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About Our Arts Education Program
TACTICC's impACT program is one of three performing arts programs offered by TACTICC. impACT is TACTICC's focus in Educational Theatre for Young Audiences. This program serves a dual role in promoting our core mission statements and typically being our biggest effort throughout the year. impACT productions are family friendly entertainment (rated G and PG), and most are performed by students grades K-12. Due to the size and time difference for productions, impACT tickets are usually at a reduced rate.
Often a first step in learning about the art in the theatre, impACT classes and productions focus on having fun learning about theatre, promoting growth and personal development, building friendships and focusing on the importance of ensemble, all while maintaining high production values.
TACTICC's impACT heading serves as an umbrella for four of our youth-aimed entertainment programs.
TACTICC impACT Programs
impACT Summer Camps- Many of our 1-2 week summer camps result in performance or viewing, while several produce full productions with several performances. These camps focus on high quality production values, theatre and arts education, and providing students opportunities to perform and create in a professional atmosphere.
impACT Showcase Experience- A semester version of our summer camps that result in performance- Showcases are rehearse once (and occasionally twice) a week, over the course of several months. At the end of the rehearsal process, students put on a full scale production. All students must register to participate, and registration does guarantee a role in the show. Again the focus is on quality productions and providing students opportunities to perform and create.
impACT Classes and Workshops - TACTICC tries to offer a wide range of specific topics for all ages, with commitment to fueling a love for creativity and the arts, as well as theatre theory and technique.
impACT Traveling Library Shows- Part of an on-going effort to give back the community, TACTICC has traditionally put on a free traveling piece that performs at the Carroll County Public Libraries in an effort to encourage a love for imagination, theatre, and reading in young audiences.
With the exception of the traveling shows, all impACT productions and programs require registration and a fee. Some programs also require an audition prior to the actual program, for the benefit of our directors, designers, and script-writers.
Previous impACT Productions Include:
"Charlie Brown Travels"-Traveling Production - Summer 2008
"Seussical-Stories"-Traveling Production - Summer 2009
"The Princess and the Frog"-Traveling Production - Summer 2010
"Grease"- Teen Summer Camp 2010
"Cinderella"- Youth Summer Camp 2010
"Annie Jr."- Fall Showcase Experience 2010
"Aladdin Jr."- Spring Showcase Experience 2011
"Jungle Book" - Youth Summer Camp 2011
"Camp Rock" - Teen Summer Camp 2011
"Storytelling with Troy and Gabriella" - Traveling Production
"Disney's 101 Dalmatians, Kids" - Showcase Experience - Fall 2011
"Disney's Aristo-Cats Kids" - Youth Showcase Experience Spring 2012
"The Big Bad Musical" - Teen Showcase Experience Spring 2012
"Snow White" - Youth Summer Camp 2012
"Flapper" - Teen Summer Camp 2012
"The Little Mermaid, Jr" - Showcase Experience Fall 2012
"Alice in Wonderland, Jr." - Showcase Experience Spring 2013
Why Choose TACTICC's impACT Program?
Having a regular creative outlet is not just part of a well rounded education – it is essential for a child’s emotional health and well being. Producing a show brings the arts together and provides growth opportunities for all varieties of learners. For example, kinesthetic learners engage their bodies through dance, linguistic learners dive into the written and spoken word, spatial learners tackle set and costume design, and musical learners revel in the show’s score.
Besides being incredibly fun, musical theatre helps young people develop many of the skills necessary for success in today’s world:
Self-Confidence: Throughout the rehearsal and performance process, young performers discover how to take creative and emotional risks and learn to trust their abilities.
Literacy: Students increase reading and writing skills at their own pace by immersing themselves in the story, reading and re-reading their scripts, memorizing their lines and taking notes at rehearsal.
Communication: During rehearsals, students learn how to articulate their thoughts and questions and carefully listen to direction in order to improve their performances.
Imagination: Theatre is most dynamic when the imaginations of its participants are fully engaged. Students make countless interpretive choices in design and performance to create a detailed, fictional world for their audiences.
Empathy: Through character work and story creation, young performers explore the lives of others. First-hand perspectives of new circumstances challenge prejudices and aid in the development of well-rounded students and citizens.
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: The amount of work required to successfully put on a show makes all participants valuable troubleshooters. Whether inventing mnemonics to remember lines, adjusting staging to show off everyone’s faces, or mastering a tricky scene change, students have countless opportunities to creatively tackle challenges.
Self-Discipline: Through prompt attendance at rehearsals and learning lines, music and choreography on schedule, students acquire valuable self-discipline techniques and become reliable and trustworthy members of an ensemble.
Community Awareness: A theatrical production provides ample opportunities to connect with our families and neighbors. Students can engage parents, community centers and local vendors to help create sets, props, costumes and publicity.
Public Speaking: Whether performing for their peers during rehearsal or for their school and local community during a performance, students gain expertise and confidence speaking in front of a group.
Curricular Integration: A musical provides a rich and engaging springboard for students to explore many subjects in their classrooms and discover connections among various modes of learning. Our ShowKit came with show-related lesson plans for English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and more – all of which fulfill the Common Core State Standards.
Teamwork: Theatre requires extensive creative input from all its participants. Students build ensemble by working together to rehearse, construct, promote and perform their show. Every role – whether onstage or behind the scenes – is vital for the show’s success.
As you can see, our students will gain valuable life skills through their participation in TACTICC.