Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Venice Theatre

Contact: Kristofer Geddie
941-488-1115 x247

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 30

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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Within the theatre there are jobs for master electricians and carpenters, salesmen, accountants, marketing specialists, IT support, web developers, educators, and executive management – just to name a few – as well as actors, directors, and designers. A myriad of careers is possible within the world of theatre! Venice Theatre provides STEM education!

“What sets apart traditional STEM learning from Theatre’s STEAM learning is the collaborative nature of theatre!”

This collaborative nature demands individuals use the reasoning and logic of the left brain simultaneously with the creativity and intuition of the right brain. And aren’t those the type of students that will become our future leaders? It is good to develop students who will build airplanes, but don’t we want students who can also IMAGINE an airplane in the first place! When students interested in science, math, technology, and engineering experience the “nuts and bolts” of things, they see the world, and their potential, differently. Suddenly the sky is no longer the limit!

“Why STEAM and not just STEM?”

Students involved in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in math-science fairs, to win awards for writing…and three times more likely to be elected to class offices, win attendance award, and go on to higher education. And that is not all! Students who study performing arts learn to communicate through creative expression, work as a team, think outside the box, and solve problems while simultaneously seeing life’s experience in a historical and humanitarian way.

“What is a Career Exploration?”

Understanding the connection between what is being taught, career aspirations, and personal passions is not only essential to increased student achievement but also to the development of a trained community-based workforce. Even those students interested in careers in the arts begin to understand the need to take upper level science, math, and technology courses in high school because they see (and experience) how the content can actually be applied. A career exploration is simply about showing how school knowledge transfers to the real world and job market.

“The Exploration!”

This exploration will provide learning that reinforces classroom experiences; exposes students to a real-world workplace environment, and allows explorations of career options. The goal is to demonstrate the application of math, science, and technology in the theatre’s technical and creative disciplines. A Tour and Discussion will be complemented with a hands-on activity. The careers that will be addressed are those included in a production team: Set design and construction, Lighting design and construction, Costume design and construction, Sound design and mixing, Marketing and publications, Acting, Directing, Business management and Technology, and Education.

Title of the Hands-On Activity: “So Now You Are the PRODUCTION TEAM!” (90 minutes – maximum of 30 students)

Description of Hands-on Activity:

The students will read a short play that will be sent prior to the field trip. The hands-on activity will be an application of this play:

When at Venice Theatre, the students will be split into groups according to their area of interests in the following  five disciplines:

  1. Marketing and PR        (Design Element: How to sell the show and design poster)
  2. Set design                      (Design Element:  Designing the set and creating the ground plan)
  3. Sound                             (Design Element: Design and mixing)
  4. Costumes                       (Design Element:  Create a character’s costume)
  5. Lighting                          (Design Element: Choose the look and mood of the story)

When in their groups, students will then complete the design element indicated above, appropriate to the discipline, and then discuss how each element works together.

If time permits, an acting activity will be added to the exploration.

So Be Prepared to have lots of fun while learning as per the video below!!!

THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY is serving as the coordinating organization for the EdExploreSRQ Interactive (or Experiential) Career Series.


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