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Our Very Own Proscenium Theater


What kind of theater? Proscenium. Yes, you heard it right! In Burlington we have our very own, very local, much loved, proscenium theater: The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. This week our first grade, second grade, and STEP classes have been visiting the Flynn for a “backstage” tour and workshop. It’s an educational and amazing experience that usually happens early in the school year to support student learning. This trip acquaints the students with the theater before they attend a performance. It is somewhat like a performance sandwich. First our students head to the theater for a very intimate tour of the theater when it is closed, followed by attending a live performance, and then ending with a follow-up companion workshop in their classroom that extends the performance they have seen. This layered theater experience creates a fuller experience for our students and helps educate them about the basic elements of theater, paid for by a grant to the Flynn Center from the Turrell Fund.
In modern theaters, the audience is usually separated from the performers by the proscenium arch. In proscenium theaters, the proscenium arch is a permanent feature of the structure and frames the stage. The audience looks directly at the stage in an area known as the auditorium or the house. The Flynn is a proscenium theater because of the way the seating is designed in the auditorium. The IAA stage is also a proscenium stage . The students at IAA learned all about this on their backstage tours this week. They also learned the history behind the terms upstage, downstage, backstage, offstage, dressing rooms and green room. Ask one of our younger students to tell you about their new knowledge.



IAA will be featured on Channel 16!
Nancy Radley’s kindergarten class, Aurie Thibault’s first grade, Mary Neudecker’s second grade, Tyler Sessions PE class, and Maggie Plante’s third grade classes from last year can be seen with Flynn Teaching artists, Joan Robinson, Susanna Olson, and Lida Winfield.  These teachers and students participated in the Words Come Alive! progam last year (with funding in part by the National Endowment for the arts.)  This program is one of the Flynn’s signature professional development opportunities and our staff is quite fortunate to work with these amazing artists.

This video is also featured on the RETN  homepage and can be viewed at this url:


Monday 9/19 – 8:00 PM

Tuesday 9/20 – 2:00 PM

Saturday 9/24 – 10:00 AM  &  5:00 PM

Sunday 10/09 – 8:00 PM