Hannaford Supermarkets awarded Seacoast Repertory Theatre a $25,000 contribution to fund the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, or PAPA, through 2015.
The PAPA program trains hundreds of children in the performing arts. The grant will cover expenses for teachers, costumes, props, and other production costs associated with the program.
"Hannaford Supermarkets actively supports youth and families in the communities we serve," said Eric Blom, Hannaford spokesman. "We are proud to advance the Seacoast Repertory Theatre's vision, helping build the confidence and skills of young people in the Seacoast Region through participation in the PAPA program and in the performing arts."
The PAPA program holds classes, workshops, day and overnight camps for kids age 6 to 18, training them in acting, singing, movement and stagecraft to help them develop confidence, independence, and work ethic.
“You can see the way this program changes kids for the better,” said Miles Burns, interim artistic director at The Rep and head of PAPA. “Hannaford’s grant to the PAPA program will ensure we can really give this program what it needs to succeed and expand.”
PAPA classes begin Saturday, Jan. 10th and run year-round. For more information, visit www.seacoastrep.org/youth-program.
Seacoast Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that their award winning Red Light series will be presenting White Hot Winter: A Ru Paul’s Drag Race Revue one night only January 16th at 8:00pm. This very special evening will feature a full drag revue starring Boston’s best drag queens, and headlined by Jujubee one of the all-star contestants for Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 2.
Ru Paul’s Drag Race is an award winning reality television series that pits 12 of the nation’s best drag performers up against each other in a battle of wits, talent and nerve. Each performer has a chance to showcase their individual style of drag, and each week contestants are eliminated based on their performance in each week’s challenges. Only one drag performer can reign supreme! Hosted by the infamous drag star herself, Ru Paul, the series is about to launch its 7th season.
After the smashing success of Midsummer Night Queens, it was a “no brainer to revive the series this winter” says Knate Higgins, Special Series Curator and host of the event (as his drag alter ego, Bunny Wonderland). “We are ecstatic to continue the series, as it was truly a highlight for Red Light this past year. I think we have found a great niche for series and for our theatre.” In addition to Jujubee, the show will feature regional drag queens from Boston, and White Hot Winter is hosted by Portsmouth’s own Queen of The “B’s”, Bunny Wonderland.
White Hot Winter: A Ru Paul’s Drag Race Revue runs one night only January 16th 8:00pm. Bar is open at 7:00pm. $25 per ticket, All tickets are general Admission. Seating is limited and due to high demand, advance purchase is recommended. Tickets may be purchased online at www.seacoastrep.org, in person at 125 Bow Street Portsmouth, NH 03801, or over the phone at 603.433.4472.