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Enchantment Theatre Company is a professional non-profit theater company with a reputation for excellence in both theater and arts education. For more than 30 years, Enchantment has been guided by our mission: to create original theater for young audiences and families that inspires, challenges and enriches our audience, onstage and in the classroom. All of Enchantment’s productions are original adaptations of new and classic fables, myths and legends, set to classical or original music. Our unique style of performance - incorporating expressive masks, life-size puppets, magical illusion, music, dance and pantomime - is accessible to all children, regardless of language barriers and encourages at-risk youth, whose theatrical participation is among the lowest, to learn and grow through the performing arts.
Enchantment established its arts education programs soon after the Company became a non-profit theater in 2000. Since then, we have provided imaginative professional theater performances and in-school arts residencies for over 150,000 local students through long-term partnerships with the Philadelphia Archdiocese, the School District of Philadelphia and PA School for the Deaf. In addition to its arts education work, Enchantment performs a regional holiday production for families and takes one of its major works on the road each year to 30-40 states, annually reaching on average 100,000 children, totaling more than 1 million since 2000. We also have provided a unique in-front-of-the-orchestra theatrical experience for young people with more than 65 symphony orchestras nationwide and in Canada, including the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. We have been the recipient of major grants from many national and local organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, the Philadelphia Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, The Independence Foundation, The Victory Foundation, the Connelly Foundation and the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund. We retain the founders’ original philosophy that "experiencing live theater is essential for all children to thrive."