For more than 20 years Department of Drama students have introduced Syracuse community children to the theater by taking high-energy, interactive, and culturally diverse performances to elementary school audiences.
Produced in the fall semester in conjunction with Syracuse Stage, the Children’s Tour show is usually a 45- to 50-minute play, sometimes in musical format with a narrative style. The show provides an important component of an actor’s training by emphasizing self sufficiency and ensemble work; the actors and stage manager are responsible for everything from driving to the school to set-up to strike.
In a typical year, approximately 10,000 schoolchildren from 20 different schools experience a polished drama department production in their school. Syracuse Stage secures corporate sponsor support so the department is able to offer the show to schools at a reasonable cost. The department also provides study guides for each show to teachers and students.
Recent productions have included Annabel Drudge... and the Second Day of School (2014, 2010), The Bully Games (2013), A Thousand Cranes (2012, 2008), New Kid (2011), The Song from the Sea (2009), The Mischief Makers (2007), The Red Sun and the Green Moon (2006), Fractured Fairy Tales (2005), The Great Peanut Butter Radio Hour (2004), and Really Rosie (2003).