Building Confidence in Maryland
Pete and Coty Forno, the founders of Mountain City Center for the Arts in Frostburg, Maryland, recently shared a story with us about auditions at one of their schools. After a long day, the final student was called in to audition and she was clearly petrified. She quietly, and with as much confidence as she could muster, read her lines. Even though she lacked confidence, she had a natural delivery and something that drew the audience in. The teachers asked if she would be willing to sing. The fear in her entire body was palpable, but she agreed. She sang the lines and surprised everyone with a beautiful voice. They were surprised to learn she had never sung before. When asked, “Did you know you had that beautiful voice in you?,” she put her hands up to her face and struggled to hold back tears. Her entire body lit up with excitement and pride with this newfound knowledge.
Training in Atlanta
All of the JumpStart Theatre regions have held their first training bootcamp of the year. For Alliance Theatre, it was their first time seeing the iTheatrics Method in action. Liz Davis, Alliance’s Manager of Education Services, described it as a “very strong professional learning opportunity for everyone in attendance.” Liz is a music teacher and was pleased to see iTheatrics lead the initially hesitant teachers through a song and dance to the point where they were feeling confident and excited to begin the rehearsal process.
Engaging the Community in Cincinnati
Brightening Futures in San Diego
Announcing the 2019-20 JumpStart Theatre Season!
The fifth year of JumpStart Theatre is beginning and it is incredible to think about how quickly the program has grown. This spring, 27 schools will perform musicals in five different regions. Each school will hold at least two performances, one for students and one for the community. If you are located in or near one of these regions, make a trip to support these students and teachers in person. For details about dates and times, contact us.
ETF, in collaboration with New York City-based companies iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI) has created JumpStart Theatre, a three-year scalable program designed to build sustainable musical theatre programs in underserved schools that previously had none.
ETF operates JumpStart Theatre through a national network of regional theatre company partners who are selected based on their track-record of success in running educational programs for children. JumpStart Theatre partners are: Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Ga.; La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, Calif.; Mountain City Center for the Arts, Frostburg, Md.; Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo.; The Children’s Theatre, Cincinnati, Ohio.
JumpStart Theatre aims to:
JumpStart Theatre is entirely supported by gifts and grants. Your donation provides access to musical theatre for underserved students and under-resourced schools. Help shape lives with your support!
Thanks to all the JumpStart Theatre Partners and Supporters