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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

33 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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

Review from Guidestar

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).

Review from Guidestar

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

Review from Guidestar

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!!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar