Oregon Children’s Theatre – Educational Theatre Program
Getting through to kids about making healthy choices without sounding like a public service announcement is a challenge. It’s one the Educational Theatre Program (ETP), a collaboration between Oregon Children’s Theater and Kaiser Permanente, is continually working to overcome.
The program reaches more than 36,000 students across Oregon and SW Washington annually. During ETP performances, audiences watch schoolmates and professional actors act out scenes about tough topics many of these children face every day - from eating habits and inactivity to social conflict and intolerance. Sometimes, the actors stop the action and ask the audience how they would handle a situation. Hands shoot up. The children's honest responses are astounding.
During its 2011-12 season, the Educational Theatre Program reached 236 schools across Oregon, including Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, and Yamhill counties.
In fall 2012, the ETP crew toured with The Amazing Food Detective, a production that includes animated rhymes, music, and puppets. This two-month tour reached more than 12,000 students in 67 schools with key messages about how healthy food choices, physical activity, and limiting screen time contribute to an individual’s total health.
Oregon Children's Theatre is a funded group of Work for Art.