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Yampa Valley Performing Arts Council

Support "Shakespeare Everywhere:" free outdoor performances during the summer months, indoor productions in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, youth theatre education programs during the school year, and the Old Stone Church Theatre development project.

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Youth Theatre Scholarships

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Single Parents

Description

The Youth Theatre Scholarship Fund will support theatre training workshops for economically disadvantaged and ELL students. Students will have an opportunity to participate in summer theatre workshop activities and year round after school programs regardless of ability to pay or language barriers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This will be a new program in 2020. We will measure success by the number of qualifying students who enroll and participate in the theatre training. Subjective evaluation by students, teachers, and parents will determine the value and continuation of the scholarship program.

Shakespeare Everywhere

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
General population
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

An October production of a full length Shakespearean tragedy or history play offered in collaboration with the local St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Local actors and professionals work together to bring classical theatre to an underserved area of Northwestern Colorado. The 2019 season included six performances of Hamlet from October 3 - October 12. Shakespeare's Henry V is planned as the 2020 production. This is an entertainment and cultural experience intended for a mature (teen and older) audience.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our 2019 production of Hamlet was a huge artistic and commercial success. Ticket sales, community awareness, and audience appreciation were all significantly higher than in 2018. This season Shakespeare production promises to be an annual event in collaboration with St. Paul's and may lead to other performances during the winter and spring months.

2019 Piknik Theatre Festival

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families
General population
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Free outdoor summer theatre in a picnic setting at public parks in Steamboat Springs. Two productions running in repertory including a classic Shakespearean comedy and an original musical premiere work. Both are suitable for families and presented in public parks during late July and early August. Summer activities have become a strong economic activity in our community and our productions complement the array of available outdoor athletic. Families are the target audience for our performances, so our focus is primarily entertainment. But our shows raise the artistic bar for theatre in our community with professional actors and professional quality material that provoke critical thinking and a range of emotions.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We measure the success of our summer season through attendance figures (about 1000 people attend during the course of our 10-production; weather permitting) and donations collected (up 100 percent from 2018 to 2019). We also offer low cost theatre workshops for teens during the summer production season and use registration numbers to measure success.

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