North Carolina Students Laugh, Learn Thanks to Piedmont Natural Gas

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Piedmont Natural Gas and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire North Carolina students and their families.

The National Theatre for Children

Live theatre is a great way to educate. The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes.

Piedmont Natural Gas and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire North Carolina students and their families. From September 24 to November 9, professional actors from NTC will visit elementary schools with live performances of "Once Upon a Flame," sparking conversations on natural gas efficiency and safety in classrooms throughout the Piedmont Natural Gas service area.

The program will focus on:

  • How we use natural gas
  • The geology and history of natural gas
  • How to conserve natural gas
  • How to be safe around natural gas

The live program is set in a fairy-tale world and follows TinkerFred, who discovers that the Wicked Witch of the Upper Northwest has been wasting natural gas. With the help of student volunteers, as well as colorful characters like Little Blue Riding Hood and Scratching Beauty, TinkerFred sets out to learn about natural gas and stop the Wicked Witch.

“Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC president and founder Ward Eames. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them.”

In addition to live performances, the program includes student playbooks (both print and online versions), teacher guides, infographic posters, and digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the live shows. Piedmont Natural Gas sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts.

“Sponsoring this program is one of the ways Piedmont Natural Gas promotes our messages of energy conservation and safety,” said Barbara Ashford, director of community relations for Piedmont Natural Gas. “It’s never too early to introduce these concepts, and we’re proud to help give students an engaging, enriching experience.”

For a complete list of schools and locations on the tour, contact Matt Levine at mlevine(at)ntccorporate.com. For more information on The National Theatre for Children, visit: http://www.nationaltheatre.com.

About The National Theatre for Children

NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. We work directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviors and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level.

Our award-winning educational programs are provided free for schools and are customizable to accommodate specific messages and goals for clients. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, we present topics such as energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, STEM, water and environmental stewardship, and health and social responsibility in ways that engage and empower students. In doing so, we are helping our clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities.

Visit http://www.NTCcorporate.com.

Please direct inquiries to:
Matt Levine
Client Services Representative
mlevine(at)ntccorporate.com

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