Friday, March 20, 2009

Vital Children's Theatre Wins Prestigious Grant

Vital Theatre Company Education Director Linda Ames Key and Principal Martin Coren are pleased to announce that Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School is one of 10 national recipients of “DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSIC IN YOU GRANT PROGRAM” that encourages middle and high schools across the U.S. to put on their own school stage production of Disney’s High School Musical.

Awarded by NAMM Foundation and Disney Channel, the initiative is designed to utilize the popularity of the High School Musical movies to encourage kids to get involved in music and the arts in school. The grant program supports a $5,000 monetary grant and school license to produce an adapted version of High School Musical. The funds are to support music and arts-related educational costs of the production such as hiring music and dance coaches, and to help schools that do not have sufficient lighting and sound equipment for the production.

Vital Theatre Company is lead arts partner at Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School. Their children's theater program, headquartered at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, is one of the most popular family venues in NYC.

The 10 grand award winners of the Disney/NAMM contest are: Brooklyn Theater Arts High School, Brooklyn, NY, Bucyrus High School, Bucyrus, OH, Carver Edisto Middle School, Cope, SC, Mt. Zion High School, Jonesboro, GA, Mather High School, Chicago, IL, Necedah High School, Necedah, WI, Parkway Middle School, Kissimmee, FL, Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, Saginaw, MI, South Dade Middle School, Homestead, FL, Troy Middle School, Plainfield, IL.

Congratulations to the worthy folks at Vital--I'm sure they will keep us posted about their work at Brooklyn Theater Arts High!

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