C.A.S.T. (Creative Arts Student Troupe)
Performed by C.A.S.T. (Creative Arts Student Troupe), the holly-jolly youth cabaret A JOLLY HOLIDAY is live on the outdoor stage December 10-12. It’s a one-of-a-kind production full of songs like “We Need a Little Christmas,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” and of course, “Holly Jolly Christmas,” as well as original stories, plays, and poems by our student cast.
Friday, December 10 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 11 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 12 at 1:30 p.m.
$13 for adults
$10 for ages 18 and younger
Running time 1 hour 45 minutes
LIT LORE – Tales From Around the World
C.A.S.T. graces the mainstage this spring with our brand-new performance and literacy outreach project! Work with Director of Education Terry LeCompte as an ultimate Theatre for Young Audience ensemble. Create and perform a collection of timeless folktales from our global community that takes our audiences on an expedition for understanding and appreciation of the things that connect us to one another. Lit Lore will be presented as a weekday performance for elementary schools.
Please note: All students cast must be available for ALL performances, including the school-day performance on April 8.
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
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
Click below to learn more about and register online for Term 2 Classes, January through April 2022:
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:
Click here for the medical form and photo release:
Click here for the audition form:
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.
Click here for a listing of our current teaching artists: