March 9, 2018
VIERA, Florida – The Summer Fine Arts Theatre Workshop (SFATW) program is returning to Brevard Public Schools through financial support from The Phoenix Foundation of Central Florida. The Foundation will provide $1 million in financial support over five years to provide grants for teachers as well as fund the summer fine arts program.
The grant program, Morning Glow, is available to music teachers and theater teachers and managers. They may apply for up to $25,000 per application to be used in building, reviving, renovating, providing supplies for school music and theater programs. Recipients will be selected by a committee, and grants will be awarded bi-annually in April and November.
Cindy Johnson, resource teacher for K-12 music stated, “We are excited to resurrect the Summer Fine Arts Theatre Workshop. It has been sorely missed. We are so grateful to the Phoenix Foundation of Central Florida for providing the funding for this impactful program and for grants for our music teachers, theater teachers and theater managers. The Phoenix Foundation of Central Florida is making a difference in the lives of our BPS students and teachers.”
The district hosted summer theater workshops for nearly 30 years until 2010 when the program was cut due to lack of funding. The Phoenix Foundation is dedicating half of their donation to reinstate the program.
The workshops begin May 30 and are open to incoming ninth grade students through rising seniors. The program is free, but students must apply to participate. Application information will be available in the upcoming weeks. Students will receive a fine arts credit for their involvement. Transportation will be provided, also funded by the foundation.
Titusville High School will host the workshops and production of “Barnum” for the North Area. The book for “Barnum” was written by Mark Bramble, with lyrics by Michael Stewart and music by Cy Coleman. “Barnum” was originally produced on the Broadway stage by Judy Gordon, Cy Coleman, Maurice and Lois F. Rosenfeld in association with Irwin Feld and Kenneth Feld. “Barnum” is produced by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
Satellite High will host the workshops and production of “Chess” for the South Area. The book for “Chess” is by Richard Nelson with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. “Chess” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Both performances are scheduled for June 28-30.
Carla Smith, Phoenix Foundation administrator, said, “Phoenix Foundation Morning Glow is excited to partner with BPS to provide Brevard County high school students with the opportunity to participate in the Summer Fine Arts Theatre Workshops.”
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