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Marblehead Little Theatre receives $2,500 grant from McCarthy foundation

Posted by Susannah Blair  January 13, 2012 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem:

 The McCarthy Family Foundation of Peabody has awarded Marblehead Little Theatre (MLT) a $2,500 grant which will be used in support of  the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem's spring 2012 Performing Arts program.  

This grant will fund scripts, stage set building costs and costumes needed for the Boys & Girls Club's spring 2012 play. MLT will also provide technical support, including lighting and sound, as well as staging and other theatrical support not available through the Boys & Girls Club. MLT would contribute the Director of Theatrical Facilities to oversee and support set building and lighting design. Other MLT resources would be made available as needed. In addition, an MLT tech crew will educate the Club's 10- to 12-year-old thespians in set design, prop creation and costume design and fabrication.

Since 2006, and with support from the McCarthy Family Foundation, Marblehead Little Theatre has been offering children's classes in an effort to provide a greater number of performing arts opportunities for area youth. 

"As members of the theatrical community, Marblehead Little Theatre members strongly believe that the thrill of watching a child's confidence, manner and skill grow as they learn the 'tricks of the trade' is incomparable," says Charles Gessner, Chairman of MLT's Board of Trustees. "While we recognize that not all will develop into huge talents, we believe that most children will profit immensely from the lessons learned during the creative process."

Partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem is an extension of MLT's Children's Theatre effort. During this collaboration, the Boys and Girls Club's actors will rehearse at the Club in Salem until the week prior to the performance, when final rehearsals move to MLT's 92-seat theatre.

"The partnership with MLT provides our young actors with the unique opportunity to perform on real stage with equipment and costumes used by professionals," said Taylor Nelson, the Boys & Girls Club's Arts and Education Director. Ms. Nelson will direct the play. "These resources are ones that we would otherwise not have the ability to provide our members."

Though the name of the spring performance has not yet been released, performers MJ Sirois and Katie Henry are already excited about the project. Both are twelve year olds and performing arts program veterans who had roles in last spring's Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes last Spring.
 
"Wow, that's great," they said. "Being able to perform on a real live stage will be awesome!"

Annually, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem offers its greater than 1,000 members more than forty-five (45) academic, arts, athletic, leadership, philanthropic and volunteer programs each academic year. This year's Performing Arts program will expose Club members to a diverse range of artistic traditions from West African dance and Japanese Theater to puppet-based Puerto Rican storytelling. 

Since its founding in 1988, the McCarthy Family Foundation has distributed in excess of $4 million in grants for programs dedicated primarily to children and education, religious education, health and wellness, and tolerance in many forms. As part of its on-going activities, the McCarthy Family Foundation is accepting grant applications for programs in all of the aforementioned areas of need.

For more information about this partnership, or to schedule an interview with Taylor Nelson, Charles Gessner or Marblehead Little Theatre President Bruce Whear, please contact Christopher Coleman at 978-744-0915 or at ccoleman@bgcgs.org.

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