My Energy Kit Challenge on the Road

The fall tours of Kilowatt Kitchen and The E-Team, in-school energy conservation programs from Duke Energy and The National Theatre for Children (NTC), are in full swing! NTC’s actors are traveling to schools across North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to perform these live shows for elementary and middle school students. Schools that host this live performance are invited to have their families and staff take action to save energy by requesting free energy efficiency kits for the home – and help the school to win cash rewards for participation. In case you missed the memo, we call this the My Energy Kit Challenge. Our actors have had a blast so far and we have heard so many great stories from the road. Our favorite stories are the ones that share students’ reactions to our live performances.

At Glenn C. Marlow Elementary in Mills River, NC, actor Eddie shared that after the show, a 4th grade student came up to him and said, “I know how to save energy: I'm gonna play video games less, and I'm gonna make my dad go outside.”

Make no mistake, we’re learning how to save energy from students, too! At Children’s Meeting House Montessori in Cincinnati, OH, actor Rachel shared that their 2nd grade student volunteer stole the show because, “He lectured us on ways we could save energy better than the ones we shared in the show. He said we should use a hand crank generator to charge our phones!”

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Actors Rachel and Kayla perform Kilowatt Kitchen.

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Actors Susan and Daniel perform The E-Team.

Speaking of the student volunteers (who are invited to jump up on stage during the show and perform with the actors), our actors Daniel and Susan shared this about their performances at Brown County Junior High School in Nashville, IN: “The front office staff, the gym teachers, and the principal were all very friendly and helpful but this school gets the status of having the sassiest three volunteers we’ve had so far. They had SO much personality and it made the show so much fun!”

It's always heartwarming to us when we see how much your students care and how seriously they are taking this energy-saving challenge. At Joseph W. Grier Academy in Charlotte, NC, actor Lily shared that a kindergarten student told her after the show: “I’m not interested in the money. But I’ll get a kit to help save energy.”

Out of the mouths of babes!

To all of the schools hosting these in-school plays this fall: it is truly a privilege for us to share these performances with your students, and we thank all of you for taking good care of our actors on the road and inviting NTC into your buildings. And we’re so glad to see such great responses from your students and staff – together, let’s make a difference for our planet.

If your scheduled performances are still coming up, we can’t wait to see you soon! And if you haven’t scheduled your in-school programs and would like to have us share this program with your students, contact The National Theatre for Children at 1-800-858-3999 ext. 1 or to set up performances at your school.