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Why Do Kids NEED Theatre?

Why Do Kids NEED Theatre?  by Danica Taylor When you imagine an evening at the theatre, you probably picture an entertaining night out spent relaxing and watching a story unfold, taking you away from reality for a few hours. What you may not realize is that theatre is more than entertainment. Theatre is a unique, immersive learning experience for audiences of any age. Today, an increasing number of communities are realizing how important theatre is to children’s development. The number of theatres catering to youth across America is increasing, and the professional quality of many companies has shown patrons that theatres for young audiences are worthy of respect. Taking your family to see a show is certainly an exciting, memorable experience, but being exposed to the arts is beneficial in many other ways. We have compiled a list of reasons illustrating why taking your child to a live performance is so important. SCHOOL PERFORMANCE. Research from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education by Dr. James Catterall shows that students who are exposed to the arts are more likely to be involved in community service, and are less likely to drop out of school. Studies by neuroscientists have shown that both the left and right hemispheres of the brain need to be fully stimulated in order for the brain to utilize its true potential. This means that …

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“Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” | Press Release 2016

Orlando, FL (January 15, 2016) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) presents Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (January 25 – February 21, 2016). This production is presented by Clear Channel Outdoor and supporting sponsor Walt Disney World. Oh, brother! Attention-stealing little brother, Fudge, makes Peter feel like a fourth grade nothing! In this story by Judy Blume, adapted for the stage by Bruce Mason, Fudge is a toddler terror that gets away with everything, and Peter has had about all he can take! Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling! “There are countless reasons as to why this story has captured the hearts of readers, not to mention audiences for so long,” says director Chris Armbrister. “However, the closer you look at this story the more you realize that all the reasons for its long life boil down to one thing, and that’s the characters. We identify with these characters because we all know a kid like Peter, a bit uncertain about himself, yet the idol of his little brother. I’m sure we all have, or had, a Fudge in our lives, whether it was actually a pesky little brother (sister, in my case) that seems to get all the attention, gets away with everything, and …

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The REP Receives State Diversity & Inclusion Award

ORLANDO, FL (January 11, 2016) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) is proud to announce an award from Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs through their Diversity & Inclusion Awards Program, recognizing the efforts of individuals working to make arts and cultural programming in Florida as diverse and inclusive as possible. The REP was honored with the award for its exceptional work through its ongoing Sensory-Friendly Series, creating access to theatre for audiences with autism, Asperger’s, and other sensory needs. “The REP’s contributions to Florida’s cultural community are immeasurable,” says David Odahowski, President and CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. “Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is proud to sponsor the Sensory-Friendly Series, and help make theater and the arts accessible to a wider audience.” “For a few years, we explored adding Sensory-Friendly shows to our programming, as we knew there were so many children and families who miss the opportunity to experience live theatre,” says The REP’s Artistic Director, Jeff Revels. “We finally took the jump a few years back and there is no going back! When a mother tells you that her non-verbal child said their first word ever in response to a song in the show, you know that you are doing work that is meant to be!” The Diversity & Inclusion Awards Program recognizes innovative and exceptional efforts that promote diversity in arts …

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“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical” | Press Release 2015

Orlando, FL (November 9, 2015) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) presents Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical (November 9 – December 27, 2015. This production is presented by Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs and supporting sponsor Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The beloved classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. “We are beyond excited to see this beloved classic come to life onstage and see the story we all know presented in a new, fresh way,” says Artistic Director Jeff Revels. “Family traditions are the cornerstone of the holiday season, and seeing a live musical of the Rudolph legend is sure to create cherished memories.” Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical was first presented at The REP to great public and critical acclaim in 2013, and ranks as the theatre’s second-highest selling production of all time (following Dr. Seuss’s The Cat …

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FREE Holiday Family Event This Friday

THIS FRIDAY (Dec. 4) – Join us at 5pm at the Colonial Barnes & Noble bookstore (2418 East Colonial Drive, Orlando 32803) for a FREE holiday family event! 5:00pm | Arrive early for dinner in the B&N Café – Mention “The REP Book Fair” to donate a portion of the proceeds back to The REP. 5:45pm | Santa and Rudolph from The REP’s production of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical” will be on-site for a meet-and-greet and photos! 6:30pm | Settle in on the balcony floor – pillows and blankets are provided – for a live reading of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. 7:00pm | Enjoy a live reading of The Polar Express by REP actors. Purchase a hot-chocolate and a cookie as a fundraiser for The REP! A portion of ALL SALES go back to The REP on Dec. 4 when you mention “The REP Book Fair”.

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The REP Receives $150,000 Grant

ORLANDO, FL (October 20, 2015) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) is pleased to announce the award of a $150,000 grant as part of the highly competitive Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Cultural Tourism program, to be used for the activities of The REP’s 16-17 season. This grant, matched dollar-for-dollar by the University of Central Florida, was unanimously approved this morning by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “We are delighted”, says Gene Columbus, Executive Director of The REP. “Our mission is to create experiences that enlighten, entertain, and enrich the lives of family and young audiences, and this grant enables us to extend our reach in doing just that as we continue to strive to be the finest in family theatre.” Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs’ mission is to elevate the status of arts and culture in Central Florida. This mission is accomplished through a number of services and programs funded by Orange County’s Tourist Development Tax revenues and General Fund dollars, including Art in the Chambers, Public Art, County-wide Arts Education, and funding for Cultural Tourism projects and Cultural Facilities. It is the REP’s belief that a student’s exposure to theatre at a young age, and consistently as they move through their elementary and middle school careers, will illuminate new possibilities for life-long learning and appreciation for art and culture in …

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