TheatreSquared Launches Schools Tour
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"The Poe Show" Travels to 22 Arkansas Schools, 7,000 Students
ARKANSAS—November 14, 2011—TheatreSquared has launched a major tour of Arkansas high schools, bringing a newly commissioned 45-minute professional educational production into auditoriums in Northwest Arkansas, the Arkansas River Valley and the Arkansas Delta. The tour, which began November 7, will reach 22 high schools and more than 7,000 students by the time it concludes November 21.
"The Poe Show" features T2 Learning Programs Manager Erika Wilhite (Berthe in Boeing-Boeing); Justin Cunningham (Arkansas New Play Festival 2010, 2011), Thomas Hunter, and Caden Worley. The original script, chronicling the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe, was developed by T2 staff and artists at the 2011 Arkansas New Play Fest. The tour is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council Arts-in-Education grants program.
Cast members and Morgan Hicks, T2 Director of Education and Program Development, are posting photos, videos and stories from the road to the new School Tour Blog on TheatreSquared's website at the following address:
Northwest Arkansas patrons will come together to support TheatreSquared's educational outreach programs at the 2011 Gala for Education this Friday, November 18 at 6:30pm. Tickets and tables are still available by calling (479) 445-6333 or visiting theatre2.org/gala.
TheatreSquared’s educational outreach programs serve 8,500 students and teachers throughout Arkansas. Outreach programs include the statewide schools tour; the Word/Play in-school literacy initiative, engaging challenged readers through playwriting; the T2 Professional Development Institute, equipping Arkansas secondary educators with proven arts-based learning tools; and at the theatre, an access program to allow students to experience live, professional performances—many for the first time.
Major support for TheatreSquared's 2011/12 educational programs is supported by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts. School sponsors include the Happy Hollow Fund at Fayetteville Area Community Foundation and Harps Food Stores, Inc.