Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire Florida students and their families. From January 16 to March 9, professional actors from NTC will visit 74 elementary schools with live performances of Captain Wattage, sparking conversations on energy efficiency in classrooms throughout FPL’s service area. The program will focus on:
• What energy and electricity are
• Uses of energy
• Ways in which energy is wasted
• How to conserve energy
The live program revolves around Captain Wattage, a superhero who discovers that the evil Vivica Voltage is wasting energy 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 stop Vivica.
In addition to live performances, the program includes digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the live shows. FPL sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts.
“Live theatre is a fantastic 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.”