Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and the National Theatre for Children (NTC) have collaborated to educate and inspire Florida students on the importance of energy conservation with the engaging “Captain Wattage” show. From now through Nov. 9, professional actors from NTC are visiting elementary schools with live performances of “Captain Wattage,” sparking conversations on energy efficiency in classrooms throughout FPL’s service area.
“FPL has sponsored live theater performances like ‘Captain Wattage’ for the past 13 years in schools across Florida,” said Pamela Rauch, vice president of external affairs and economic development for FPL. “The show reaches more than 50,000 students a year, creating awareness of the importance of energy efficiency at a young age. Supporting programs like this is part of our company’s commitment to education and enriching Florida students’ experiences as they relate to being environmentally conscious and keeping our state beautiful.”
The show focuses on what energy is, the ways it can be wasted and how to conserve it for future generations. The live program revolves around Captain Wattage, a superhero who learns that the notorious Vivica Voltage has been leaving lights on all over the city. With the help of student volunteers, as well as colorful characters like Iona Badge and Ellie Mentry, Captain Wattage sets off to learn about energy conservation and stop Vivica.
“Live theatre is a great way to educate,” NTC President and Founder Ward Eames said. “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.”
The program also includes online student playbooks and teacher guides, as well as digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the show. FPL sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts.