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 phenry@bte.org or (570) 458-4075.

Project Discovery        Student Matinees       Theatre in the Classroom (TIC)        

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:

  • 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.

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

Thank you to our Project Discovery Donors.


Project Discovery Fall 2017
The Diary of Anne Frank


Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Ensemble Member Daniel Roth

Witness the true and profoundly moving story of Anne Frank, the young girl whose diary documents the years her Jewish family spent in hiding during the Holocaust. This impassioned drama is all about finding small moments of serenity and optimism amidst persecution. We are honored to present a powerful theatre experience for those who cherish stories like Schindler's List,  Number the Stars, and BTE audiences who loved The Miracle Worker and Gunpowder Joe.  

PROJECT DISCOVERY STUDY GUIDE COMING SOON

Project Discovery Fall 2017
The Diary of Anne Frank
Student Matinee Dates

(all performances begin promptly at 10:00AM)

  • Tuesday, September 19
  • Wednesday, September 20
  • Thursday, September 21
  • Tuesday, September 26
  • Wednesday, September 27
  • Thursday, September 28
  • Tuesday, October 3
  • Wednesday, October 4
  • Thursday, October 5

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

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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 phenry@bte.org or at (570) 458-4075.

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

  • Thursday, November 30
  • Tuesday, December 5
  • Wednesday, December 6
  • Thursday, December 7
  • Tuesday, December 12
  • Wednesday, December 13
  • Thursday, December 14
  • Tuesday, December 19
  • Wednesday, December 20

Since the earliest days of BTE's 40 year history, audiences have been delighted, charmed, and frightened by this timeless holiday classic, and we are thrilled to once again stage the ghostly trials and ultimate redemption of Ebeneezer Scrooge. A treat for the whole family, for those who join us every year, and those just starting the tradition. Long-time BTE patrons will be excited to see founding ensemble member Rand Whipple reprise his role as Scrooge almost 40 years later! Directed by Richard  Cannaday.

The Diary of Anne Frank Student Matinee Dates
(all performances begin promptly at 10:00AM)

  • Tuesday, September 19
  • Wednesday, September 20
  • Thursday, September 21
  • Tuesday, September 26
  • Wednesday, September 27
  • Thursday, September 29
  • Tuesday, October 3
  • Wednesday, October 4
  • Thursday, October 5

Witness the true and profoundly moving story of Anne Frank,
the young girl whose diary documents the years her Jewish
family spent in hiding during the Holocaust. This impassioned
drama is all about finding small moments of serenity and
optimism amidst persecution. We are honored to present a
powerful theatre experience for those who cherish stories
like Schindler's List,  Number the Stars, and BTE audiences
who loved The Miracle Worker and Gunpowder Joe.  Directed by Daniel Roth.
 

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I and You Student Matinee Date
(performance begins promptly at 10:00AM)

  • Tuesday, January 23

Anthony arrives unexpectedly to complete an urgent school assignment with bed-ridden Caroline. As each begins to let down their guard, their project on Walt Whitman's poetry unlocks the deeper mystery that brings them together. A coming-of-age story about youth and the beauty of human connection from America's most produced young playwright. Great for fans of Gilmore GirlsThe Fault in Our StarsEverything Everything, and BTE audiences who adored Romeo & Juliet.
Directed by Richard Cannaday and James Goode.

 

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

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theatre in the classroom (tic)

Ah-HA! artwork by local artist, Jaren Brown of DarkStream Studios

Ah-HA! artwork by local artist, Jaren Brown of DarkStream Studios

Check out our 2018 Theatre in the Classroom (TIC) production of Ah-HA! Amazing Inventors and their Extraordinary Inventions on tour March 19 through June 1, 2018!

What happens in surprising places (kitchen sinks, garages, chicken coops, backyards)?  Extraordinary inventions by amazing inventors!  These are the inspiring stories about the Ah-HA! moments of a variety of ingenious innovators who because of gender or skin color or geography are not as famous as they should be!  An enlightening, entertaining, and empowering show for your students!

"I cannot believe how much they learned from the play.  I thought the concepts would be too hard for them, but I was wrong!  My students had so much to say after the play!"
- 2nd grade teacher from Memorial Elementary in Bloomsburg

Ah-HA! FREE PREVIEW performance coming soon!

Contact School Programs Director Paula Henry to book a performance for your school by email at phenry@bte.org
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.

This Ah-HA! Promo Photo was taken by Bob Rush, Spring, 2017 and features our 2017 Ensemble Interns.

This Ah-HA! Promo Photo was taken by Bob Rush, Spring, 2017 and features our 2017 Ensemble Interns.

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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