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October 06, 2014 18:09 ET

Innovative Approach to Safety Education Uses Live Theatre and Super Heroes to Teach Young Audiences

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 6, 2014) -

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Who says safety education can't be fun? This month, ATCO Energy Theatre is premiering its new production, POWER TEAM: Origin of Power Woman. Visiting schools in 32 communities across central and northern Alberta, this show will get students giggling and singing, while learning to be safe around natural gas and electricity.

Offered free-of-charge to elementary schools in communities served by ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric, ATCO Energy Theatre is a unique approach that uses "edu-tainment" to teach young children important lessons about the safe-use and benefits of electricity and natural gas.

"Safety of the public, our customers and our employees is a core value at ATCO, and ATCO Energy Theatre is a tangible part of that commitment," said Bill Stephens, President, ATCO Gas. "The program reinforces information presented in safety education programs already offered to schools by both ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric, as well as science information related to the Alberta school curriculum for Grades 4-6."

"We believe live theatre is a particularly effective educational tool," said Bobbi Lambright, President, ATCO Electric, Distribution Division. "The script and performances by our actors allow our young audience members to see themselves in the context of the play which is extremely important for learning. We're using the power of theatre to tell a story that is relevant to their world and provide important information students can bring home and start applying immediately."

POWER TEAM: Origin of Power Woman is the first chapter in a series of musicals being developed by ATCO Energy Theatre. With script and direction by Maralyn Ryan and music by Justin McDonough, this high-energy and hilarious adventure introduces Power Woman as she discovers her super power of knowledge, and forms her crew of superhero friends, the Power Team.

Since its introduction in 2007, ATCO Energy Theatre has "edu-tained" more than 100,000 students, teachers and school principals in every corner of the province. In 2012, the Canadian Gas Association awarded the ATCO Energy Theatre program with its Public Safety Award recognizing the program as an excellent source for natural gas safety education and public awareness in Canada. More fun and learning can be found at www.atcoenergytheatre.com or by downloading the free Safety Quest app for mobile devices on iTunes or Google Play.

ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric are part of the ATCO Group of Companies. ATCO Group, with more than 9,000 employees and assets of approximately $17 billion, ATCO is a diversified global corporation delivering service excellence and innovative business solutions through leading companies engaged in Structures & Logistics (manufacturing, logistics and noise abatement), Utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution) and Energy (power generation and sales, industrial water infrastructure, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction). More information can be found at http://www.atco.com.

Backgrounder

ATCO Energy Theatre is...

  • A professional three-person acting troupe supported by a stage manager delivering up to two 40-minute theatrical performances per scheduled day.
      • Jenna Dykes as Patty/Power Woman
      • Meaghan McKinstry as Mother/Rocket Socket
      • Tyler Pinsent as Father/Blue Flame
      • Molly Pearson is the Stage Manager/Sound Technician
  • Delivering two four-week tours annually:
    • Fall 2014 - northern and central Alberta (October 6 - 31, 2014)
    • Spring 2015 - south and central Alberta (May 4 - 29, 2015)
  • Produced by ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric and offered free of charge to elementary schools throughout its service areas. Since its introduction in 2007, the production has completed 12 four- week tours and performed to over 100,000 elementary school students, teachers and principals in every corner of the province.

Purpose

  • As part of ATCO's commitment to public safety, ATCO Energy Theatre teaches our customers and future customers about the hazards of, as well as how to be safe around, electricity and natural gas.
  • To support the learning objectives of current ATCO school safety education programs.
  • To reinforce learning in a young "media-savvy" audience by harnessing the power of "edu-tainment."
    • Combines music and live theatre to enhance delivery of important safety information.
    • Students interact and see themselves within the context of the story which enhances learning.
    • Learning experiences are extended using interactive online games and application for mobile devices

Central & Northern Alberta communities October 6 - 31, 2014

Week #1: October 6 - 10 Week #3: October 20 - 24
October 6 & 7 - Fort McMurray October 20 - Fox Creek / Valleyview
October 8 - Anzac / Conklin October 21 - Eaglesham / McLennan
October 9 - Cold Lake / Ardmore October 22 - Grande Prairie
October 10 - Onion Lake / Lloydminster October 23 - Nampa / Grimshaw
October 24 - Berwyn / Hines Creek
Week #2: October 14 - 17 Week #4 - October 27 - 31
October 14 - Vermilion / Mannville October 27 - Edmonton / Gibbons
October 15 - Amisk / Irma October 28 - Bruderheim / Andrew
October 16 - Ponoka / Bashaw October 29 - Stony Plain
October 17 - Holden / Camrose October 30 & 31 - Onoway / Drayton Valley

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