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Our Education Department often hears stories from students, teachers and patrons about the power of live theatre to effect transformation in the lives of young people. Here is one story:
A young girl living in an emergency shelter has been uprooted from the life she once knew. She faces hardships that most of us could not imagine. All she wants is to be a kid for a little while longer. One afternoon, the kids at the shelter are whisked away on a magical journey down a rabbit hole where they meet a Cheshire Cat, a Mad Hatter, and an adventurous girl named Alice. Sitting on the edge of her theatre seat, the girl is mesmerized by what unfolds before her. She gets the chance to meet the actors and participate in a workshop. Not only does this experience allow her to be a kid again, it gives her inspiration and hope for the future. That evening, she writes to Shaw Education,
“August 23 was the best day in my life. We went to Alice in Wonderland.” – Rawan, age 9
In 2016, nearly 17,000 young people witnessed theatre and participated in associated educational experiences at The Shaw. Because of your contributions, close to 1000 of those youth were able to experience financially-sponsored theatre. When you support Shaw Education:
Our 2017 Season is especially exciting for students, teachers and families: In addition to offering backstage tours, workshops, and artist chats, history comes alive through 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt; young people are offered a provocative introduction to the works of Bernard Shaw through Saint Joan; and children are given the opportunity to help tell the story onstage in our Wilde Tales workshop.
With your help, educational programming at The Shaw will continue to expand, making it even more accessible to youth, students and teachers.
We accept Visa, Master Card and American Express; and cheques from both Canadian and American donors. Canadian cheques, payable to The Shaw Festival, can be mailed to: Shaw Festival Theatre, P.O. Box 774, Niagara on the Lake, ON, L0S 1J0. US cheques, payable to The Shaw Festival Foundation, can be mailed to P.O. Box 628, Lewiston, NY 14092-9819.
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The Shaw Festival is recognized as a charitable organization by the Canada Revenue Agency and the IRS in the United States and provides tax receipts for all charitable donations over $10. For further information on any of these opportunities, call Development at 1.800.657.1106 ext 2208.