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.

Student Matinees    Project Discovery 2017    Theatre in the Classroom (TIC)    TIC Tour 2017

student Matinees

BTE offers reduced price weekday student matinees for our Holiday and Project Discovery productions. For more information about our upcoming performances of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) and the world premiere of Gunpowder Joe, please contact School Programs Director Paula Henry by email at phenry@bte.org or at (570) 458-4075.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)

Appropriate for all ages, there are eight matinees scheduled: November 30th, December 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, and 15th.  All matinees begin at 10:00 a.m.  Attending BTE for a holiday matinee is a tradition for many schools. Matinees fill quickly; the December 15th matinee is almost sold-out.

Three under-prepared actors make a hysterical attempt to tell all of your favorite Christmas stories in 90 minutes. Featuring (insert your favorite Christmas song/movie/book/ tradition here!)  For fans of BTE's A Christmas Story and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

BTE's school matinees include the full-length mainstage production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) as well as a unique behind-the-scenes peek at the show itself.  After each matinee, students are invited to "Meet the Cast" as the actors make themselves available to answer questions about any aspect of the production.

To make a reservation for one of these special matinees or for more information about all of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s programs for students, contact Paula Henry, School Programs Director at (570) 458-4075 or email at phenry@bte.org 

Gunpowder Joe - WORLD PREMIERE

Witness this world premiere play about innovative scientist, religious dissenter, friend of our Founders, and local legend Joseph Priestley. A compelling historical drama about Priestley's arrival in Northumberland during the tense days of early American politics. Featuring live music, exciting scientific demonstrations, and enthralling visual design. A collaboration between our professional ensemble, award-winning playwright Anthony Clarvoe, Friends of the Joseph Priestley House, and Bucknell University.

For fans of House of Cards and Cold Mountain, and BTE audiences who loved Mr. Lincoln

Appropriate for all ages, there are eight matinees scheduled: January 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st and February 1st, and 2nd. All matinees begin at 10:00 a.m.  Consider booking your school's performance of Gunpowder Joe soon; matinees fill quickly. If you are part of the CSIU #16, please contact Paula about BTE's Project Discovery Program.

DOWNLOAD the Gunpowder Joe Study Guide here.


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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.

 
Project Discovery 2017 is the World Premiere of Anthony Clarvoe's Gunpowder Joe, the true story of Joseph Priestley, Pennsylvania, and the American Experiment.

Project Discovery 2017 is the World Premiere of Anthony Clarvoe's Gunpowder Joe, the true story of Joseph Priestley, Pennsylvania, and the American Experiment.

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!
 

 

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.

Enjoy this slideshow of Project Discovery 2016 Romeo & Juliet


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theatre in the classroom (tic)

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

Actors Eric Wunsch, Christine Doidge, Renee Fawess and James Miller set up the stage for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Theatre in the Classroom (TIC) production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2015.

Thank you to our Theatre in the Classroom Sponsors

Thank you to our Theatre in the Classroom Sponsors

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


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TIC 2017 All Aboard! The story of The first transcontinental railroad

More information about our 2017 Theatre in the Classroom  (TIC) production of All Aboard coming soon. Contact School Programs Director Paula Henry to book a performance for your school by emial at phenry@bte.org or by phone at (570) 458-4075.


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