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|Orpheum Theatre Receives Grants for Education Program
|The Orpheum Theatre announced funding sources and program selections for its 2009-10 education outreach efforts.
The Orpheum's Lights! Camera! Learn! program brings children of all ages to the theater to see professionally-staged, age-appropriate productions at no cost to students or their parents. Free admission is made possible due to nearly $8,000 in contributions from BNSF Railway Foundation, Galesburg School District 205, individuals and businesses.
"The Orpheum has had a formal education program for the past few years. It was in the 2008-09 academic year that administration pursued focused fundraising and marketing efforts to expand the program," said Kate Francis, Orpheum Theatre president. "In the 2007-08 school year, the Orpheum hosted three education shows and served 2,000 kids between kindergarten and fifth grades. Compare that with the 2008-09 school year in which the Orpheum sponsored four education shows and doubled attendance to over 4,000 students from kindergarten through high school."
The 2009-10 Lights! Camera! Learn! program will include musical theater productions of popular children's literature including: "Are You My Mother?" for kindergarten and first grades on March 23rd; "Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown" for second and third grades on November 18th; and "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler" for fourth and fifth grades on April 20th.
All three shows are produced by ArtsPower, a professional, nonprofit touring company dedicated to arts education for today's youth. Education programming for sixth through twelfth grade will be announced at a later date.
"All schools in Knox, Warren and Henderson Counties are invited to attend this tremendous program. The only cost to the school is transportation. In fact no school, regardless of location, will be turned away - provided there are still seats available," continued Francis. "Obviously state budget cuts continue to put a heavy burden on schools' ability to provide fine arts opportunities to their students. The Orpheum Theatre is proud to continue this free programming effort to introduce the next generation to the theater and the performing arts."
The Orpheum Theatre's Lights! Camera! Learn! program is open to public, private and home schools. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Educators and superintendents are encouraged to call Cheryl James, box office assistant at the Orpheum Theatre (309-342-2299) for more information or to reserve seats.
|09 19 09 by Newsroom
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