Wheelock Family Theatre Grant Will Increase Access

October 12, 2017

Wheelock Family Theatre logoWheelock Family Theatre (WFT) won a Mass Cultural Council grant that will support reduced-price ticket and tuition options, giving even more children and their families access to WFT productions and theatre education classes.

The Mass Cultural Council awarded WFT a Cultural Investment Portfolio, which is an unrestricted operating support grant, in the amount of $11,300.

WFT's mission is to create intergenerational and multicultural productions that provide a shared experience for families of all kinds. Its productions celebrate the diverse range of families found in the world today and seek to unite them in the shared experience of live theatre. WFT is especially dedicated to those who are historically under-served: people of color, people with disabilities, and low-income families.

The new grant will allow WFT to continue and expand its longstanding policy of offering reduced-price ticket options to its performances and reduced-price tuition for low-income students interested in its theatre classes. The Theatre produces three main stage shows each season and offers an array of theatre classes for children aged 3-18. See the list of current shows and classes on the Wheelock Family Theatre website.

WFT's 2017-2018 Season includes:

IN THE HEIGHTS
October 27 - November 19, 2017

DISNEY'S BEAUTY & THE BEAST
February 2 - March 4, 2018

STUART LITTLE
April 13 - May 13, 2018

See show times and buy tickets on the Wheelock Family Theatre website.

ABOUT WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE

Wheelock Family Theatre has been the Greater Boston area's premier theatre company serving children and families, with professional, affordable theatre that appeals to people of all ages. The Theatre realizes the mission of Wheelock College to improve the lives of children and families. The theatre was founded in 1981 by Andrea Genser, Anthony Hancock, Susan Kosoff, and Jane Staab with the endorsement and support of the Wheelock College President, Gordon Marshall. In the years since its founding the theatre has staged more than 100 mainstage productions - from classic children's shows like Charlotte's Web or Pippi Longstocking, to family-friendly musicals like Peter Pan and The Sound of Music, to thought-provoking dramas like To Kill a Mockingbird that deal with issues of interest and concern to young people.

ABOUT THE MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL

The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy. The Council pursues this mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools.

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