Youtheatre Class Acts

Youtheatre Class Acts

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Ogdensburg Command Performances Youtheatre: Class Acts proudly presents a broad spectrum of artistic excellence in live, professional children’s theater this season with six productions, a total of 24 matinees, in four school districts - Gouverneur, Massena, Ogdensburg, and Salmon River.  This unique experience is available to all students in grades PreK through 12 who attend area public and parochial schools as well as those that are home schooled.  Youtheatre performances meet New York State Learning Standards for English, Social Studies, and the Arts (theater, dance, and music).  To enable students to fully appreciate the performances, teachers are encouraged to incorporate the study guides into their curriculum.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Youtheatre: Class Acts, northern New York’s award-winning program of world-class theatre productions for students.  Since 1992, OCP has presented more than 400 performances and, as of last count, reached more than 342,545 children!

Data from a recent report of the National Endowment for the Arts backs the concept that the arts not only have an academic impact on youth, but also a positive correlation to achievement.  The report concludes, “Socially and economically disadvantaged children who have high levels of arts engagement and arts learning show more positive outcomes in a variety of areas than their low-arts engaged peers….  These outcomes extend to school grades, honor society membership, test scores, high school graduation, college enrollment & achievement, volunteering, and engagement in school or local politics.”

Pete the Cat [grades preK - 2] opens the season at Ogdensburg Free Academy on September 26, Gouverneur Central September 27, and Salmon River September 28.  Based on the popular books by famous author & illustrator James Dean, who can better help Jimmy out when he draws a blank in art class…none other than Pete, the perfect friend!  Join Jimmy & Pete on a new adventure of friendship and inspiration.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler [grades 3-6] - OFA October 4 and Massena Central October 5.  K.L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Medal-winning book celebrates its 35th Anniversary in a funny, compelling musical about a brother and sister who find themselves in the middle of a mystery and end up face-to-face with someone who could change their lives forever.

To Kill a Mockingbird [grades 7 - 12] – Massena Central October 10, Salmon River Central October 11, OFA October 12, and Gouverneur Central October 13.  Harper Lee’s masterpiece about race, justice, and coming of age in the South is brought to life in an inventive adaptation utilizing a streamlined set and original music to put the story front and center.  Students will see the story from an entirely new perspective!  Each performance includes a post-show conversation with the cast.  1 and 2 hour workshops are available.

Harriett Tubman and the Underground Railroad [grades 7 - 12] – OFA March 12.  This stirring drama is a classic tribute to the courageous American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery, changing the world forever.  Share her adventure in this accurate & deeply moving musical history lesson.

Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great [grades 3 - 6] – Salmon River Central March 21, Gouverneur Central March 22, and OFA March 23.  Sheila Tubman, otherwise known as Sheila the Great comes of age by facing her fears in this lively and poignant musical based on Judy Blume’s popular and insightful book.

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat  [grades preK - 2] – OFA May 14 and Massena Central May 15.  Sally and her brother know The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met.  With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure of fun.

Brochures are distributed to all area schools.  If your school has not received brochures in the past, contact the OCP office – phone 315.393.2625 or email  Visit for additional information.  Shows fill quickly…teachers are urged to make reservations for their students right away with their school’s OCP liaison.

The 2017-18 Youtheatre: Class Acts Season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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