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Ogdensburg Command Performances Youtheatre: Class Acts proudly presents a broad spectrum of artistic excellence in live, professional children's theater this season with six productions, a total of 17 matinees, in three venues - Gouverneur Senior High School, Massena Senior High School, and Ogdensburg Free Academy. This unique experience is available to all students in grades preK through 12 from every school district in St. Lawrence County plus students from districts in surrounding counties. Youtheatre performances meet New York State Learning Standards for English, Social Studies, and the arts (theater, dance, and music). To enable students to fully appreciate the performances, teachers are encouraged to incorporate the study guides into their curriculum.

Data from a recent report of the National Endowment for the arts backs the concept that the arts not only have an academic impact on youth, but also a positive correlation to achievement. The report concludes, "Socially and economically disadvantaged children who have high levels of arts engagement and arts learning show more positive outcomes in a variety of areas than their low-arts engaged peers.... These outcomes extend to school grades, honor society membership, test scores, high school graduation, college enrollment & achievement, volunteering, and engagement in school or local politics."

The Scarlet Letter [grades 9-12] opens the season at Ogdensburg Free Academy on October 4 and Gouverneur Central October 5. Nathaniel Hawthorne's infamous work comes alive with a tightly-knit ensemble, original music, and a sharp attention to the text. When Hester Prynne commits an act of adultery, she is isolated and shamed by her community. Wrought with guilt that is veiled by piety, can she reconcile her duty with her desire?

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow [grades 3-6] - OFA November 9 and Massena Central November 10. Icabod Crane, Brom Bones, the lovely Katrina VanTassel, and the Headless Horseman all come to life in Washington Irving's classic tale.

Junie B's Essential Survival Guide to School [grades K-3] – OFA December 1 and Gouverneur Central December 2. Who can better write the book with a zillion tips & tricks on everything you need to know about school? From bus rides to band-aides, carpools to cookies, Junie shares her expertise on how school can sometimes be scary and sometimes fun but she always survives in style.

Four Score and Seven Years Ago [grades 4-8] – OFA February 13 and Gouverneur Central February 14. A compelling Civil War musical portrays the story of a freed slave and a soldier who have much to teach each other about loyalty and bravery when they meet in Gettysburg just before the historic battle.

Ellis, Island of Dreams [grades 7-12] – OFA February 28. Follow a family's story of the trials, heartbreak, and triumphs they faced at the entry point to this nation – "the land of dreams" – for countless immigrants from 1892-1954.

Biscuit [grades preK-2] – OFA April 10 and Massena Central April 11. Meet Alyssa Capucilli's frolicking puppy who loves exploring, making new friends, and stirring up mischief as he learns the joy of having a family.

Brochures are distributed to all area schools. If your school has not received brochures in the past, contact the OCP office – call 315.393.2625 or email Visit for additional information. Shows fill quickly...teachers are urged to make reservations for their students right away with their school's OCP liaison.

The 2016-17 Youtheatre: Class Acts Season is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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