Learning Energy Conservation in New Comedy Show Sponsored by PSEG Long Island. It’s not every day the words “improvisational comedy” and “energy conservation” are used in the same sentence. Last week, students at the Hebrew Academy of Five Towns & Rockaway in Lawrence learned how the two terms are connected when they were treated to a new live theater performance to complement their classroom learning on energy and electricity.
Throughout the fall season, the PSEG Long Island-sponsored Resource Force was presented to nearly 12,000 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students and their teachers at 30 middle schools to educate them about energy waste and energy conservation.
Resource Force is a 40-minute improvisational comedy show on energy and energy conservation presented by the National Theatre for Children (NTC). The live program features two professional actor-educators performing a series of comedy sketches about energy resources and how they relate to the world. Improvising as they take suggestions from students in the audience, the actor-educators create a unique experience with each show and provide knowledge and practical ideas that students can use to make a difference in their homes and communities. The students enjoyed seeing their friends on stage and the references to pop culture.
“Over the past two years, we have received excellent feedback regarding the innovative ways that we deliver our energy-efficiency messages. We’ve performed for more than 160,000 students and teachers at 400 elementary schools across Long Island,” said Suzanne Brienza, director, customer contact, PSEG Long Island. “Resource Force offers similar messaging on saving energy and the environment — through comedy improv, pop culture references, and student participation — to appeal to an older middle-school audience. The format of the show piques students’ interest and gets them laughing as they learn.”
“Live theater is a great way to educate,” says NTC president and founder Ward Eames. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These students are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. We don’t lose the students’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them.”
In addition to the live performances for students, parents can sign up to receive free energy-efficiency kits that feature electric energy-saving tools and LED lightbulbs. PSEG Long Island sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy, and the arts. It’s a win-win-win for students and their schools. The three schools that order the most energy-efficiency kits will also win up to $1,000.
PSEG Long Island is committed to giving back to the people and communities it serves by actively supporting hundreds of local charity events each year through the company’s Community Partnership Program. Last year, PSEG Long Island employees logged more than 26,000 service hours at 1,145 fundraising and community events to support more than 400 organizations. For more information on how PSEG Long Island supports the communities it serves, visit PSEGLINY.com/inthecommunity/communitypartnership.