The SLCT Children’s Theater was established to entertain first grade and kindergarten students in the Chandler school system. Our first show was in the spring of 2010 with “The Fisherman and His Wife” and was performed with minimal costuming and set, under the direction of Roger Edmonds. After a successful season, we decided to focus on productions of material by Dr. Seuss. Performances now include “Horton Hears a Who” and “Horton Hatches the Egg” which alternate every year. The group performs in Chandler elementary schools in January, February, and March, ending the week of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Bringing theater to the schools, especially those in underprivileged areas, allows students to experience live theater, often for the very first time.
Each year, we perform at about 22 schools and reach, on average, approximately 2,000 kindergarten and first grade students. In addition, we perform at the Sun Lakes annual Easter Parade held in Cottonwood. We also use these productions as a learning opportunity for many of our members who may never have acted on stage before. Over the years, we have increased the sophistication of our production with better costumes, portable sets and sound system. Our success is shown by the fact that schools rush to book our show each year before all the available time slots are taken.