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.