Each year, Central produces a full-scale mainstage musical production with students performing on stage, in the pit orchestra, and as part of the stage and tech crews. The grant will support the licensing, script and costume rentals, set and sound design equipment, choreographer’s fees, and other related expenses.
Commitment to Closing the Opportunity Gap
Through grants from the Foundation, students are provided with high-quality rented costumes, moving light equipment, special-effects equipment, and specialized makeup. Funds also allow the school to purchase needed scenic and prop elements for productions like moving lights, fog machines, and a snow machine that were featured in The Wizard of Oz this fall. Having these resources and opportunities helps students on stage and backstage engage in a professional theatrical experience that is not often found in high school.
Translation to College and Career Readiness
When students have opportunities to access and master professional-grade production elements, they are a step ahead of other students entering the entertainment field and university programs because they have already learned so much from their theatrical experiences at Central.