Alice's Story

Alice’s Story Workshops Empower Our Students

“New York City Children’s Theater’s anti-bullying program Alice’s Story visited our classrooms to empower our students to deal effectively with bullying. Last year our third and fifth graders participated in this amazing project. The strength of our collaboration with New York City Children’s Theater has helped us build an even stronger arts program in our school which is a testimony to how a great arts organization can work with schools to make a powerful impact on education and the lives of children.”

— Arts Coordinator, PS144Q


How the Program Works

When Deanna spreads a mean rumor about Alice at school, Alice is crushed. Will she learn how to safely deal with bullies, and will Maria, a classmate who witnesses the bullying, come to Alice’s defense? Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore the themes of empathy, kindness, and community building.

Two actor-educators visit a classroom and facilitate a 45-minute drama exploring the serious issue of bullying. The workshop includes moments of scripted performance, guided discussion and improvisation.

During the workshop, students function as:

  • Audience members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
  • Critical thinkers…as they brainstorm effective strategies to counteract bullying
  • Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing

Alice’s Story has three goals:

  1. To create safe learning environments for all students
  2. To cultivate communities of respect and inclusion
  3. To empower students to be agents of positive change

 

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NYCCT Anti-Bullying Programs Create a Safe Space

“Schools should be more proactive rather than reactive in addressing bullying. A live interactive performance is a powerful tool providing a voice for children who may not have developed language on how to address bullying. When students participate in a New York City Children’s Theater anti-bullying workshop it creates a space to talk about their own experiences with bullying in a way that is safe for them because they instantly recognize these characters. These kinds of programs allow students to identify with their own fears and experiences with bullying while providing concrete skills on what to do if they are being bullied. They also set up a platform for discussion within the school on how to address bullying while empowering the students to help make choices for themselves, their peers and school community

— Javier A. Sanchez, LMSW


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Students were Eager to Participate in NYCCT Anti-Bullying Programs

“Thank you again for facilitating an anti-bullying workshop [of Alice’s Story], where the students were eager to participate and knew that their opinions were valued. I appreciate your presenting on this topic in a peer education format, which exposed the students to several strategies that they consider utilizing when faced with bullying. Thank you again.”

— Parent Coordinator, Harlem Link Charter School

How the Program Works

When Deanna spreads a mean rumor about Alice at school, Alice is crushed. Will she learn how to safely deal with bullies, and will Maria, a classmate who witnesses the bullying, come to Alice’s defense? Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore the themes of empathy, kindness, and community building.

During the workshop, students function as:

  • Audience members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
  • Critical thinkers…as they brainstorm effective strategies to counteract bullying
  • Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing

 

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Kids Really Connect with NYCCT Education Programs

“The program exceeded our expectations. Other programs have come in and we’ve had a really bad experience because they didn’t really connect with the kids. You guys really did. We hope we can get you back next year.”

— Teacher, PS110


NYCCT Education Programs

New York City Children’s Theater is the premier arts-in-education provider for elementary school age children. Our programs have served over 60,000 students in over 450 schools and community centers.

New York City Children’s Theater’s residencies, workshops, assembly programs and multimedia musicals use theater and music to inspire and educate children in grades PreK-5.


 

 

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Students were Engaged

“On behalf of The Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, I would like to thank you and all your performers for the fantastic workshops this week. I received such positive feedback from both teachers and students in all grades. The students were engaged throughout the entire presentation and truly enjoyed the workshop. I look forward to continuing to work with you and your organization in May and hopefully the coming years!”

— Teacher, Staten Island School of Civic Leadership


More about Our Anti-Bullying Programs

Alice’s Story

When Deanna spreads a mean rumor about Alice at school, Alice is crushed. Will she learn how to safely deal with bullies, and will Maria, a classmate who witnesses the bullying, come to Alice’s defense? Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore the themes of empathy, kindness, and community building.

During the workshop, students function as:

  • Audience members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
  • Critical thinkers…as they brainstorm effective strategies to counteract bullying
  • Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing

Fair and Square

After losing the school spelling bee to Roberta, McKayla accuses her of cheating. When Robert learns she might lose her award she takes matters into her own hands, placing the two of them in serious trouble. Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore themes of conflict management, actions and consequences, and peer-pressure.

During the workshop, students function as:

  • Audience members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
  • Critical thinkers…as they reflect on the scenes and use their own reasoning to draw conclusions
  • Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing

 

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Fair and Square Leaves “Everlasting” Impact on Bullying

“It is with so much enthusiasm and a heart filled with appreciation that I thank you for putting on such a fantastic show for our students at P.S. 19 in Brooklyn. Our students loved the interactive Fair and Square performance put on by Rachel, Michelle, and Chris. These performers truly took this amazing theme to an entirely new level which of course made such a big difference in the lives of our fifth graders. Even though your show took place about six weeks ago, the effects of it seem to be everlasting. The important topic of bullying is one that really needs to be addressed in more New York City schools. I am quite certain that a show like this can improve any school with bullying issues. Please know how grateful I am to see that this show made quite an impression on our youngsters. Many thanks again.”

— Fifth-Grade Teacher, PS 19 Brooklyn


More about Fair and Square

After losing the school spelling bee to Roberta, McKayla accuses her of cheating. When Robert learns she might lose her award she takes matters into her own hands, placing the two of them in serious trouble. Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore themes of conflict management, actions and consequences, and peer-pressure.

During the workshop, students function as:

  • Audience members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
  • Critical thinkers…as they reflect on the scenes and use their own reasoning to draw conclusions
  • Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing

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NYCCT Anti-Bullying Programs Creates a Caring Community

“Through role playing, the actors appeal to the students’ empathy and creativity in solving real-life bullying problems. The experience has definitely added to our effort to create a caring community where bullying doesn’t happen

— Teacher at VOICE Charter School, Queens

New York City Children’s Theater is a leader in educational programming that engages students through theater and role-play. Kids have a great time while learning valuable lessons on dealing with difficult situations whether they are being bullied or just witnessing bullying in their school or community.

More about Fair and Square

After losing the school spelling bee to Roberta, McKayla accuses her of cheating. When Robert learns she might lose her award she takes matters into her own hands, placing the two of them in serious trouble. Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore themes of conflict management, actions and consequences, and peer-pressure.

During the workshop, students function as:

  • Audience members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
  • Critical thinkers…as they reflect on the scenes and use their own reasoning to draw conclusions
  • Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing

 


 

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NYCCT Education Programs Teach Students to Work Together

“I believe that the New York City Children’s Theater program was essential in getting our students to learn how to work together.

— Fourth Grade Teacher, PS155


NYCCT Education Programs

New York City Children’s Theater is the premier arts-in-education provider for elementary school age children. Our programs have served over 60,000 students in over 450 schools and community centers.

New York City Children’s Theater’s residencies, workshops, assembly programs and multimedia musicals use theater and music to inspire and educate children in grades PreK-5.


 

 

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