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Nashville Children’s Theatre

Contact Name: Ginny Lodholz


25 Middleton Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37210
United States
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Phone: (615) 254-9103

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The Junior League of Nashville founded Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) in 1931. Eighty-four years later, NCT is an award-winning professional theatre company still dedicated to serving the community through its founding principle that a cultural heritage is the right of ALL children. Through theatre, NCT guides today’s young people towards becoming innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Our performance series provides shared experiences where kids can explore a world beyond their everyday life, instilling a sense of empathy and further developing social skills. Each year, 80,000 youth and adults from more than 250 area schools are able to have this experience.

Through the use of the curriculum guides in the classroom followed by a field trip to Nashville Children’s Theatre, these children will come together for a meaningful and entertaining shared theatrical experience with a diverse group of their peers, while also ultimately increasing skills in language arts. Additionally, educators are invited to attend a special preview performance and professional development workshop for each production and schools may also request an in-class workshop following their field trip to NCT.

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Program Title: Professional Productions/Student Ticket Subsidy

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) values both the artistic integrity and educational merits of theatre as an art form. Seeing a play at NCT gives students the opportunity to see the best professional, high quality, theatrical performances and return to their classrooms to discuss the experience with their teachers and amongst their peers. To help guide this discussion, NCT provides teachers with curriculum standards and related activities to use in the classroom to help deepen the students’ knowledge and appreciation of each production through critical thinking. The 2015-16 production consists of EINSTEIN IS A DUMMY, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, CINDERELLA, ROSA PARKS AND THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT, and A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD.

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Program Title: Educator Previews and Professional Dev't.

Program Type: Arts Integration

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Each show in our season offers one preview performance on a Thursday evening at 6:30. That performance is our Educator Preview Event. Educators and a guest are welcome to attend this performance as our guests.

This FREE event includes a wine and cheese reception followed by a 45-minute workshop where NCT education staff members demonstrate lessons designed to explore some of the curricular connections of the production. This workshop qualifies for professional development hours in many districts, and is intended for adults only. The reception begins at 5:00 pm, and the workshop begins at 5:30 pm.

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Program Title: In-Class Workshops

Program Type: Arts Integration

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Following a school’s field trip to a production at Nashville Children’s Theatre, the in-class workshops give students active experience with theatre arts, and are directly tied to the content of NCT’s production. Workshop curriculum addresses TN state standards in Theatre, integrates Common Core standards in English/Language Arts, and also incorporates other curricular areas, such as Social Studies and Science. Students have the opportunity to use collaboration, communication and critical thinking to further their understanding of their time at the theatre. These workshops provide both students and their teachers with an arts-integrated experience. While watching and participating alongside their students, teachers, who may not have specific training in arts-integration or arts education, gain the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate drama techniques used in the workshop in future lessons. The result is a well-rounded theatrical experience for all participants: experiencing theatre as an audience member, experiencing theatre as an artist, and, for teachers, experiencing theatre as a facilitator.

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