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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

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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..

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar