“Studies show that kids coming to theater helps with empathy, it helps them see the world through another person’s eyes. That is incredibly important for any community, whether it is children or adults.”
By Heather Osbourne | 315-4440 | @heatheronwfdn | email@example.com
MIRAMAR BEACH — The Emerald Coast Theatre Company is preparing to transport audiences to new worlds, times and dimensions with three new musicals this holiday season.
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company, a non-profit organization in Miramar Beach, is dedicated to “inspiring, educating and empowering the community and artists of all ages to achieve the highest level of cultural excellence.”
The Theatre Company was founded in 2012 by the husband and wife team of Nathanael and Anna Fisher. The couple moved home to the Emerald Coast following graduate school and, after realizing the need for theater programs for elementary and middle school students, they started the company.
“Studies show that kids coming to theater helps with empathy, it helps them see the world through another person’s eyes,” Nathanael said. “That is incredibly important for any community, whether it is children or adults.”
The non-profit’s performances and classes operate on a three-tier system: Professional Programing, Educational Programing and Theatre for Young Audiences.
The first tier works with hired actors, putting on professional musicals and plays for the public.
The educational tier works with students from 1st through 10th grade, teaching and allowing children to star in musicals or plays during the trimester.
Finally, the Theatre for Young Audiences are age-appropriate musicals and plays performed by professional actors for students.
This trimester of performances kicks off Nov. 3-4 with the teen class performing “The Addams Family” musical comedy.
Next, the elementary students will perform “Disney’s Aristocrats Kids” on Nov. 10-11.
On Dec. 7 though Dec. 23, the professionals will perform the musical “A Wrinkle in Time,” based off the best selling book by Madeleine L’Engle.
The Theatre Company currently has 50 adult members and 120 children enrolled in its educational programing. For the next trimester, over 900 students are planning to attend Theatre for Young Audiences.
“Theater is a way to get recharged, unplugged and enlightened,” Nathanael said. “The teen group will be doing ‘High School Musical’ during the spring, the kids group will be doing ‘Willy Wonka’ and our professional programing will continue with the ‘Amish Project’.”
On Oct. 19, the Theatre Company will host a Lip Sync Battle fundraiser at 560 Grand Boulevard. Tickets to perform are $25 per person and registration and song choice must be submitted by Oct. 17. Tickets to attend the event are $23 per person.
“We’re a non-profit, so we do rely on donations, partners and memberships,” Nathanael said. “Our education programing is tuition-based and we do have a scholarship program.”
Visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org for more information.