Giving “The Giver” to eighth-graders of Orange County Public Schools

Filed in: About WDW, Beyond the Theme Parks, Making a Difference

Students from Orange County Public Schools had the opportunity to attend exclusive performances at the Bob Carr Theater in an effort to inspire passion for theater.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Oct. 15, 2018—To celebrate National Field Trip Month, Walt Disney World Resort recently brought more than 14,000 eighth-graders from Orange County Public Schools out of the classroom and into the community for a unique cultural experience at the Bob Carr Theater.

The students were treated to an Orlando Repertory Theatre production of “The Giver,” made possible by a $200,000 grant from Walt Disney World Resort to United Arts of Central Florida. Disney has hosted this theater field trip for the past four years, enabling thousands of students the opportunity to attend a live performance as part of their school day.

“One of the most foundational experiences of my middle-school years was seeing a professional theatrical production,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “Many of us here at Disney remember a similar experience; it showed us how a well-performed story feeds the soul. We wanted our county’s eighth-graders to have that same experience.”

The play, based on the young adult novel by Lois Lowry, helped introduce the students to theater during an important time in their lives.

The annual grant to United Arts of Central Florida for this unique field trip experience is just one of the many way Walt Disney World Resort is helping connect children with in the arts. Earlier this year, the Orange County Library System, Urban Think Foundation Inc., and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida – Lake and Sumter Counties each received $100,000 Disney Grants to use toward creative programs for students.