Signature in the Schools
Here’s the Deal available for streaming February 23 – June 30, 2021. Click here for more information.
What is Signature in the Schools?
Signature in the Schools is a theatrical training program unlike any other. The chance to be in a world premiere production, written, directed and designed by professional theater artists, featuring a professional actor. And beyond all of that, it’s the chance to participate in a theatrical conversation about issues that matter: civic engagement, freedoms of expression, immigration, women’s rights. These are just a few of the topics that Signature in the Schools productions have delved into. The 2020/21 production, Here’s the Deal, explores the New Deal and its contemporary relevance.
Signature in the Schools: The Film
The centerpiece of the Signature in the Schools program is the production of an original play written by a professional playwright. The play is specially tailored to the personalities and abilities of the student performers and focuses on themes from Virginia curriculum for Social Studies, English and Theater Arts.
For the 2020/21 season, Signature in the Schools produced a film that will be available to stream at home and in school settings. Set during the current pandemic, Here’s the Deal was filmed almost entirely on the personal devices of cast and crew members through platforms like Zoom and FaceTime.
For the film, students make up not only the cast, but also work as production crew. Participating students represent 17 public high schools from five different Northern Virginia school districts and one private school. The students were mentored by professionals and held to the highest professional standards. Before filming began, all cast and crew participated in “Boot Camp,” a process where students engage critically with the historical subject matter of the play and develop strong theatrical and ensemble skills.
As always, a professional actor always joined the student cast as a colleague and mentor. Here’s the Deal stars actress Felicia Curry.
The film will be available for streaming from February 23 through June 30, 2021. To buy on demand, click here. See below for information on streaming the film for free for classroom settings.
Signature in the Schools: The Schools Experience
Here’s the Deal and accompanying resources will be available for classroom use nationwide for free. Signature in the Schools is designed for use in high school social studies, English and theatre classrooms, meeting goals of the Virginia Standards of Learning. Participating classrooms receive the following:
• Access to a special website devoted to the subject matter of the show. This website provides lesson plans for teachers and articles and additional resources for students, all designed to comply with Virginia Standards of Learning for English, Social Studies and Theater.
• Free access to the film.
• Optional: Participating classes may opt in for a virtual in-class workshop taught by Signature Theatre Teaching Artists before the students watch the film. These workshops enable students to understand the subject matter behind the play and to voice their own thoughts, feelings and experiences related to the subject matter.
• Optional: Participating classrooms can arrange for a brief virtual Q&A with members of the cast, crew and production company of the film.
To book the Signature in the Schools experience for your classroom or to learn more about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To establish a residency at your school, visit In School Residences.
Signature in the Schools is sponsored by Bonnie Feld and Dominion Energy
Additional support is provided by the Arlington Community Foundation, Mike Blank, GEICO, Mary Ann Gilleece, Frank Guzzetta & Paul Manville, Andrew A. Isen, Louis Mazawey, Northrop Grumman, PayPal Gives, The Nora Roberts Foundation, David S. Shrager Foundation, Venable Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Washington Forrest Foundation.
New Work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by Dan & Gloria Logan