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Bring Carousel Players to your child's school

The Impact of Live Theatre Lasts A Lifetime!

Carousel Players creates our shows because we believe in the impact the live performing arts have on children – and we’re not the only ones! Studies performed by theatres for young audiences show that attending live theatre performances helps kids to

  • retain education information,
  • improve communication skills,
  • cope with depression and anxiety, and
  • build empathy.

Engaging with live performance and drama classes is proven to

  • increase academic performance,
  • decrease stress, and
  • create a sense of belonging and hope for the future!

Watching and taking part in the performing arts encourages kids to

  • explore their emotions,
  • expand their imagination, and
  • develop their unique voice.

At Carousel Players, we create touring plays and classroom resources to ensure that the children in our audiences can access all these benefits right in the school where they spend their day!

How it works

Carousel Players’ touring shows travel across Niagara, Hamilton, Halton, and Brant to bring professional theatre performances to students in their schools – no need for a field trip!

Our live performances are presented in the school gym or theatre, while our digital show is available to stream right into classrooms. All bookings include classroom resources for teachers to extend the educational benefit of the performances (learn more here).

2024-2025 School Year Shows

NiNagamoon
September 2024
for grades 1 – 3
in person cultural sharing

Pop! Pop!
October 2024 & April/May 2025
for ages 2 – 4
in person performance

Simon Half & Half
November 2024
for Grades 7-10
in person performance
with educational resources

Hare & Tortoise
April & May 2025
for grades K – 5
in person performance

*distance fee may apply for in-school performances at schools outside of Niagara/Hamilton/Halton Regions.

Email our sales manager for info on school performance funding support. We can help you save 10 – 100% of the cost dependant on available funding. 

MULTI-SHOW DISCOUNTS!

Schools that book more save more!
Schools get 10% off when they book two shows and 20% off when they book all three.

Discounts will be calculated once all bookings have been confirmed.

Tips & Tricks from Other Parents

Cost Savings Tip #1: Bring neighbouring schools together for one performance! Carousel Players can perform for up to 250 children, so if your school has a big gym you can invite another school to enjoy the show and share the cost.

Cost Savings Tip #2: Ask parents to contribute part of the fee. Our shows are suitable for 3 grades each. If your school has three classes per grade, the cost for a live performance is around $3.90 per student. One twoonie from each student will cover more than half the fee!

Fundraising Tip #1: Approach your school’s Parent Council to see if they have funds for arts programs.

Fundraising Tip #2: Host a small event with proceeds going towards the cost of the performance. A car wash or rummage sale perhaps?

Fundraising Tip #3: Have a local organization or business sponsor a performance and then invite them to see the performance as a thank you! If they donate the funds directly to Carousel Players, they’ll receive a charitable tax receipt for their support of your school.

bring drama education classes to your school!

We are always looking for schools who would like to host our After School Drama Program. This is an eight week program of high-energy drama games and activities for elemetary students. The class sizes are capped at 12 children.

Carousel Players will provide all the program materials and a trained arts educator for each class. All a school needs to provide is one room per age (grades 1 to 3 and grades 4 to 6) group with enough open floor space for twelve children to move around. The room will be needed for 75 minutes after the final bell: 15 minutes for students to make their way to the class plus 1 hour for the lesson. We ask that the room be dedicated to the program for all eight weeks to give the students a consistent destination. A classroom is not suitable for this program unless there is ample space to use the room without needing to move students’ desks.

Email our Education Coordinator to learn more about how you can bring the After School Drama Program to your child’s school.