Opera house awarded grants; forms new youth theatre partnership

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Published on July 13, 2020 with No Comments

Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso has received more than $46,000 in grants and has established a new virtual Youth Theatre Education program.

“While we remain closed to the public, we have been working hard to continue improvements at Memorial Opera House,” said Executive Director Scot MacDonald. “Our house remains dark, but these grants and new Youth Theatre program will help assure that we have a brighter future.”

The grants include:

• $20,000 unrestricted grant from the Anderson Foundation. The funds will be used in part to help with completion of the new front doors, a project that the Memorial Opera House Foundation has been planning; purchase of a new computer for the use of projection backdrops which will help with better usage of backstage space; and for the conversion of the costume room to classroom space for the LimeLights youth theatre program.

• $4,500 matching grant from Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) for project support to allow for the inventory, restoration, and proper storage of costumes.

• $9,300 grant from IAC for operations support. The funds will be used to support operations for the LimeLights to keep the program growing during the pandemic. In addition, the opera house is now eligible for this grant program every year, rather than every other year.

• $3,000 grant from Arts Midwest (administered through IAC) from the federal CARES Act funds

• $9,500 grant from the Porter County Community Foundation which will be used for the conversion of the costume room to classroom space.

The opera house has also formed a new partnership with BAM Theatricals to offer virtual youth theatre programs beginning later this month. These online courses offer students from all over the country the chance to participate in classes taught by extremely qualified instructors who have participated in national tours and Broadway productions. There are choices ranging from Master Classes to virtual show choirs. Tuition for these courses will be split 60/40 between BAM Theatricals and the opera house.

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