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There is no greater joy than watching a child have their first theatrical experience. By introducing children to theatre at an early age, we help them to develop critical thinking skills, increase their overall school performance and help them develop into sentient and empathetic adults. Le Petit Theatre has a long tradition of welcoming children through its doors dating back through most of its 107-year history, and in our 23/24 season, we are re-affirming our commitment to education. Not only will we grow our student matinee program to bring more students without access to theatre through our doors, but we will commit to having young people onstage, backstage and fully integrated into the artistic process. Le Petit Theatre’s Education Program is supported by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the Ella West Freeman Foundation, and a Wisner Grant from the City of New Orleans. The Student Matinee Program is supported by a grant from The Helis Foundation. The Theatrical Workforce Development Program is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).