‘Once Upon a Flame’ Theatre Program Energizes Charlotte Area Students

Natural Gas Theatre show

PSNC Energy and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire North Carolina students and their families by bringing energetic, science-based live performances into local elementary schools. From Oct.15 to Nov. 16, professional actors from NTC will visit over 40 elementary schools to perform Once Upon a Flame, sparking conversations on natural gas efficiency and safety in classrooms throughout PSNC Energy’s service area.

The program will focus on:

  • How we use natural gas
  • The geology and history of natural gas
  • How to conserve natural gas
  • How to be safe around natural gas

The live program is set in a fairy-tale world and follows TinkerFred, who discovers that the Wicked Witch of the Upper Northwest has been wasting natural gas. With the help of student volunteers, as well as colorful characters like Little Blue Riding Hood and Scratching Beauty, TinkerFred sets out to learn about natural gas and stop the Wicked Witch.

In addition to live performances, the program includes student playbooks (both print and online versions), teacher guides, infographic posters, and digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the live shows. PSNC Energy 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 great 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.”

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: www.nationaltheatre.com.

About PSNC Energy

PSNC Energy headquartered in Gastonia, N.C., is franchised to serve a 28-county service area in North Carolina. The utility distributes natural gas to more than 563,000 customers in 96 cities and communities, including the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas in the north central part of the state; the Concord, Statesville, Gastonia, and Forest City areas in the Piedmont; and the Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, and Sylva areas in the western part of the state. More information about PSNC Energy is available through the company’s web site at psncenergy.com, Twitter, Facebook.

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.

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