaped me into the young woman that I am. Without it I wouldn't be as outgoing, I wouldn't have memories to last a lifetime, and my family would be limited to those in my household. FLCT is a truly amazing organization and I wouldn't know what to do with myself if it were to ever go away. FLCT incorporates singing, acting, dancing, you name it, into an amazing production with elaborate costumes and sets. Along with the family aspect, you also have to professional air. FLCT is life-changing and I will never be the same.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FLCT has become possibly one of the biggest factors that shaped me into who I am today.

I've been going for three years now, and I have completely evolved in my acting, the way i see myself, my confidence, and the people I surround myself with. I used to be extremely shy when it came to performing, but with all the help and comfort that FLCT supplied me, I grew out of it.

The kids and staff that go to FLCT are some of the sweetest, most accepting, genuine people i've ever met. We all have problems and things going on in our outside lives, but it doesn't seem to matter when we get into the FLCT environment.

I've been pretty busy with school things lately to be as involved with FLCT as much as I wish I was, but still i come to see all the shows and go to the events they hold. There is always a way for FLCT to draw me back.

Not only that, but the shows are phenomenal for such a young age (Ex. A Midsummer Nights Dream).

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Alexa O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best theatre company I have ever worked with!!! They simply make theatre fun. If you have never given a thought to acting they will pull you in and if you are a thespian already they will keep you hooked. I

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was around 6 when I started my first play at FLCT, Sleeping Beauty. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My love of theatre and FLCT started the first day I stepped into the Parker Playhouse. It has taught me life lessons the are necessary to go on with my future. It has created bonds with friends that will last a lifetime and I never want to part from it. I LOVE YOU FLCT!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

If I ever have to give an acceptance speech for an award I've won, FLCT will be the first thing I thank. Not just because of the skills I've learned, but because they, as much as anyone, deserve the credit for who I am and for that I will be eternally grateful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in my first FLCT show at age 8 as Nate in Nate the Great. I was a small child who knew nothing about the world of theater and where my place was in it. For the past 7 years I have learned, grown, and not only found my place, but found my family at FLCT. I attribute finding my passion and future to my family at FLCT. All I can hope is that others can find a love for theater like I have found, and have a great time doing it.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FLCT is a lot of fun and i love hanging out there with all my friends!

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My familiy has been a part of the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre for several years now. I got involved in the theater in High School after I was injured and couldn't participate in sports. The theater provided me with a creative and productive use of my time and energy at first, expanding my horizons artistically. But I soon found that it is more than just a community theatre. It's a place for camaraderie, for community and for culture. Every member of the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, staff, student, volunteer and family members dedicate 110% to their involvement with the Theatre, everyone falls in love with the place once they have experienced it.

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Stephanie M

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up watching Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre performances, but I never became involved in a production until my senior year of high school. All I can say is that I wish I had started earlier, but I'm so glad I became a part of it in general. It becomes like a second family. Everyone involved is so welcoming and genuine, and I have met people here that I know I will be friends with for the rest of my life. This theatre is a truly amazing thing, and I hope it keeps flourishing and growing like it always has.

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Lauren F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up at the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre and cannot begin to put into words how eternally grateful I am for this organization. FLCT has taught me many lessons, and provided me the opportunity to participate in experiences that have shaped who I am today. The Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre is one of the most loving and positive environments that I have ever been placed in. FLCT is not only somewhere kids can go to dance, sing, and act (etc), but a safe place where self expression is valued and encouraged. In the last 12 years I have been a student and volunteer at FLCT, and each position has been equally rewarding. As a camp counselor last summer I got to witness first hand the impact that FLCT has in the lives of children throughout the community. Over the years FLCT has become a second family to me and many of the other students. The staff at FLCT is nothing short of amazing, they are involved and committed to making the organization the best it can be. They maintain a level of professionalism and hold their students to high standards, which fosters the growth and development of many of the young actors at FLCT. The productions at FLCT are top notch, which is no shock due to the mixture of extraordinarily talented young performers and the educated staff. The Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre is truly one of a kind, and I am honored to be a part of what they do there. I hope that FLCT will be able to continue the programming and the countless other great things they do for many years to come. I love FLCT

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Lauren H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a part of the FLCT family since 1988 and have never let go. When I was too old to be a part of their incredible performances, i stuck around to volunteer and continue to involve myself in any way possible. Now I have 2 babies of my own and have already begun to immerse them in the incredible environment that saved me from emotional isolation throughout grade school and graduation. The idea that my kids will be able to grow up surrounded by all of the love and support that is found within those walls makes my heart so completely happy. I love the theatre like a second home and I will keep it in my life forever.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My child has been a part of the FLCT family for seven years. The theatre is very welcoming and accepting off ALL children and this is very important. It doesn't matter if your child likes being on stage or behind the scenes; the staff helps them tap into their talents and finds innovative ways of nurturing those talents.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FLCT does tremendous good for the kids that take part as cast, crew and audience. Their programming is excellent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

FLCT is a wonderful place for children, and would take my future children here. There is a slight problem with FLCT however. FLCT has a lot of favoritism going on. It hurts many people's feelings because it doesn't give children equal opportunity to get certain parts. As a children's theater and not a professional theater they should give different kids a chance to prove themselves. This however is lacking. Many people agree with me and are afraid to speak out about it because they don't want to affect anyone's views on their kids. FLCT is a non for profit, yet in order to get the money they need they tend to give leads to the richer kids or kids in which there parents are on the board.They do give scholarships, but those kids seem to be left in the background sometimes, I could name a few examples. How do you think deep down this affects some of the other kids? Kids care deeply about the children's theater and go for years on end without every getting their chance to shine. We need to start switching it up a bit, and maybe some kids would grow even more on stage..and off.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love seeing all the kids grow up here, it is truly a place for children to express themselves. I would recommend this organization to many parents.

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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to several FLCT productions and never cease to be amazed by the quality of the talent in those children. Not just on stage but in all aspects of the production. I think the organization does a fantastic job at fostering young talent. All children should have this kind of exposure to theatre as it helps them in so many aspects of their life e.g. public speaking, self-confidence, etc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have participated in several of FLCT's productions. They have learned so much about theatre...from lighting,sound,costumes,song,dance, commitment, and even fundraising:). They have made amazing friendships...FLCT is a place they can feel safe to be who they are and express what they feel.
The staff is warm,approachable,resourceful and professional. Our family is proud to be a part of the FLCT family...

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