The Treehouse Troupe of the BGSU Department of Theatre & Film is a major outreach project that encompasses the University goals of education, service, and research/creative activity. In its more than 25 years, Treehouse Troupe has performed nearly 1,200 shows and presented nearly 3,000 workshops for over 300,000 students, teachers, and public audiences.
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Treehouse Troupe began in 1979 as a graduate student project to share the talents of the BGSU Theatre Department faculty, staff, and students with the local community. Throughout the past three decades Treehouse Troupe has grown in popularity and as an important educational resource for schools throughout Northwest Ohio.
Treehouse Troupe is organized as an undergraduate theatre class and the cast meets Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the fall semester. In the first half of the semester Troupe members learn the scripts, develop their characters, prepare teacher study guides, and rehearse the two Treehouse Troupe plays – one play for grades K-4 and second play for grades 5-8.
Once the plays are rehearsed, costumes are made, and scenery is built, the Troupe begins to tour the Northwest Ohio region. Students explore the challenges and joys of touring plays to area schools. BGSU students run creativity workshops in the schools visited, encouraging students to get out of their seats and explore their own creativity through dramatic improvisation. Study guides allow teachers to connect the program to classroom lessons in vocabulary, history, creative writing, and more.
Treehouse Troupe is often the first and sometimes the only live drama many children in Northwest Ohio encounter during elementary school. The rural population we serve needs a memorable introduction to performance and Treehouse Troupe provides this outlet. With the reduction of funds and increase in testing limiting cultural field trips for schools, Treehouse Troupe provides an essential service by bringing theatre to schools.
Each fall the award-winning Treehouse Troupe tours elementary schools throughout northwest Ohio. Members of the troupe perform and conduct classroom workshops in participating schools.
The Treehouse Troupe now offers a grade K-4 play and a grade 5-8 play.
Bowling Green, OH
Grand Rapids, OH
Huber Heights, OH
Kelley’s Island, OH
Liberty Center, OH
New Riegel, OH
Upper Sandusky, OH
Check out these images from past and present Treehouse Troupe productions!
Super Sidekick: The Musical!, 2013
Back row (left to right): Zack Robb, Justin Betancourt, Griffin Coldiron, Jailyn Harris
Front row (left to right): Sarah Maxwell, Jeffrey Guion, Ilana Milberg
The Just So Stories, 2013
Back row (left to right): Kaleigh Jones, Ryan Albrecht, Trina Friedberg, Chase Will
Front row (left to right): Rebecca Winebrenner, Daniel Short
Step on a Crack, 2013
Back row (left to right): Kaleigh Jones, Daniel Short, Sarah Maxwell, Rebecca Winebrenner
Front row (left to right): Trina Friedberg, Ryan Albrecht