Captain Wattage sparks Florida students’ love for energy conservation through educational and inspiring live show
The National Theatre for Children
Client Services Representative
Florida Power & Light Company
Media Line: 561-694-4442
JUNO BEACH, Fla. – 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.”
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving approximately 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 25 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2016, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the seventh year in a row. FPL’s nationally recognized service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2016 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), 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 2017 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: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.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.