PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Theater is a special experience that many people never have. But the Philadelphia Theatre Company is providing passports — an entry to the world of theater.

In the Passport program, a teaching artist partners with a high school teacher to supplement curriculum in drama, English and writing classes.

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Students in Philadelphia schools, at no cost, receive pre and post show workshops for three professional productions with the highlight being Philly Reality, a performance created entirely by the students in each class– writing, directing, acting, designing lighting, sound and costumes for a ten minute production.

Students from six schools voluntarily participate in the eight week Saturday sessions and the only charge for ActOut Saturdays is for the class to have perfect attendance!

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The purpose of Philly Reality is not to train professionals, but in addition to having a positive effect on student writing, communication and interpersonal skills — respect, discipline, creativity and trust are developed.

So, when you hear that a student is acting-out at the theater, that doesn’t refer to bad behavior but to learning disguised as fun!

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Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio