Storyland Theatre, an Augusta nonprofit corporation, has performed for over 734,000 students, teachers, chaperones and families from all over the CSRA since we began in 1988. Our main purpose is to present live quality theatrical productions, performed by adults, for children and families. We dramatize excellent, locally written, original plays and musicals, based on fairytale themes, while incorporating imaginative sets, costumes, lighting, and special effects, to expose the children to the finest theatre available in the CSRA. We know that many students who attend our performances would never see a live play if they did not attend with their schools. We believe that introducing Storyland Theatre performances to a child will teach a love of Theatre, and will encourage attendance at all kinds of Arts events as adults.
Storyland Theatre provides the unique opportunity to attend live quality theatre for children whether they can afford a ticket or not. About 70% of our audiences attend on discounted or free tickets from socio-economically disadvantaged schools in 14 counties. We help teachers arrange field trips, offer financial help with tickets, and do our best to move them into other performances when buses are late or don't show up. Our Transportation Credits Program helps pay for buses when discounted tickets alone are not enough help. We teach students correct behavior in the Theatre (our opening Theatre Etiquette speech). We offer teachers Georgia Common Core State Standards and South Carolina College & Career Readiness Standards, specifically related to our plays, to justify field trips, along with Storyland Lesson Plan ideas to incorporate into their classroom curriculum as theatre activities. Since many teachers are not formally trained in Theatre, these ideas help them focus on an area that they would normally not be able to fully develop.
Saturday Family Matinees offer an opportunity for families to share a wholesome activity together for a reasonable price, on the spur of the moment. No reservations are required on Saturdays, and the children can meet the actors after the show for autographs and photographs.
To support Fort Gordon and our troops, all performances - including Saturday Matinees - are free to Active Duty Military Personnel and Their Families. So far over 21,000 Military and Dependents have attended Storyland free.
COVID-19 forced us to postpone our spring 2020 musical performance of "Beauty and the Beast" till next October. Since the children could not come to Storyland for our Live performance, we made our video of our 2017 "Jack and the Beanstalk" musical available free to everyone online to watch at home. A link on our Facebook page and our Storyland webpage takes them straight to the video which is available as our gift to the children and their families in this difficult time. Teachers have also been incorporating it into their Distance teaching curriculum as well. As of 4/21, almost 25,000 people have been reached on Facebook with 246 shares, and almost 1,000 have watched the video.
We look forward to next season, back at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. Our new season is listed on our webpage, www.storylandtheatre.org