IGNITE is a pair of pre and post workshops in conjunction with seeing a mainstage production at North Carolina Theatre. IGNITE deepens the pathway between live professional theatre and in classroom work that allows students to create visceral responses and personal real life connections.
To create personal, social, and educational connections, NCT’s professional Teaching Artists will prepare students to engage with a production’s themes and messages that are enhanced and displayed through professional lights, sets, costumes, and artists. After students see the show, the same Teaching Artist will return to the contextualize the production and amplify reactions and responses of the young people while exploring the relevancy of theatrical art making in their everyday lives.
NCT produces a six-show season each year and shows are selected based on thematic connections to national and regional conversation that embodies a full thematic arch across each season. Inclusive in each season are culturally relevant shows that encompass stories which authentically represent the vast diversity of Raleigh.
North Carolina Theatre offers student groups of 10 or more discounts ranging from 10% – 35% off regular ticket prices. Student groups must provide their own transportation at this time. Whenever possible, virtual and streaming options will be made available for students and schools to view productions.
Curriculum connections vary depending on the NCT shows each season, but full study guides accompany all NCT shows with further activities and detailed state standards highlighted per each activity.
Both in-person and virtual (live and pre-recorded) options are available for this program.
North Carolina Theatre serves as Raleigh’s only fully professional Equity theatre, producing and uplifting the unique American art-form of musical theatre through professional mainstage productions, theatre training for youth; broad community access to the arts; and arts-in-education programs in schools and community partners across the region. NCT champions the artistic growth and engagement of the community through its Conservatory department with four distinct pillars. Young people and community members can engage with NCT through Artistic Training, Summer camp programming, Creative Engagement for Youth, and Community Engagement projects. Through its Creative Engagement programming, NCT partners with educators and students through comprehensive in-school arts programming. These programs are designed to SPARK dialogue, IGNITE conversation, FORGE connections, and ILLUMINATE ideas. NCT is dedicated to removing barriers and bringing theatre directly to schools.