Jordan Indigo Children’s Theatre (JICT) provided plays for over 300 youth and their parents. The primary population served is youth located geographically in the northern and southern sectors of Dallas. Each production is structured to reach and help at-risk youth (ages 7 to 12) who are struggling with moral ethics and peer pressure. Productions are based off of real life situations that have captured the hearts of many. For example, the Alamo Heights student in January 2016 who was reported to have committed suicide due to bullying (Madalyn Mendoza – January 2016) and the McKinney Texas teen who committed suicide in April 2015 as a result of bullying and teasing (Michael Young & Julieta Chiquillo – April 2015). These are just a few; however, society is constantly barraged with disturbing videos posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and various other social media outlets that were taken by youth, as they sat idly by and witnessed the harsh bullying. As a result of these horrific acts youth, who have unlimited potential, are now afraid. Many youth now find it very difficult to go to school because of bullying and peer pressure. Many feel that the only way to fit in comfortably is to take on the personality and character traits of the offenders. Victims of bullying often begin acting out themselves, which results in disobedience to their parents, trouble at school, and often serious legal troubles. JICT recognizes the power of words. Those who work directly with JICT understand that words can motivate a child or destroy them, especially for those who are struggling with self-esteem issues and adolescents who are simply still trying to identify who they are. Therefore, the mission of JICT is to teach a positive way to convey words and feelings and a successful method to handle pressures that many youth face daily.
JICT also promotes the development of the theater knowledge and acting technique. All youth who participate in JICT productions are required to participate in a two week theater preparation workshop that teaches actors how to bring scripted characters to life. Workshops consist of courses such as; Basic Stage, Experimenting with Character (emotions and behavior), Developing Make Believe Characters (role playing), Writing, Improvisation Storytelling (sharing), Makeup, Props, Costumes and much more. To view the workshop in its entirety, go to Programs / Jordan Indigo Theatre / Session One and Session Two www.visualteaching.org under programs.