Our educational programming reflects a commitment to introduce theatre to Boston’s residents and to inspire young residents of Boston to discover the multiple ways in which theatre can enhance, or become, a life-long career.
In 2018, the Lyric Stage began a working relationship with City Stage Co., which reaches over 65,000 students and families each year with its educational performances and workshops, including over 800 annual performances at Boston Children’s Museum. The two companies will collaborate to expand the number of schools they jointly reach, and to develop new ways to introducing live theatre to young residents of Boston.
Lyric Stage Youth Programs
The City Stage program is designed to expose students at all levels to theater as a part of their regular curriculum. City Stage is based on the Performance Cycle, created by the Arts Literacy Project at Brown University, and engages students in creative drama, scripting, and acting-out of narrative that enable them to analyze, interpret, and deeply experience plays, poetry, memoirs, and fiction. Through City Stage, students develop theatre and language arts skills and create art in alignment with state curriculum standards. We offer a variety of versions of City Stage to elementary, middle, and high schools in Boston. For the 2019-2020 school year, City Stage is confirmed to be at five Boston Public Schools: Nathan Hale Elementary School and Orchard Gardens in Roxbury; Thomas J Kenny Elementary School in Dorchester; William McKinley Elementary School in the South End; and Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School in South Boston. We will work with approximately 800 students through these BPS programs.
Approximately 84% of the children reached through City Stage are from low- and moderate-income families. Research demonstrates the positive impacts of the arts on low-income neighborhoods, and the Lyric Stage is devoted to supporting these communities.
The study and practice of theatrical art provides young people with social capital and establishes a number of soft skill essential for success. Chief among these are problem-solving, teamwork, written and verbal communication, ability to analyze text, self-confidence and public speaking.
Students served through the Boston Public School system are: 45% Black, 32% White, 17% Hispanic, 4% Asian, and 3% Other.
The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation KidStage is a one of a kind kid-sized theater designed to introduce children to the wondrous world of the performing arts, and to give some of your budding actors and actresses a chance to get on the stage themselves and shine! Continuing a relationship with Boston Children’s Museum that dates back to 1988, Lyric Stage actors offer 800 to 1,000 annual performances of participatory plays on KidStage for as many as 65,000 children and their families. For many attendees, kids and adults alike, KidStage is their first exposure to live theatre.
Currently, our most popular touring show is “DW Counts Down to Kindergarten.” This perennial favorite kindergarten-readiness participatory show tours to schools in and around the greater Boston area. Other touring productions include: The History and Adventures of Tom Thumb; Folktales East & West; and Folktales North & South. The shows are all under 30 minutes and are produced for family audiences. Each show is performed by two professional, adult actors and put a strong focus on participation from audience volunteers. The shows tour primarily to schools and libraries: efforts will soon be underway to create a more ambitious touring calendar to reach all branches of the Boston Public Library, with multi-lingual productions.