Education & Enrichment
What do we offer?
Education and Enrichment offers year-round multi-generational programs that build confidence, compassion, and community through creative arts. Through the exploration of stories, we develop our learners’ self-worth and empathy while nurturing their confidence and sense of responsibility. The communication and collaboration skills built through creative play also contribute to the personal success of our learners and their positive impact in their communities, both great and small.
Classes and Youth Productions
We offer learning and performing opportunities all year.
- After-school classes: School-year training in performance and production, as well as performance opportunities
- Summer conservatory: Multi-week performance camps
We take theatre into the community and bring the community to the theatre:
- Marion County school tours
- Professional development workshops
- STEAM presentations
- Speaking engagements
We offer both on-site and remote year-round training in the theatre arts for learners 5 to 105 years old. Group classes and private coaching are available for performing arts (acting, singing, dancing) and production. Virtual and in-person performance classes happen several times throughout the school year. In the summer, we offer two multi-week conservatory-style performance camps.
Our classes feature:
- Professional trained teaching artists
- Thoughtful and directed curriculum
- Differentiated learning
- Engagement before information
- Practical hands-on application
for all learners in every class
- Opportunities to share work
Registration for 2022-2023 skill and performance classes now open!
A NOTE ABOUT FALL 2022 CLASSES: Dance for Stage has been canceled. We have updated our musical theatre class, Broadway Bound, to accommodate students ages 13-24. Students who meet the age requirement for OCT’s season closer, Newsies, will still have the option to skip ahead in the audition process, joining at the callback level. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Education Terry LeCompte at email@example.com.
Payment in full is due upon registration. There will be an additional $2 surcharge per child, per class.
For information about need-based financial aid, please contact Director of Education Terry LeCompte at:
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OCT Teaching Artists share their technical skill, passion for education, and classroom and theatre experience with our community of learners. Under the supervision of the Director of Education, Teaching Artists plan curriculum, write and implement weekly lesson plans, and provide engaging class experiences. OCT Teaching Artists also participate in continuing training and professional development.
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C.A.S.T. (Creative Arts Student Troupe)
Oh, what fun! C.A.S.T. (Creative Arts Student Troupe) presents SLEIGHIN’ IT live on the outdoor stage from December 9-11. Join us for this festive cabaret celebrating all we love about the winter holidays!, this youth cast of 10 absolutely sleighs as they share their original stories, songs, family traditions, and classics like “The Night Before Christmas.” And what happens when “country elves” visit “city elves” for a family reunion at the North Pole — complete with line dancing, fruitcake, and “Dear Santa” letters? Find out in SLEIGHIN’ IT! The show is 90 minutes long with a 20-minute intermission. It’s a wonderful winter wonderland of a show that’s festive fun for the whole family!
Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 at 1:30 p.m.
$12 for adults
$10 for ages 18 and younger
Call the box office at (352) 236-2274 to buy tickets Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or buy online any time.
C.A.S.T. lit up the stage this spring in LIT LORE: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAYS !
Theatre for Young Audiences
For more than a decade, OCT has brought theatre into local schools. These programs are available free of charge to all Marion County elementary public schools. They provide access to the performing arts for children in all our communities, with extra effort made to reach our underserved and at-risk youth. Our play and story selections address community concerns or needs as indicated in the previous year’s teacher/administrator evaluations. In the past, themes have included bullying and diversity.
Youth who have exposure to theatre are known to develop positive attitudes towards literacy and education. To help leverage that impact, extensive original study guides are created and distributed to each school’s teaching staff, providing pre- and post-performance activities directly connected to our Sunshine and Core Curriculum Standards for literacy and art.
This small-cast touring company performs a one-hour play or musical on school campuses, bringing sets, costumes, and sound equipment to each site. The hour includes a talkback with cast and crew. The tour is available through the winter and spring. (2020-2021 may be affected due to COVID-19.)
Lit Light: Illuminating Storytelling combines theatrical reading, comprehension check-ins, and drama activities to personally engage elementary school-aged children with stories that help us grow. Led by professional teaching artists, the program consists of a 30-minute in-classroom presentation
available any time throughout the school year. In response to COVID-19, a video library will be made available to schools