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, please contact School Programs Director Paula Henry by email at phenry@bte.org or at (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.

Director Laurie McCants and Playwright Anthony Clarvoe at the Bloomsburg Public Library Coffee Hour on December 10, 2016. Video by Bob Rush.

 
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!
 

Read John L. Moore's article about the show for the Daily Item here.

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

Imagine... it's 1863, Abraham Lincoln is President, and you are traveling from New York to California. Your trip by stagecoach or maybe even a boat around the southern tip of South America will take six months! Yet six short years later the travel time is only one week thanks to an epic human contest and one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century; 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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