Monday, June 1, 2009

Putting Education First: The Orpheum Theatre awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant!

The Orpheum Theatre’s Department of Education and Community Programs has been awarded a Regional Touring Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Southern Arts Federation for Dallas Children’s Theatre’s Most Valuable Player, coming to The Orpheum February 16, 2010 as a part of the Family Series and Student Matinee Series. This triumphant story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play major league baseball, chronicles the young athlete's nonviolent struggle to integrate what was then considered a "white man's game." Jackie's courage, intelligence, leadership, resilience, and athletic skill propelled him to become a national hero.
The majority of students who attend The Orpheum’s Student Matinee Series performances qualify for the Federal Free Lunch Program and The Orpheum offers ticket discounts and grants in order to ensure that children in Memphis and the surrounding areas have equal access to quality children’s theatre performances at the theatre.

Last school year, The Orpheum awarded over 5,000 free Student Matinee Series tickets to students in deserving classrooms all over the city.

Click here for more information on The Orpheum’s 2009-2010 Student Matinee Series.

-Shelby Monning Patterson
Manager of Education and Community Programs

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