California Students Laugh, Learn Thanks to Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Please direct inquiries to:
Matt Levine
Client Services Representative
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Lisa Morgan-Perales
Senior Water Resources Analyst
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Inland Empire, CA. – Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire California students and their families. From January 22 to March 2, professional actors from NTC will visit 50 elementary schools with live performances of Men in Plaid: The Water Files, sparking conversations on water conservation in classrooms throughout IEUA’s service area.

The program will focus on the uses of water, the importance of water, ways in which water is wasted, and how to conserve water.

The live program revolves around Agents Moldy and Skuller of the Men in Plaid bureau, who discover that the notorious Slug is wasting water all over the universe. With the help of student volunteers, as well as colorful characters like Ooot Blatuu from Planet Grum, Agents Moldy and Skuller set off to stop the Slug.

In addition to live performances, the program includes student playbooks (print and online versions), teacher guides, e-books, and digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the live shows. IEUA and its partnering retail agencies sponsor 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 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.”

“Educating students on water related topics is imperative,” stated IEUA Board President Steve Elie. “By educating them in a fun, exciting way, we are encouraging students to be enthusiastic about the learning process while inspiring them to take action in becoming environmental stewards and also providing them with tools to protect our water resources now and for the future.”

For a complete list of schools and locations on the tour, contact Matt Levine at [email protected]. For more information on The National Theatre for Children, visit:

About Inland Empire Utilities Agency
Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA/Agency) is a regional wastewater treatment agency and wholesale distributor of imported water. Today, the Agency is responsible for serving approximately 875,000 people over 242 square miles in western San Bernardino County. The Agency is focused on providing four key services: (1) securing and supplying imported water; (2) collecting and treating wastewater; (3) producing high-quality renewable products such as recycled water, compost and energy; and (4) promoting sustainable use of groundwater and devlopment of local water supplies.

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.