Anderson Children's Foundation

Palm Canyon Theatre

Palm Canyon Theatre

Theatre Enrichment for Students (2018-2019)

The Theatre Enrichment Program for Students enhances what the Palm Canyon Theatre has been doing for 22 years, producing quality entertainment that enriches the greater Palm Springs community. The 2018-2019 season will include eight musical productions and four classic plays. PCT will cast about 60 students, 5-18 years old, plus college-aged students, throughout its season. Four productions, in particular, will include many young people Oklahoma!, Big River: The Huckleberry Finn Story, Hairspray, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Each of these includes an educational component beyond its entertainment value.

Through a partnership with Anderson Children's Foundation, PCT will offer 500 tickets to local middle school and high school student groups to attend these productions. As a nonprofit theatre, ticket sales pay for actual production costs including royalties and custom children's costumes. PCT will also provide bussing for groups that cannot otherwise travel to Palm Springs. After each performance, PCT will offer an opportunity for students to interact with actors, directors, etc.

In addition, because all of these shows will include 10-20 child performers, a portion of this grant will pay a youth-specific director and/or choreographer to specifically work with the kids in these productions. These additional child directors/choreographers will give additional performance instruction and/or teach the students the historical significance of the show.