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San Carlos Schools and Children's Theater Form New Partnership

Mustang Hall in Central Middle School will be the new home of the San Carlos Children's Theater.

The San Carlos School District (SCSD) and the San Carlos Children's Theater (SCCT) have announced a unique new partnership, which school officials believe will benefit thousands of students in the city.

According to a statement released by SCSD, among other things, the partnership will: 

  • provide greater learning opportunities for SCSD students through enhanced curriculum and services
  • extend the use of SCSD facilities aligned with the district's 21st Century Learning goals
  • provide a "home" for SCCT in Mustang Hall at Central Middle School 
  • generate additional revenue for SCSD while providing financially viable growth opportunities for SCCT 

Central Middle School already has added a drama elective to its range of class offerings, with the district planning to add drama at Tierra Linda Middle School as well. In addition, SCCT main stage productions will be held in Mustang Hall at Central Middle School throughout the year, making Mustang Hall the new home of the San Carlos Children’s Theater.

The San Carlos Children’s Theater is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization committed to educating youth in all aspects of theater production. SCCT offers drama courses, workshops and camps, custom programs and full stage productions for creative enrichment, while teaching the fundamentals of the performing arts, including acting, singing, dancing, stage and technical production.

Eron Block, SCCT's artistic director is pleased about the partnership.

"The performing arts are such an integral part of a person’s education, as they help build and develop teamwork, communication, confidence, problem solving, critical and creative thinking skills. The San Carlos Children's Theater is proud and honored to be able to provide this type of learning to the San Carlos community through our partnership with the school district. Theater and the performing arts are a first century phenomenon whose skills are more than relevant in the 21st century."

"Theater is amazing and one of my favorite classes,” said Chloe Sharratt, a sixth grader at Central Middle School.

“I love being onstage and working with improv. I like theater because you can use your imagination in ways you can't in other classes."

Chloe's mom, Jen Sharratt added, "My daughter had never been interested in theater, but we are so glad she took it, because she comes home every day talking about the fun things they did in theater class."  

“A core aspect of the District's mission and vision for its students is that they grow up to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, risk-takers, designers, collaborators, and innovators.  What better way to give children these kinds of experiences than through theater?” stated Dr. Craig Baker, Superintendent of the San Carlos School District.

"This partnership is an example of the amazing community we have in San Carlos and our ability to bring together resources to better serve all children and strengthen our school district," said Seth Rosenblatt, President of the San Carlos School Board. "It is another powerful way we can support our mission of engaging the whole child."

Both San Carlos Children’s Theater and the San Carlos School District encourage all to attend the upcoming SCCT production, "The Dracula Kidds" November 9-18, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 1:00 PM.

For more information, contact the San Carlos School District (650) 508-7333 cbaker@sancarlos.k12.ca.us 

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