Starting next month, when kids and teens ask to go to Fort Lauderdale's upscale Galleria mall, it may not be because they're dying to go shopping. The not-for-profit Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre (FLCT) has just leased 12,000 square feet of space in the east wing of the mall.
Founded in 1952, Florida's oldest children's theater plans to eventually build its own stand-alone facility on Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. But the move to Galleria, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., will allow the company to expand the offerings in its year-round programming for kids from 3 1/2 to 18.
"Partnerships like this allow organizations like ours to thrive and contribute to the benefit of our citizens," said FLCT executive artistic director Janet Erlick. "Plus, this new location provides some added perks for our group, such as ample free parking, easy access from the parking lot and proximity to shopping."
The company's new classes and services will include theater instruction while parents shop, Mommy and Me classes, adult classes and Saturday morning story time. As always, FLCT offers classes, summer camp experiences and productions (through Sunday, the student actors are performing the school edition of Les Misérables at the Hollywood Playhouse). For information on FLCT, call 954-763-6882 or visit the theater's web site.