March is Theatre in our Schools Month

By David Thompson - Huber Heights Performing - Arts Hall of Fame

HUBER HEIGHTS — Conventional wisdom accepts that Star Wars and the Super Bowl attract an audience of millions. What’s less well known is that about 50 million people attend one of more than 37,000 school theatre performances annually in the United States.

The Theatre in Our Schools (TIOS) Campaign, being held in March, is an opportunity to inform them, and millions more, that the pleasure they get from seeing a show on stage is just one of many benefits that school theatre brings to all involved—from overcoming fears of public speaking to the development of collaboration and teamwork.

A January, 2016 article in American Theatre compiled data from licensing houses to estimate the total annual school theatre audience.

TIOS is timely in that its March celebration occurs the same month as the Americans for the Arts sponsored Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. March 20-21. Additionally, both Music in Our Schools and Youth Art Month are observed in March.

The recent authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which asserts that arts education should be part of the well-rounded education of all students, makes this observance all the more timely. TIOS provides an opportunity for all of us here in

Huber Heights—students, parents, school boards and elected officials—the entire community—to become familiar with the benefits of school theatre participation.

Share your school theatre thoughts with #TIOS17 and #TheatreInOurSchools.

To see International Thespian Society Troupe 112, and the Wayne High School musical program in action, come to their next show, of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast on April 8th @ 7 P.M. or April 9th @ 3 P.M. Tickets for the musical are $10 each. On April 8th @ 1:00 P.M. there will be a community event “Tea and Cakes” with the characters @ Wayne High School – advance tickets must be purchased at Wayne High School for “Tea and Cakes”.

By David Thompson

Huber Heights Performing

Arts Hall of Fame

Reach David Thomas at 937-673-0217 or by email at

Reach David Thomas at 937-673-0217 or by email at