Outreach

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

 

The Random Farms Kids' Theater is a not-for-profit organization that puts young people center stage. It is dedicated to creating a safe environment where children of all backgrounds are encouraged to discover the joy of theater within themselves -- on and off the stage. Through its programs, students develop an appreciation for arts and music, cultivate leadership and life skills, and build self-esteem. Random Farms further extends this impact beyond its own doors by providing community resources that increase access to the performing arts, and by motivating social change through live theater.

These values are embedded in all of our programming, and are especially integral to our outreach initiatives. Additionally, the outreach programs address three primary goals: Access, Diversity, and Civic Responsibility. Whether performing on stage or watching from the audience, the Random Farms outreach programs aim to teach children to connect with their peers, communities, and the world through the power of live theater.

 

 Reaching 7,000 students a year!

 

A Musical That Battles Bullying

Since 2008, young performers from Random Farms have toured to local schools to present the anti-bullying musical The New Kid. The goal of the show is to encourage students to consider the effects of bullying, to resist peer pressure that may lead to bullying, and to stand up for themselves in the face of bullying. Performances are followed by a Q&A with the cast, and teachers are encouraged to download study guides to help continue the conversation in the classroom. To date, The New Kid has reached more than 30,000 students in over 100 local schools.

To bring The New Kid to a school in your area, click here.

To audition for The New Kid, click here.

Funding: We are currently seeking a program sponsor to underwrite performances for schools that cannot afford assembly fees and to support production costs. For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 
   

 

  Sharing their voices and learning about community service.

 
 

Kids Reaching The Community

Our Kids For A Cause troupe (formerly Kids Who Care) brings the show to those in need of a smile by touring to local senior homes, children's hospitals, shelters, and community centers. Their efforts have even been recognized on national television by the FOX News Channel! Watch the video clip here.

As a performance-based outreach program, we believe it is equally important that these young performers learn a valuable life lesson from their participation in Kids For A Cause. Their involvement teaches them that the arts can create joy and beauty for their communities as well as an unforgettable experience for themselves.

To learn more about Kids For A Cause, click here.

To inquire about sponsoring this program, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  
   

Over $70,000 in scholarships awarded in the past 4 years!


Scholarship Opportunities

Performing in musical theater is a joy and an educational experience that should be accessible to all young people, regardless of socioeconomic status. Random Farms offers scholarships for all of our programs to give more young performers a chance to experience the performing arts. This mission is increasingly important as more and more schools eliminate arts programs.

To support our scholarship fund, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

 

 
   

Fostering Young Audiences

Watching live theater can be just as powerful as performing in it. Random Farms offers free and low-cost tickets to local school groups and camps to help give students more exposure to the performing arts. For many of these young people, it is their first time experiencing the performing arts live, and they often develop an interest in participating in or attending the performing arts in their own communities.

To sponsor ticket packages for school groups, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 
   

 

Tomorrow's Leaders

The Ambassadors program gives young people who are interested in theater both on and off stage an opportunity to drive major projects at Random Farms. They learn about marketing, fundraising, and project management as future leaders of the arts. Click here to read more about this year's Ambassadors.

To support this program, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Future Theater Makers

Junior Directors work alongside the program directors and gain an entirely new perspective of the theater process. They develop leadership skills by giving direction to performers and they learn about production planning and management. Often, the young people who participate as Junior Directors develop an interest in becoming stage managers, directors, or theater technicians due to their new appreciation for the overall process.

To support this program, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 
   

 

Resources for Schools

One of the most prohibitive aspects of producing theater is the cost of scenery and costumes. These expenses often prevent schools from offering theater programs to their students. Since Random Farms often purchases or creates new scenery and costumes for its productions, we offer them to local schools to rent at prices far below what they would pay to build them on their own or rent them from professional rental houses. This arrangement ensures that more schools can deliver high-quality theater programs to their students.

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Supporting Aspirations

While the majority of the young people at Random Farms participate for the enjoyment and learning experience it offers, there are many performers in our programs who hope to pursue acting professionally. The Annual Industry Showcase gives young people a free opportunity to meet vetted industry professionals who specifically work with young performers. Similar showcases exist elsewhere, but many of them charge fees that exclude performers from limited income families, or they allow anyone to attend the showcase regardless of industry affiliation or background. Random Farms takes great care to limit the showcase's guest list to include only those agents and casting directors with strong reputations for working with children, and we are committed to providing this opportunity for free.

To support this program, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

All of the Random Farms Outreach Programs need additional funding to maintain and expand them. Please click here to read more about how you can support our growing efforts to give more kids experience in the performing arts.

 

 

HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS

FEATURED STORY
75 Random Farms kids on Broadway and counting...!

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Les Miserables School Edition

February 7 - 12
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OUTREACH

- Anti-bullying
- Community Service
- Scholarships
- Arts Education
- Leadership


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Random Farms Kids Theater, Inc. is a NY state non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
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