Courtesy of Broadway World News Desk:
Grant Program for Underserved Schools Renewed with Tams-Witmark Sponsorship
Based on the success of the inaugural year of the New Troupe Charter Grant program, the Educational Theatre Association is pleased to announce that Tams-Witmark Music Library will again underwrite the program in the 2017-18 school year.
The New Troupe Charter Grants program awards grants to qualifying schools to fund the charter of an International Thespian Society troupe and the induction of up to 10 students. Qualifications include a school-wide Title I designation and the production of at least one show per year for the two school years preceding the year of the grant application.
The International Thespian Society (ITS), a program of the Educational Theatre Association, is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students located at more than 4,600 affiliated secondary schools across the U.S., Canada, and abroad. Students inducted into the Honor Society are eligible for leadership opportunities, college scholarships, and invitations to perform and compete at state and national venues. Since its founding in 1929, the society has inducted more than 2.2 million students.
Since the grant program’s launch in September 2016, grants have been awarded to charter 16 troupes involving more than 200 students in 10 states.
The schools that received New Troupe Charter Grants this school year are:
- Alabama: W. P. Davidson High School, Mobile
- California: Arroyo Valley High School, San Bernardino
Jurupa Hills High School, Fontana
Mira Monte High School, Bakersfield
- Illinois: Frankfort Community High School, West Frankfort
- Iowa: Cora B. Darling Elementary/Middle School, Postville
- Kentucky: Russell County High School, Russell Springs
Western Middle School for the Arts Louisville
Leslie County High School, Hyden
- Louisiana: Delhi Charter School, Delhi
- New Mexico: Valencia High School, Los Lunas
- Oklahoma: Harding Fine Arts Academy, Oklahoma City
- Ohio: Girard High School, Girard
- Texas: Blue Ridge High School, Blue Ridge
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Senior High School, Houston
Alvin J. Briesemeister Middle School, Seguin
Tams-Witmark has been a leader in theatrical licensing for over 90 years, and represents some of the most celebrated titles in musical theatre. Thousands of schools, community theatres, and professional organizations present Tams-Witmark musicals each year.
Sargent Aborn, the President of Tams-Witmark, said, “It is gratifying to know that in a year we have already helped shape the lives of more than 200 students through this program by enriching their school theatre experience with induction into the International Thespian Society. We wish each and every one of them well throughout their school careers and the rest of their lives.”
Julie Cohen Theobald, executive director of EdTA, said, “These grants enable students in underserved schools to experience the excitement and pride that comes from having the value of their work as theatre students affirmed. We are deeply grateful to Tams-Witmark for pioneering this effort with us.”
Cincinnati-based Successful Products has joined in sponsoring this program by providing complimentary ITS T-shirts for the newly-inducted Thespians.
Congratulations to all the newly-inducted Thespians! We look forward to your future productions and we hope to see you at your State Thespian Festivals!