Park Protectors: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service Park Protectors: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service

TIC shows are original works presented in an animated story-theatre style featuring imaginative props, costumes, music, and student participation followed by a lively post-performance discussion.

Book a Show

Complete information about how to bring a TIC performance to your school or venue is available by contacting BTE School Programs Director Paula Henry. Contact her via email phenry@bte.org or by phone at 570-458-4075.

Park Protectors: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service

Our 2023 Touring Production - March 20th to May 26th
Free Preview! March 18th at the Bloomsburg Public Library

Among the earliest caretakers of America's national parks were soldiers from all-Black regiments. Starting in the 1890s, the Buffalo Soldiers played a critical role in protecting and building the infrastructure of the country’s most cherished public lands, our National Parks. Using song and BTE's hallmark energetic physical storytelling, PARK PROTECTORS: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service will take students on a musical journey through Yosemite and into the past to learn the compelling and under appreciated history of the brave men who fought wildfires and poachers to create the now-familiar role of Park Ranger.

About BTE's TIC

Over its 45 year history, TIC shows have covered a wide variety of topics including inventors and their inventions, ancient myths, space travel, history, adaptations of world folk literature and more! Two generations of teachers have found the shows to be a tool for curriculum enhancement and a unique opportunity for students to discover the world from other perspectives.

What to expect with a TIC performance:

Digital TIC Offerings

Please contact Paula Henry for arrangements.

Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns - Picture of three actors dressed as coal miners

Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns
Coming soon for streaming!

What was it like? Tin lunch pails, coal cars, mule trains, breaker boys, wash day, heavy boots, playgrounds in the shadow of the coal breaker, life underground and coal dust everywhere...in the air, on clothes, in lungs, in the soul...

An uplifting collection of stories, songs, and first-person narratives woven together illustrating life in the mine patch. Hear the thunder of underground explosions and voices emerging from the clatter of the coal breakers.

Ancient Thunder: Tales from Greek Mythology - Picture of three actors dressed as Greek Gods and Godesses

'Ancient Thunder' - A Virtual TIC show

To help schools meet the challenges imposed by social-distancing and remote instruction, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s Theatre in the Classroom is creating work that can streamed into schools and student’s homes. Virtual TIC combines live introductions and question and answer sessions with pre-recorded content to create unique, rich learning experiences based on time-tested TIC programs.

Ancient Thunder presents the exciting world of Greek mythology, introducing students to stories that have influenced history and world culture for the last 2500 years.

Support TIC and receive tax credits for your business!

Through Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, businesses can support BTE educational programs while reducing their tax burden. More information on the program can be found on the DCED's EITC website. If your business would like to participate, please contact Laura Baker, Development Director at lbaker@bte.org.

More Theatre Education

Project Discovery

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BTE's Project Discovery allows area students to see plays free of charge as part of their high school education.

To learn more, visit the Project Discovery page.

Theatre School

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BTE's Theatre School runs seasonal classes for all age groups. Topics include acting, auditioning, musical theatre, mask making, stage makeup, and play readings.

To learn more, visit the Theatre School page.

Virtual Theatre School

Free videos for your kids to enjoy at home, anytime.