UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES CHILDREN’S THEATRE

August 2018

Storytelling has been employed through the centuries to communicate making emotional connections. As stories were passed down first orally then through written words and symbols, theatrics and improvisation were added that transcend language barriers.

 

Now younger generations will learn how to communicate redemptive storytelling as PBA Children’s Theatre opens this year.

“PBA Children’s Theatre will offer something new to South Florida — a quality K-12 educational and theatrical preparatory program offered by an American university,” said Associate Professor of Theatre Allen McCoy.

McCoy has been involved with Christian Musical Theatre, a non-profit group that produced and performed at Palm Beach Atlantic’s Fern Street Theatre since 2013. He joined PBA in 2012 and has more than 30 years of experience acting, directing, producing and teaching. As a member of Actor’s Equity Association, he has held acting contracts with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Court Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Drury Lane Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Boarshead Theatre, Orlando Repertory, Universal Studios and the Walt Disney World Resort. He has held the artistic director position for Circle Theatre Company in Orlando, and the Timestep Players in Chicago.

He has served as director of education at both the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Ocala Civic Theatre in Florida. He has directed over 40 productions and has served as production manager, fight choreographer and movement coach for numerous others. Prior to joining Palm Beach Atlantic, McCoy taught theatre at Seminole State College and the University of Central Florida. McCoy will serve as director of the PBA Children’s Theatre.

“Equipping children to use their gifts and talents to glorify God through theatre arts is a mission fit for Palm Beach Atlantic University,” President William M. B. Fleming, Jr., said. “Bringing this children’s theatre program into the University aligns so well with PBA’s mission and strategic plan. The program increases the spiritual vitality of the University as it enhances our engaged learning environment by providing opportunities for undergraduate students to teach, lead and mentor youngsters.”

PBA Children's Theatre will launch its first production, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” in December. The cost to participate for this fall production is $425 per student plus a registration fee. Spring and summer event dates will be announced soon as well as details about the PBA Children’s Theatre Touring Group. The cost to be part of the touring group is $250 per semester. To learn more or to register, call Becky Saunders (561) 803-2420 or email theatre_@pba.edu.

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