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.
Members, supporters and volunteers will join in celebration at the Seacoast Repertory Theater annual Rep on the River gala aboard the Thomas Laighton. Part cruise, part fundraiser, part show, part auction, part dinner party, the event is an important opportunity to showcase the range of programming The Rep offers to theater lovers of all ages, and raise critical funds to keep the theatre thriving.
This year’s gala sets sail on the Piscataqua River from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature a silent auction, with items including fine wine, getaway packages, local art, jewelry and much more; all donated by the finest area merchants.
The Rep’s youth program, Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts and its Teen Stage Ensemble, will welcome guests. The resident acting company and representatives of the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts will perform selections from the 2015 season. Audience favorite Jamie Bradley will MC.
Rep on the River will be held rain or shine on October 4th, and will set sail promptly at 5:30 aboard the heated Thomas Laighton, which docks at 315 Market Street, Portsmouth. Tickets are $75 per person or $135 per couple, and space is limited.
To purchase tickets please call the box office at (603) 433-4472 or visit the box office at 125 Bow Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801. Tickets also may be purchased online here.
Bondgarden Farms, Great Island Realty, Piscataqua Savings Bank, Left Bank Films, The Woodland Group, and a friend of the Rep who chose to remain anonymous.