Wednesday, July 26, 2017
About Us Educational Outreach

Educational Outreach

The Stampede Troupes' production of A Christmas Carol marked our 12th production for area students.  Since 2002  the Troupe has been bringing students to special performances only for them during the school days. For many of the students this is the first live production they have ever seen and we hope it is not the last live production they see in their lives.

We invite the students to participate, as our outreach program is so much more than "just seeing a show".  We have developed curriculum to match with the Colorado State Reading Standards for A Christmas Carol (7 years), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (2007),  Miracle on 34th Street, Amahl and the Night Visitors and again for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 2010, Charlotte's Web 2011,
Facts about our Schools shows:

1. More than 22,000 students have attended our December shows.
2. Over 19,500 books given to students. (Started in our 3rd year)
3. Curriculum developed and matched to Colorado State Standards for all shows
4. Make up demostrations and back stage tours given to homeschool groups and girl scouts.

We have put in thousands of hours on our December production for the students the letters we receive from the students makes it all worth the effort.  While we receive hundreds of letters each year from the students the letter below stands out as to why we believe so much in our education outreach program.  (The name has been left off for privacy.)

This is kinda late but I wanted to send you a note and tell you how wonderful this event was and how meaningful it turned out to be. I had originally made reservations for my husband, me and two daughters. On the day of the play, my husband wasn’t feel so great so we invited a little boy that Ashley plays with. This little boy (9 years old) is extremely well mannered, well behaved and well adjusted in spite of the fact that his mother is in jail on drug charges and his father who is taking care of him is unemployed and an alcoholic.

He was very excited just to be going somewhere. He sat, intently; incredibly focused on the lady giving the talk about make-up (my kid was not so focused). As we left that room and made our way to the theater, he was given a book of The Christmas Carol. I heard him tell Ashley not to tear the pages. I asked him why and he told me because we had to give the books back in good condition. I nearly cried at the sight of his face when I told him he got to keep the book. He spent the rest of the day protecting that book. When we got there, he stared in wonder at the theater. I don’t think he has ever seen one.

Everything was incredible to this child. After the play, he got only one autograph – that of Mr. Cratchet. I decided not to ask why he picked that Character but I think he related to him or perhaps he looked at Mr. Cratchet as he would like his father to be. Who knows?

We all enjoyed the play and the tour and the class about makeup. But none of us enjoyed it as much as this little boy. Thank you for putting the event together and giving to a little boy an experience he will never forget. Who knows, he may become a great playwright some day.
The Stampede has much to be proud of over our 36 year history; however, our educational outreach program is something very special to us.
The student shows are kept as inexpensive as possible so the students are able to attend. However, it is with great community support that our out reach program has been as successful as it is.  Only with the support of many in our community the gift to the students of the books are possible.  We invite you to be part of this wonderful program for the students.  If you would like to sponsor students please email The Stampede Troupe for information on how you can help or you may mail your donation to The Stampede Troupe, P.O. Box 1956, Greeley CO 80632

Support local community theatre this year! Your support is vital to our longevity in the area.

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