Santa Monica Playhouse Director of Education and Cultural Exchange Cheryl Jennings announced that the Playhouse has received two grants from the City of Santa Monica, one from the Latino Community Arts Grant Program, the other from the Community Arts Grant Program, a project of the Santa Monica Arts Commission.
The latter grant of $3000 is in support of a theatre-in-education program to augment the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District World War II module. 8th grade students will come to the Playhouse where they will see a production of the musical Can'teen, presented by the Actors Repertory Theatre and the Young Professionals Company. The students will then participate in a hands-on theatre tour, a post-show discussion and an acting history workshop and will receive study guides which provide future skills for classroom study and tools to help them devise classroom performance pieces based on World War II or any other studies module.
The $3000 Latino grant will support after-school theatre programs for under-served youth involving the study of performance skills, language arts, communication, conflict resolution and problem-solving. Students will collaborate with professional artists to create a performance piece which will be presented at the end of the session for family, friends, student groups and the community at large.
The Playhouse also announced "UK Theatre Adventure 2000," a summer workshop and travel tour to London, Stratford, Warwick and Dublin for performers and others interested in an intensive theatre experience. The tour will span July 3-17 and offers a program of study, playgoing, sightseeing, cultural exchange, homestay and performance. For further information call (310) 394-9779, ext. 511.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent