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Pocahontas on stage in the Theatre IV production of “The True Story of Pocahontas.”

The SFSC Young Peoples Theater opens its 2016-17 season on Nov. 4 with a performance of “The True Story of Pocahontas,” at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at SFSC.

The show is a factual retelling of the life of Pocahontas from a playful girl to a young wife and mother who carries her message of peace and mutual cooperation across the Atlantic Ocean to the King of England. It is a production of the professional touring group Theatre IV, which is based in Richmond, Va.

The Wildstein Center hosts two performances: 9:30 and 11:30 am. Tickets are $4. School groups receive one free ticket for a teacher or chaperone with every 10 tickets purchased. The performance is recommended for students in grades one through five.

“Theatre IV is the touring educational arm of Virginia Rep,” said Mitzi Farmer, the SFSC Young Peoples Theater coordinator. “Their productions not only delight students, but teach them important life lessons and classroom curriculum.”

Free study guides for “The True Story of Pocahontas” are available that highlight the English, social science, and history behind the story. Duke Energy sponsors the show.

“School-organized trips to a live performances are more than a day out,” said Cindy Garren, director of Cultural Programs at SFSC. “There are lasting and sustainable outcomes when students attend live theater, and the educational research literature confirms this.”

SFSC has presented live theater for school-based groups since 1998. The most popular productions have been musicals based on much-loved books about Curious George, Junie B. Jones, and Amelia Bedelia. “We usually have 1,000 students or more at each performance,” Farmer said.

“The House of Pooh,” based on the A. A. Milne classic, is scheduled for March 30, 2017, with two performances: 9:30 and 11:30 am. The Chinese folk tale “The Song of Mulan,” is scheduled for May 1, 2017. Both performances are recommended for grades K – four.

For more information or to reserve seats for Young Peoples Theater performances, email ypt@southflorida.edu. All Young Peoples Theater performances are held in the 1460-seat Wildstein Center on the Highlands Campus located at 600 W. College Dr., Avon Park.