Education - Kids/Family - Nonprofit - Performing Arts - Recovery Fund Grantee - Theatre
Performances at 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Providing live theater experiences for children to build character and community.
A Theater For Children was founded in 2016 to serve the residents of Sonoma County. We wanted to preserve the Actor’s Theater For Children tradition of providing low-cost performances for children and to offer more opportunities for children to perform. We recognize that the theater arts provide children with life-changing opportunities to develop character and confidence, promote cooperation among multiple generations and build a diverse and vibrant community of individuals who value creativity and learning.
Participation in the magic of theater, whether behind the scenes or in front of an audience, sparks imagination and ingenuity and helps to build community and character. A Theater For Children provides quality affordable live entertainment to the community as well as opportunities for children to perform at local schools and in our mainstage shows.
Each year we produce at least two main stage productions. We use local talent. Our shows include well-loved interpretations of classic children’s literature, as well as contemporary stories and new works. Our first show was McQuadle: A Dragon’s Tale in March of 2017. In September 2017, we presented Cinderella, Cinderella, a participation play for children, with lots of exciting opportunities for children in the audience to get on stage and influence the unfolding of the story. In March 2018, we presented Dorothy & The Wizard of Oz, also a child participation play. In Fall 2018, we produced Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS at the Steele Lane Community Center and provided a special opportunity for children in the audience to participate in the Twilight Bark and Dalmatian Plantation song. In March 2019, we presented a new musical with an anti-bullying theme called Alex & The Magic Staff, by local artists Bridget Palmer and Peter B. Allen.
For the 2019-2020 Season, we received a Cultural Arts Grant from Creative Sonoma to support our theme of “Children Embracing Nature Through Theater Arts.” This grant supported our efforts to produce Disney’s Lion King KIDS in November 2019. The production included the theme of the balance of nature and incorporated audience participation with an African animal headband arts project for children and the inclusion of audience voices and movement. Our March 2020 production will also provide a nature theme and we will produce two site-specific versions of Disney’s Lion King KIDS at Bellevue and Kid Street Charter schools, including 60-80 children in each production, to inspire a school-wide appreciation for theater arts and respect for the balance of nature.
2020 will be our second year of providing a no-cost summer Drama camp for children served by our partner non-profits who support the development and well-being of children who are shelterless, in the foster care system, or who may be facing other significant challenges.
Who We Are
Staffed mostly by volunteers, ATFC is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, under the fiscal sponsorship of Inquiring Systems INC. (ISI) in Santa Rosa, CA. With their administrative support and the financial contributions of local partner organizations and individual sponsors, we hope to provide our services for many years to come.