Scoundrels and Rabbit Hole Get League's New York Education Grants

News   Scoundrels and Rabbit Hole Get League's New York Education Grants
The League of American Theatres and Producers has awarded its New York Education Grants to education programs for the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the play Rabbit Hole.

Each production receives a $5,000 grant toward its 2006 educational initiatives. The New York Education Grants were established by the League in 2002 "in recognition of education initiatives and to support further programs for Broadway shows. As the national trade organization for the commercial theatre industry, the League also sponsors a grant program to support education programs for touring Broadway productions. The two programs combined have to date awarded $550,000 to theatres in New York and across the country. Both awards were established by the League's Education Committee and are also generously supported by Theatre Development Fund."

The producers of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are offering a student education program for the show, along with discounted tickets. It is estimated that 3,000 to 5,000 high school students will participate in 2006. Among the aspects of the program: a comedy writing lyric contest; and master classes on writing from the perspective of a victim of a con or real-life historical con artist.

Rabbit Hole, meanwhile, will instruct more than 800 high schoolers in playwriting and production. The Core Program, Project InterAct and Write on the Edge (WrOTE) are each built around the attendance of a student matinee performance. In addition, the Family Matinee Series culminates in a performance, with students bringing a family member, guardian or mentor with them to encourage discussion of the play. In advance of these student driven activities, MTC will hold a Professional Development Workshop for all participating teachers.

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