School Programs

Welcome to School Programs at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

Our School Matinee Program and our Theatre In the Classroom (TIC) touring program share classical and contemporary plays as well as original adaptations of world folk literature and history with our young audiences.  Through the power of live theatre we foster an appreciation for the arts and for theatre as a resource for living while opening a window on the world. Contact School Programs Director Paula Henry for more information about our School Matinees, Project Discovery performances, and Theatre in the Classroom (TIC) Touring production at or (570) 458-4075.

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Project Discovery 

Project Discovery is a comprehensive theatre education program with a simple yet powerful mission: make sure every student from every high school in the five counties surrounding Bloomsburg attend professional performances by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at least once a year – FREE.

Our goals are simple:

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  • Support educators in meeting arts education mandates

  • By graduation, each student will have been to the theatre at least three times

  • Help students develop the well rounded mind essential for success in today’s world

Project Discovery schools are those in the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16. The five counties of CSIU16 are: Columbia, Union, Northumberland, Snyder, and Montour. The High Schools located in these counties are our Project Discovery schools: Benton Sr High School, Berwick Area Sr. High School, Bloomsburg High School, Bloomsburg Christian School, Central Columbia High School, Danville Area High School, Lewisburg Area High School, Line Mountain Sr High School, Midd West High School, Mifflinburg Area High School, Millville Area Sr. High School, Milton Area High School, Mt. Carmel Area High School, Selinsgrove Area High School, Shamokin Area High School, Shikellamy High School, Southern Columbia Area High School, Warrior Run High School, Columbia Montour AVTS, Northumberland County Career + Technology Center,  Columbia County Christian School, Watsontown Christian Academy, Meadowbrook Christian School, Northumberland Christian School, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, Sunbury Christian Academy, Watsontown Christian School

Did you know?
Since 1994, over 44,000 students have experienced theatre at BTE through the Project Discovery program. This landmark program is funded by corporations, businesses, foundations, and individuals. Theatre tickets and all expenses are provided to schools at no cost.

Every $9.50 provides a free ticket for a local high school student. 


Thank you to our Project Discovery Donors.

Project Discovery 2018/19
Industrious Angels
Student Matinee Dates

(all performances begin promptly at 10:00AM)

  • Wednesday, January 30

  • Thursday, January 31

Industrious Angels is a solo hand-crafted-story-spinning-shadow-puppet-memory-play-with-music evoking the secret creative lives of women, mother/daughter bloodlines, and the ghost of Emily Dickinson.In a shadowed attic, crammed with curio cabinets, work tables, chests and drawers (containers for mementos and unmentionables), a daughter searches for what it is that ties together her mother, herself, and an elusive poet.

Perfect for those who love Dead Poets Society, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and BTE audiences fascinated by the The Women’s Solo Performance Festival

Rated GA, best for middle school kids and older.

Curriculum Connections:  Poetry, Emily Dickinson,  

Project Discovery 2018/19
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Student Matinee Dates

(all performances begin promptly at 10:00AM)

  • Tuesday, April 2

  • Wednesday, April 3

  • Thursday, April 4

  • Tuesday, April 9

  • Wednesday, April 10

  • Thursday, April 11

Fifteen-year-old Christopher is on a mission. After the untimely death of his neighbor’s dog, the brilliant and unique boy is compelled to investigate the crime. Experience the world through Christopher’s eyes as he embarks on an extraordinary journey where he challenges assumed truths and discovers life-changing secrets.  We are thrilled to bring you this smash-hit play fresh from highly acclaimed runs on Broadway and London’s West End!

An electrifying experience for those enthralled by Sherlock, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and BTE audiences who treasured The Diary of Anne Frank

Rated MA-13, Appropriate for adults and ages 12+. Some adult language and situations.

Curriculum Connections:  Empathy, Mental Health/Autism, Honesty and Trust, Braving the Unknown, Resilience, Self-Identity, Celebrating Difference, Critical and Creative Thinking

Contact School Programs Director Paula Henry at or (570) 458-4075 to book a Project Discovery Student Matinee performance for your class today!

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The Wizard of Oz

Student Matinee Dates
(all performances begin promptly at 10:00 AM)

-Tuesday, December 4
-Wednesday, December 5
-Thursday, December 6
-Tuesday, December 11|
-Wednesday, December 12
-Thursday, December 13
-Tuesday, December 18
-Wednesday, December 19

student Matinees

BTE offers reduced price weekday student matinees for our Project Discovery and Holiday productions. For more information about our upcoming performances, please contact School Programs Director Paula Henry by email at or at (570) 458-4075.


By L. Frank Baum
The Classic MGM Musical
Directed by Richard Cannaday
November 23 through December 29, 2018

Click your heels together three times and join us for a whimsical journey as we bring this beloved musical to our stage! When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away to the magical land of Oz. With help from a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion, they dodge witches and talking apple trees in search of the powerful Wizard. Whether you’re new to the yellow brick road or a long-time traveler, join in the fun that will leave you saying "There's no place like BTE, There's no place like BTE."

Great for BTE audiences captivated every holiday season and those joining the enchantment for the first time.  Rated GA, Perfect for all ages.

For more information about our upcoming performances, please contact School Programs Director Paula Henry by email at or at (570) 458-4075.

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theatre in the classroom (tic)

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Check out our 2018 Theatre in the Classroom (TIC) production of Star Tours, Explore the Mysteries of the Universe, on tour March 19 through June 1, 2019!


Join our top-notch crew of the Star Ship Improvise as they travel through the universe, explore our solar system, the particulars of space travel, the discoveries of Galileo, and more!! Their Mission? To seek out new worlds and civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before, and to teach some kids about outer space before school is over. STAR TOURS promises to be a playful, hilarious and informative experience for all ages.

Contact School Programs Director Paula Henry to book a performance for your school by email at
or by phone at (570) 458-4075.

TIC tours bring adaptations of world folk literature and history to elementary schools, as well as middle schools, libraries, and community centers across Pennsylvania and beyond.

It serves as a tool for curriculum enhancement and a unique opportunity for students to discover the world from other perspectives.

What’s the story about TIC?

TIC shows are presented in an animated story-theatre style featuring imaginative props, costumes, music, and student participation followed by a lively post-performance discussion.

  • Professional actors play multiple characters and create different locations and moods through the imaginative use of props and costumes

  • Call and response student participation promotes basic group behavior skills, such as listening and observing

  • A pre-show Study Guide allows teachers to maximize the educational value of the theatre experience by providing discussion ideas, related classroom activities, post-performance questions, and bibliography

Thank you to our Theatre in the Classroom Sponsors

Thank you to our Theatre in the Classroom Sponsors

Actors set up the stage for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's TIC production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2015.

Above: listen to WVIA's Erika Funke interview BTE School Programs Director Paula Henry about TIC.

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