[responsive][/responsive]Commonwealth Theatre Center received a grant from The Kentucky Colonels on September 24, in the amount of $2,319.92 to purchase 8 Countryman E6i Ear Set Microphones. With this grant, CTC purchased 4 microphones in beige and 4 in cocoa, reflecting a continuing commitment by CTC’s Blue Apple Outreach to keeping professional touring show casts as diverse as the audiences served across Louisville and Southern Indiana schools.

The grant award, part of $2 million total issued by The Kentucky Colonels, proved timely. The microphones in use during the first half of CTC’s fall 2018 production of The Ugly Duckling by Geraldine Ann Snyder were beginning to fail. With new gear, our cast are able to bring crystal-clear sound to the remainder of the show’s 60+ performances at schools and with other community partners across the region.

Commonwealth Theatre Center serves 50,000+ youth and adults each year in a range of programs through Blue Apple Outreach and the Walden Theatre Conservatory. Blue Apple Outreach programs include productions like The Ugly Duckling as well as workshops and residency programs that enrich curricula in early childhood literacy, plus math, science, and history for Pre-K through grade 12. Walden Theatre Conservatory provides world-class theatre classes in acting and playwriting, and the company stages a highly regarded season of classic and contemporary plays.

Commonwealth Theatre Center, and the cast of The Ugly Duckling in particular, are grateful for the continuing support of The Kentucky Colonels.

“A Kentucky Colonel is more than just a certificate,” said Lynn Ashton, Commanding General of the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Colonels, “It’s a group of compassionate individuals that care about the citizens of Kentucky and who want to make a difference.  We harness our members’ generous donations and award grants to not-for-profits to help those most in need throughout the Commonwealth.”

The Kentucky Colonels is an organization of talented and capable men and women appointed by the Governor because of their citizenship and service. Their primary objective is to support Kentucky organizations who stand ready to help our citizens everywhere. The Kentucky Colonels, through their Good Works Program, distributed $2 million to support 231 worthy causes this year, which will impact over 3.8 million people across the state.