General FAQs:

All of NTC’s programs are completely free thanks to the generous support of sponsors who fund our programming for schools within their communities.
Seriously – there is no catch. There are no hidden costs or products being sold. Everything’s simply covered as a result of the funding from our sponsors.
Our programs come with digital and/or printed educational materials that expand upon the content covered in the show. And no – there’s no cost for the materials either! All of our programs align with state educational standards and pair excellently with what students are learning in class.

You have three options:

  • Go online to nationaltheatre.com and click ‘Schedule a Show.’
  • Email [email protected]
  • Call our offices at 1-800-858-3999 ext. 1.

Livestream Special FAQs:

Elementary school shows last for 35 minutes, middle school shows last for 45 minutes and high school shows last for 40 minutes.

- We recommend our elementary school programs for grades K-6, middle school programs for grades 6-8 and high school programs for grades 9-12. However, there is flexibility for age-appropriate content around grades 5-6 and 8-9.

- For elementary programs, there will be specified livestream performances for grades K-2 vs 3-6.

In the K-2 version, the live host will cater the interactive elements of the presentation toward a younger audience. The 3-5 version will be a bit more advanced, including more challenging questions and further educational information suited for older viewers. The filmed scenes in both shows, however, are exactly the same.

If your school can only come to one show, that's okay! Just keep in mind that the host's discussion prompts might resonate a little differently with varying ages.

No, this is not a two-way video call. While our show broadcasts live through our streaming platform, it presents as a video that your students and teachers simply click to view. The interactivity of the show happens through our host who prompts pop quizzes and poses questions for the viewers. Viewers are also invited to type questions and comments into a comment box on the webpage where the video is playing. Our host will see these questions and comments and respond to audience input throughout the live show.

After you schedule, an emailed link will be provided to easily connect to the livestream. You will share this link with your school. All you need is a connection to the internet and somewhere for the students to watch. If classes are watching from classrooms, we recommend using the fewest devices/screens possible to tune in – both for the best collective experience, and to minimize strain on your school’s network.

Yes. After scheduling, the link that you’ll be provided is unique to your school. However, everyone in your school community can use and share that same link.

The livestream show was tailored to be viewed by individual classrooms, students from home – or both! Our platform supports unlimited viewers, and multiple schools will be tuning in at the same time.

No. Our platform supports unlimited viewers, and multiple schools will be tuning in at the same time.

The streaming platform we're using is called Boxcast, but the video will be housed on our own website, NTCplayworks.com.

Yes, this is possible. However, the sound and video quality may not be as good as it would be with the students viewing individually.

Instead, we'd recommend that teachers set up their Zoom calls or digital classroom normally, but ask each student to separately click open the livestream link in another tab. As long as everyone is muted, each student can see and hear the show on their individual device while still being on a call together.

No. We are not asking for sign-in information or collecting any personal data. All anyone has to do to view the show is to click the link and watch the stream.

For further information, see our privacy policy at https://ntcplayworks.com/privacy-policy/.

We can help your school schedule more than one date/multiple time options for your teachers if necessary. However, our scheduling system is based on the school as a whole, not individual teachers booking for individual classrooms. We wish to coordinate scheduling all at once, with designated people who share information and links to participating teachers.

Please, speak with us! We have various options for flexibility that we can discuss with you. The more we learn about your specific needs, the better we can figure out a solution for you – let's chat.

In-School Show FAQs

- Elementary school shows last for 25 minutes, middle school shows last for 40 minutes and high school shows last for 45 minutes.

- The actors arrive to the school about 30 minutes before the show’s scheduled start time to set everything up in the performance space. If you have more than one show scheduled, it takes about 10 minutes between shows for the actors to re-set and for the student groups to transition.

Any room that is large enough to comfortably seat your students and provide space for the actors to perform – cafeterias, gymnasiums, libraries, classrooms, you name it!

You won’t have to provide anything except a location for the show to take place. The actors will bring everything else they need.

- We recommend our elementary school programs for grades K-6, middle school programs for grades 6-8 and high school programs for grades 9-12. However, there is flexibility for age-appropriate content around grades 5-6 and 8-9.

- Just so everyone can see and hear, we prefer to accommodate no more than 350 students per performance. For larger student populations, we’d be happy to do multiple performances back-to-back.