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Syracuse Stage Provides Free Theatre to Children at Local Elementary Schools

Lauren Unbekant’s new play, Metamorphan, traveling to local schools in Central New York. Copyright: Poster design by Brenna Merritt, Syracuse Stage Graphic Designer, Spring 2017

Listen here to find out more about the show traveling around Central New York.

By Brendan Mortensen, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — From the middle of September to the middle of December, the Syracuse Stage will be spreading bugs all over Central New York. Students and professionals will travel to schools within a mile radius to take part in the Bank of America Children’s Tour. This year, the show is one written by Lauren Unbekant, director of education in the SU Drama Department. The show is called Metamorphan. 

Metamorphan is the story of a young boy named Gregory who struggles with bullying in school. He lives a miserable life in a foster home, where he is forced to live in the basement. Then his fortunes change with a little help from a magical janitor at his school. As Unbekant says, “he wakes up in the morning, and he’s a super sports beetle.”

Unbekant stressed the importance of exposing younger kids to theatre, saying that it sparks creativity and good inquisitive thinking. The teachers love it too, as they make lesson plans and study guides for the kids.

The show will be seen by over 10,000 students throughout the course of the next few weeks. The group travels to the different schools every Tuesday and Thursday morning. There will also be a performance this Saturday, November 4th, and the Syracuse Stage.

For more information, you can check out https://syracusestage.org/tours.php