Theatre in Motion
Theatre in Motion
Theatre in Motion - is the touring/educational outreach division of Birmingham Children’s Theatre, one of the nation’s oldest and largest professional theatres for young audiences. Each year, BCT's Theatre in Motion brings the magic of theatre to thousands of children and families across Alabama and the Southeast. As one of the largest touring children’s theatres in the country, BCT produces national tours each season through our WeeFolks series, designed to be a first theatre experience for the youngest of theatregoers, Preschool-2nd grade.
BCT's Theatre in Motion reaches upwards of 50,000 students each year in approximately 100 cities across the Southeast. BCT travels anywhere there is an audience seeking the best in theatre for young audiences, from the largest performing arts center to the smallest school. Each production is of the highest quality, with casts of professional adult actors, study guides for the students and teachers, stunning sets, music, and costumes. Call (205) 458-8181 or e-mail Daniel Bussey and bring BCT's Theatre in Motion to your town today!
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How much does it cost to bring Birmingham Children’s Theatre to my community?
The cost of each performance is dependent upon the region of the country as well as which series the show belongs to, Wee Folks or MainStage. Visit our Tour Pricing page for more information on pricing and discounts available. For specifics on fees in your area, please contact the Director of Sales & Marketing at (205) 458-8186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What does the Birmingham Children’s Theatre provide for this fee?
Study Guide: All BCT study guides are tailored for each pre-K through 8th grade classroom and are carefully designed to include both National Arts Standards and State Curriculum Standards outlined by the Alabama Course of Study. These study guides can be downloaded directly from the website or emailed to you for your convenience.
Public Performances: These performances feature professional actors, stunning sets, striking costumes, music, and choreography. The number of performances is up to you, but the fee will be based on the number of performances agreed upon by the Director of Sales & Marketing and the presenter. A discounted rate is available for every additional performance scheduled.
How far do you travel with your productions?
We primarily tour the Southeast. If we have a request to travel to venues located further away, we try to schedule other performances en route to these venues. For financial reasons, we cannot always make these requests happen. Our tour radius is primarily 60-350 miles. If you are located outside this radius and would like BCT On Tour to come to your town, it is best to work with other venues to make a tour to your town possible!
How long are the shows?
Each show is approximately 45-75 minutes in length – there is no intermission.
Who will be visiting our community?
A team of 4 professional actors. These individuals are typically college graduates with training in theatre, musical theatre, or a combination of both.
Are the performers available for a Q&A and/or pictures after the performance?
Yes! This will need to be scheduled with the Director of Sales & Marketing in advance.
Where should the performances take place?
The performance space can be a stage, auditorium, cafeteria, gym floor, library, large classroom, etc. Anywhere that can accommodate the production and your audience.
BCT provides a technical rider for each performance, as the requirements are very show-specific. Wee Folks performances are designed to be performed anywhere from a library to a larger theatre.
If there are any concerns about your performance space, please contact the Director of Sales & Marketing.
When should the performance space be available?
The actors/crew will need to have access to the venue before the performance to assemble the set/sound equipment and get a “feel” for the space. They will need additional time after the performance to remove everything from the space.
For Wee Folks, we require access to the venue 1 ½ hours before the start of the show (load-in) and 1 hour after the show is over (load-out).
**This time does include enough time for the actors to put on their costumes and makeup prior to the performance as well as any other technical needs required for the particular show.
I have a conflict with the performance space. Would it be possible to shorten the load-in and/or load-out time?
This depends on several factors. The amount of “time required” is to allow for any problems that may arise while on the road. This time is also to allow the actors/crew enough time to load-in/out in the fastest but, most importantly, safest way. Our sets often include large and heavy materials that may become hazardous if carried around children. We like our actors and your audience to be safe.
With that said, the longer a group is on tour, the more comfortable they become with load-in/out. This often cuts time off of the process. Let the Director of Sales & Marketing know about your conflict and depending on where you are scheduled in the tour, we may be able to work around this. We try to accommodate everyone’s circumstances.
What needs will the actors/crew have?
Once they have access to the facility, the actors/crew are fairly self-sufficient. All we ask of you is to simply remain available. If this is not possible, designate one contact person who will be available for questions about technical aspects of the venue.
Will I need to provide any additional help for load-in/out and/or lighting or sound?
We have found that load-in/out goes much smoother and faster for everyone if the actors/crew do this themselves; they are trained to do this a very specific way. If you would like to provide additional help to unload from the vehicle to the venue, you are welcome to, but it is not required.
BCT On Tour provide our own sound equipment. If you would like for us to use your sound system, let the group know when they first arrive at load-in.
Lighting is up to you. All we ask is for the actors to be seen.
When should the performances take place?
The suggested performance times are in the mid-late morning or early afternoon. However, the schedule can be adapted to fit the needs of each community.
How much should we charge for admission to the shows?
You may set your ticket prices at whatever level you wish. We strongly encourage you to evaluate your costs before setting the price. At Birmingham Children’s Theatre, we charge $20 for adults and $15 for students for all in-house performances.
Can our week be used as a fundraiser?
Yes. All of the proceeds that you make from ticket sales are yours to keep!
Do you perform shows on the weekends?
Yes. We typically set performances Monday-Friday during the day; but, depending on actor availability, we are not limited to those times.
How do we book for next year?
Our seasons are announced early February/early March. We begin the booking process around this time. Requests are filled on a first come, first serve basis. We appreciate flexibility in schedules and prompt responses for requests.
How will my child/students benefit from this experience?
Birmingham Children’s Theatre exists to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of children through the magic of professional theatre.
Many of our performances are designed to be a first theatre experience for young audiences and incorporate lessons and morals that can be applied into their everyday lives. Other shows focus on required reading for several grades as well as historical figures and events. This experience makes learning fun while serving as a strong ambassador for the arts.