Nikki Neutron Charges-Up Countrywood

Left to right: National Theatre for Children actors Carlye Messman and Hanna Stephens captured our student’s attention as they ‘bring education to life.’
Left to right: National Theatre for Children actors Carlye Messman and Hanna Stephens captured our student’s attention as they ‘bring education to life.’
Student volunteers are always a big hit, and because our students get to respond and interact with the show, the information presented really sticks with them.
Student volunteers are always a big hit, and because our students get to respond and interact with the show, the information presented really sticks with them.
Carlye Messman playing ‘Bert the Dirt Expert,’ teams up with superhero Nikki Neutron to bring energy conservation to life and at a level our youngest students can enjoy.
Carlye Messman playing ‘Bert the Dirt Expert,’ teams up with superhero Nikki Neutron to bring energy conservation to life and at a level our youngest students can enjoy.

‘The Energized Guyz’ entertained our Countrywood students last week with live performances intended to spark conversations about energy efficiency. “It’s really important that we educate and help children and their families understand the importance of our natural resources and to use energy wisely,” said George Coburn, Community Outreach Manager for PSEG Long Island. “The younger they begin learning, the more likely they will retain these concepts throughout their life.”

The play revolves around Nikki Neutron, a junior superhero, creatively played by Hanna Stephens, a National Theatre for Children (NTC) actress. Nikki discovers that the notorious ‘Sneaker,’ played by Carlye Messman, is waisting energy all over the city and with the help of student volunteers sets off to stop the Sneaker.

“Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC’s Director of Marketing Eddie Eames. “These children are watching a story unfold right before their eyes, with two actors playing all sorts of characters.”

Our super-smart Countrywood students now know what energy is, various uses of energy, how it’s wasted, and ways to conserve energy. Thank you PSEG Long Island for this free program for our students and support materials for our teachers and their classrooms.