Students Become Energy-Saving Superheroes Through Interactive Show

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Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and the National Theatre for Children (NTC) have collaborated to educate and inspire Florida students on the importance of energy conservation with the engaging “Captain Wattage” show.

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.

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have collaborated to educate and inspire Florida students on the importance of energy conservation with the engaging “Captain Wattage” show. From Sept. 17 through Nov. 9, professional actors from NTC will visit elementary schools with live performances of “Captain Wattage,” sparking conversations on energy efficiency in classrooms throughout FPL’s service area.

“FPL has sponsored live theater performances like 'Captain Wattage' for the past 13 years in schools across Florida," said Pamela Rauch, vice president of external affairs and economic development for FPL. "The show reaches more than 50,000 students a year, creating awareness of the importance of energy efficiency at a young age. Supporting programs like this is part of our company’s commitment to education and enriching Florida students’ experiences as they relate to being environmentally conscious and keeping our state beautiful.”

The show focuses on what energy is, the ways it can be wasted and how to conserve it for future generations. The live program revolves around Captain Wattage, a superhero who learns that the notorious Vivica Voltage has been leaving lights on all over the city. With the help of student volunteers, as well as colorful characters like Iona Badge and Mrs. Ellie Mentry, Captain Wattage sets off to learn about energy conservation and stop Vivica.

“Live theatre is a great way to educate,” said 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 online student playbooks and teacher guides as well as digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the show. FPL sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts.

For a complete list of schools and locations on the tour, contact Eddie Eames at eeames(at)ntccorporate.com or 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. The organization works 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. The 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, NTC presents 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, NTC helps clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities. Visit http://www.NTCcorporate.com.

About Florida Power & Light Company

Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric company in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million+ people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and among the lowest in the U.S. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all electric companies nationwide. The company was recognized in 2017 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International for the fourth consecutive year. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,700 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc., a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2018 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: http://www.NextEraEnergy.com, http://www.FPL.com, http://www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

Please direct inquiries to:

Eddie Eames
Marketing Director
The National Theatre for Children
eeames(at)ntccorporate.com

Maureen Wilt
Education Program Manager
Florida Power & Light Company
maureen.wilt(at)fpl.com

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