Golden Tickets to the Chocolate Factory

Enrolling in the Walden Theatre Conservatory is a tough prospect for kids dealing with financial obstacles and—even bigger—transportation uncertainties. But thanks to the initiative and determination of our teaching artists, we have a remedy for some students from Whitney Young Elementary.

We are providing 4 students from Whitney Young Elementary with financial aid AND transportation so they can take part in our 3-week Summer Academy. This program gives kids the chance to learn more about acting and concludes with the actors performing a full-length, fully produced show for public audiences.

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Each year, roughly 80 students at Whitney Young, a local Title 1 school, take part in our Exploring History Through Drama program. The residency’s culminating performance has become a much anticipated rite of passage for the 5th grade class. As thrilling as it is for them to create theatre in history class, many of the students want to take their training further.

With your help, they can avoid summer learning loss while taking part in our Summer Academy! This year’s production is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on the book by Roald Dahl and dramatized by Richard R. George.

Together let’s give these four Whitney Young students some amazing Golden Tickets!

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Since long before merger, Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players have both had strong relationships with Whitney Young Elementary. In addition to the History Through Drama residency, Blue Apple touring musicals have inspired generations of young audiences at the school. Please support this project with whatever gift you can and help us finally bring some of these talented, engaged students into our nationally-recognized theatre Conservatory for the first time. ­