Orlando Shakespeare Theater Partners With G-Team For Arts Education Initiative

“Educational Shakespeariences” to provide professional arts productions for Central Florida teens
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Nov. 3, 2011 - PRLog -- Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF (http://www.orlandoshakes.org) and Groupon’s G-­Team (http://www.groupon.com/g-team), the philanthropic arm of Groupon, announce the launch of a local campaign allowing Central Florida residents to provide innovative educational arts experiences to teens from underserved schools in the Orlando area.

The Educational Shakespeariences campaign will be available on Groupon Orlando’s G-Team page beginning Tuesday, November 8th and running through Thursday, November 10th.  Utilizing G-Team’s collective action model, Groupon followers can pledge support for the Educational Shakespeariences initiative in which each increment of $9 helps to fund a theater trip for one student in an underserved classroom environment.

Objectives for this project are to provide fee subsidies and complimentary tickets to Orlando schools in need, reaching a minimum of 2,000 students. “The goal of this campaign is to address the problem of increasingly limited funds for arts programs in public schools,” said Shannon Lacek, Managing Director. “We are excited to create additional awareness for Orlando Shakespeare Theater as one of the first organizations in Orlando to be featured on G-Team.”

Based on recent case studies, access to the performing arts engages the imagination and helps young people develop language-arts skills, fosters meaningful connections with professional adults and celebrates the process of learning, taking risks and challenging expectations. To further engage students and extend learning beyond the classroom, Orlando Shakes provides teachers with comprehensive curriculum guides that match Florida Sunshine State Standards. 100% of the G-Team campaign proceeds will be used to provide innovative arts experiences to Central Florida teens.

“Students who attend an Orlando Shakes production also receive the opportunity to participate in a post-show discussion with the cast, allowing them to interact with the arts on a level that is not always possible in the classroom,” said Anne Hering, Director of Education. “In this way, the Educational Shakespearience inspires students to complete the connection between literacy and attending theater.”

G-Team, launched in July 2010 in Chicago, features a weekly local campaign in more than 65 markets nationwide, enabling Groupon followers to do good, have fun, and make a real impact in their communities. G-Team uses collective action to gather support for worthwhile causes and produce tangible results for local organizations. To learn more about G-Team and how to become a featured organization, visit http://www.groupon.com/g-team.

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Now celebrating its 23rd season, Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed Equity theaters producing bold professional theater in Central Florida. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director Shannon Lacek, Orlando Shakespeare Theater continues to achieve the highest standards, while preserving its artistic and cultural legacy. Through PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Shakespeare Theater is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new plays. Orlando Shakes also provides innovative educational experiences through its youth education programming, serving over 25,000 young people, families, and schools annually.
Source:Melissa Mason
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