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Written by Rex Deverell

Project ACT is an interactive Forum Theatre presentation that helps students in grades 7-9 recognize and overcome barriers that prevent youth from leading active, healthy lives. Developed in collaboration with Ontario youth and Community Partners from across the province, Project ACT empowers students to incorporate the Foundations for a Healthy School into their lives and communities. Accompanying teaching guides and resources are designed to activate manageable changes for the student community, helping educators integrate healthy initiatives into schools long after we’ve left the building.

Project ACT is an exciting province-wide initiative supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion’s Healthy Communities Fund.

The program focuses on:

  • · Physical Activity
  • · Healthy Eating
  • · Substance Misuse Prevention

Now, following a successful spring pilot at select schools across Ontario, Project ACT is touring throughout the province.

Lead Project Sponsor

“Empowered youth get involved when they can explore, discover and feel they have a voice.  Mixed Company Theatre provides an opportunity for witnessing and then participating.  A perfect mix creates safe dialogues about important health issues and weeks of integrated follow up activities help build healthy communities.  This show inspires everyone to re-think, re-work and reinvent themselves.”

– Patricia Gough, Artsaround Program Director & Retired Elementary Principal

Current Tour Information

Don’t see your area? Contact us about a customized booking.

Northern Ontario

  • •  Thunder Bay: September 27-October 1
  • •  Sudbury: October 4-8
  • •  North Bay: October 11-15

Eastern Ontario

  • •  Ottawa: October 18-22
  • •  Kingston: October 25-29

Western Ontario

  • •  Windsor: November 1-5
  • •  Hamilton: November 8-19

Central Ontario

  • •   Halton & Peel Region: November 22-26
  • •  York Region: November 29-December 3
  • •  Durham Region: December 6-10
  • •  Toronto Region: December 13-17

* TOUR EXTENDED: Ask us about our 2011 Winter/Spring Schedule

    Production Photos

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    How does Project ACT work?

    Project ACT is an Ontario-wide three-tiered approach to empowering students to live active, healthy lives.

    TIER ONE: Project ACT – The Play & Interactive Forum

    90 minutes

    Developed in consultation with youth and community partners, “Project ACT – The Play” follows four friends as they try to make sense of mixed messages about physical activity, healthy eating, and substance misuse while turning their school into a healthier place. Each character relies on unhealthy coping mechanisms for the everyday stresses in their lives. The Joker guides students to replace the actors on stage and change the outcome. Whether on stage or watching their peers, it’s an immediate way for students to step into someone’s shoes and think about what they would do in similar situations.

    TIER TWO: Post Show Discussions

    45 minutes

    After a short break, students are split into small discussion groups with local health and wellness experts. This expertise in physical activity, healthy eating and substance misuse prevention gives students and educators the opportunity to discuss the issues in more detail and link them with local resources.

    TIER THREE : Activate Student Ideas

    Ongoing

    Project ACT continues as students put their learning into action. Mixed Company Theatre’s website, the Project ACT Study Guide and other healthy living resources are designed to activate manageable changes in your student community, helping young people organize initiatives to help make their own school a healthier place.

    Suggested activities might include special announcements and posters, guest speakers, and activity days. Schools are encouraged to work with existing school committees and connect with local community resources. Initiatives and events can be recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Education Healthy Schools Recognition Program.

    How do I bring Project ACT to our school or community?

    Mixed Company comes directly to your school or selected community location so you don’t have to worry about organizing an off-site trip.

    Booking Project ACT is quick and easy – just contact us by telephone at (416) 515-8080 or e-mail info@mixedcompanytheatre.com for your customized quote.

    Margaret Best

    The McGuinty government is committed to improving the overall well-being of individuals and their broader communities. Working together with organizations like Mixed Company Theatre will help Ontarians enhance and maintain their most valuable asset – their health.”

    – Honourable Margarett R. Best, Minister of Health Promotion.

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    Thanks to the following organizations

    Mixed Company Theatre shares common goals, objectives and interests with the following organizations in supporting physical activity, healthy eating and substance misuse prevention among youth in communities across Ontario. In an effort to expand outreach efforts and services to youth across Ontario, MCT has established working relationships with each of these organizations to achieve goals that we mutually believe are important in improving the lives of Ontario’s youth. The goals of these community partnerships are to collaborate on Project ACT and build on each others strengths with the aim of empowering students to live active, healthy lives.

    Tour Sponsor

    Ontario Arts Council

    Community Partners

    In Kind Partners

    Project Development Partners

    ·  Oakwood Collegiate Institute, Toronto District School Board

    ·  Jack Miner Public School, Toronto District School Board

    ·  Longfield-Davidson Heights Secondary School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

    ·  Cairine Wilson Secondary School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

    ·  Woodcrest Public School, Lakehead Public Schools

    ·  Algonquin Avenue Public School, Lakehead Public Schools

    ·  Mountain Secondary School, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board

    ·  R.A. Riddell School, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board

    ·  Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club