WEST PALM BEACH — The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts announced that for the second time in a row it has been selected for a National Education Grant from The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry.
The grants program provides $5,000 to 10 presenters of touring Broadway shows across the country for the development or support of education programs associated with touring productions.
They support innovative programs that enable students from coast to coast to experience touring Broadway productions as a form of artistic expression and as a means of education.
Kravis officials said the focal point of their grant will be next spring’s Kravis On Broadway presentation of the 25th anniversary production of the musical Les Misérables, which will be performed May 16-26.
Thirty music theatre students will create and produce an original music theatre showcase exploring the themes of poverty and oppression in the show. They will work under the instruction of the Drama and Music directors at Santaluces High School in Lantana, with the support of Broadway veterans Jacqueline Bayne Gillman (South Pacific, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ragtime) and Jason Gillman (Legally Blonde The Musical, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie).
The Gillmans will work with the students from the end of March through late May as they create and rehearse Lift Up Your Voice, culminating in performances before fellow students, family and friends at Santaluces High, 6880 Lawrence Road, Lantana, and the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.
Midway through the rehearsal process, the participating students will attend a live performance of Les Misérables at the Kravis Center, followed by a post-performance discussion with members of the touring cast. This will enable the students to draw inspiration from the professional production and deepen their insights when performing their original production.
For more information, call 561-832-7469 or visit www.kravis.org