WHAT WE DO:
The National Theatre for Children (NTC) is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students, their parents and educators. We use a unique educational strategy that combines live theatre and multi-platform communications – television, Internet and print curriculum – to deliver financial literacy messages on behalf of sponsors who want to be associated with teaching important societal issues. NTC handles all program logistics and guarantees entry into schools. We perform live educational programs in front of millions of students, teachers and parents in thousands of schools every year. Since its founding in 1978, NTC has grown to become the largest touring educational theatre company in the world.
WHAT WE OFFER:
NTC provides corporate, non-profit and governmental sponsors the opportunity to help teach financial literacy to our nation’s youth. We have entertaining, educational and age-appropriate programming – live, print, Internet and TV – for students in grades K-12 and their families. NTC’s completely turn-key programs are centrally planned and controlled, yet each reflects the cultural diversity of individual communities and geographic regions. The educational value of our financial programs has been measured by educators and independent research firms, and the published results indicate that our theatre-based programming has a significant impact on learning and retention. It enables us to guarantee entry into virtually any school in the country.
Insane About Investing
NTC’s newest multi-platform program – aimed at high school students, their parents and teachers – combines high-energy sketch comedy with improvisation to teach educational messages about the importance of saving, investing and investment scams. Insane About Investing features two professional actors who play a variety of characters in four sketches during the 40-minute program. Actors elicit information from the audience, such as their favorite band or something they always dreamed of having. It’s then comically interjected at key points in the show and may even be the crux of a scene or the basis of a character. All performances include grade appropriate workbooks for each student, comprehensive teacher guides, classroom posters and additional on-line activities.
Iowa Insurance Division (IID) Incorporates Parent-Connect Events
A multi-year sponsor of the Mad About Money financial literacy program for middle-school students, IID has added 12 Parent-Connect Events to reach a wider audience of parents, grandparents and siblings. NTC coordinates with a school or district to create a special a performance of Mad About Money on weekday evenings when adults are available to attend with their students. A free dinner is served, and IID personnel can then introduce the show, talk about other financial literacy issues following the show and pass out literature (as appropriate). When Iowa Insurance Division personnel are unable to attend, the actors present a short program following the show on their behalf.
Thrivent Sponsors the Inaugural Tour of Showdown at Cash Canyon
The inaugural tour of NTC’s financial literacy program for grades K-5, Showdown at Cash Canyon, featured over 100 performances in two states on behalf of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The program toured into elementary schools in Cleveland, Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne last spring, and included four Parent-Connect Events. Students learned about money and savings with the help of a cast of fun and funny characters like Sheriff Carrie Gooper, Blabby Daze and Wild Bill Hitchcock. Two professional actors handle all the wonderfully educational wackiness in the 25-minute live portion of the program. However, each show comes complete with grade appropriate workbooks, posters and teacher guides that provide learning activities for 4-6 weeks of additional classroom instruction.
NTC’s newest educational platform – the M@dAbout television series – as been renewed for a second season on stations throughout the country. Originally announced at Jump$tart’s First Annual Teacher’s Conference, M@dAbout is designed to teach tweens, teens and their families about important life skills such as money management, peer pressure, decision-making, nutrition, environment, health – all in fun and entertaining ways. Think Saturday Night Live meets The Electric Company! The series is currently available in 85% of U.S. viewing households and also offers a live touring show by the same name that is scalable to match M@dAbout’s national TV audience. Check it out at: www.MadAbout.tv
WHAT WE NEED:
NTC wants to connect with those sponsors – corporate, non-profit and governmental – who want or need to be associated with teaching students, their parents and educators important messages about financial literacy. The ideal sponsor is an organization that needs a turn-key operation to reach a large number of students and families throughout a market or region, or want to impact a particular student and parent demographic.
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy