Help fund Plan-B's Free Elementary School Tour as part of #GivingTuesday on December 2

 

Last year we at Plan-B decided that rather than conduct the standard, year-end “Holiday Ask” campaign last December, we at Plan-B Theatre joined more than 10,000 non-profit organizations worldwide for the 24-hour global fundraiser #Giving Tuesday.

It turns out that we were the second most successful theatre company in the world . . . .so we’ve decided to participate again this December.

#GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 2 from 12:01am to 11:59pm (EST), which is really from 10:01pm on December 1 to 9:59pm on December 2 here in Zion. Please help fund our Free Elementary School Tour! Get familiar with how to make your gift that day.

Plan-B Theatre Company, via the Free Elementary School Tour, is the only professional theatre company in Utah creating new work specifically for elementary students. Envisioned as a six-year project featuring five commissions, the goal is to provide free, professional, in-school performance at Title I schools while adding five new plays to the canon of theatre for young audiences.

The Free Elementary School Tour launched with Sergei Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF, an interactive journey through the classic story of the hungry wolf, the ill-fated duck, the fortunate cat, the fearless little bird, and the brave and cunning Peter.

PETER AND THE WOLF was seen at no charge by more than 10,000 K-3 students between September of 2012 and January of 2014. Performing Arts Coalition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Davis Arts Council and Salt Lake Symphony partnered at different stages of the tour.

The second Free Elementary School Tour, the world premiere Matthew Ivan Bennett’s DIFFERENT=AMAZING, was drawn from real-life bullying experiences of elementary students, including current Salt Lake and Davis County students. The goal was to provide students with the tools to identify, address and hopefully prevent bullying in their own schools.

DIFFERENT=AMAZING was seen by more than 12,000 students, grades 4-6, between February and October 2014. Davis Arts Council, Good Company Theatre and Art Access partnered at different stages of the tour.

The third Free Elementary School Tour will be the world premiere of Jenifer Nii’s RUFF!, a metaphorical “tail” of two shelter dogs, and a bit about what life is like at a typical animal shelter. It’s really about what’s possible when we learn to see past stereotypes and summon courage to be the best they we be.  RUFF! will tour to K-3 students in late August/early September 2015 in partnership with Davis Arts Council and Intermountaion Therapy Animals.

The Free Elementary School Tour continues in 2016 with Melissa Leilani Larson’s piece about body image; in 2017 with Elaine Jarvik’s piece about grief; and in 2018 with Debora Threedy’s piece about imagination.

Read more about why you should support Plan-B on #GivingTuesday in The Salt Lake Tribune.

#GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 2 from 12:01am to 11:59pm (EST), which is really from 10:01pm on December 1 to 9:59pm on December 2 here in Zion. Please help fund our Free Elementary School Tour! Get familiar with how to make your gift that day.

Colleen Baum & Jeanette Puhich on rehearsing CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS
Interns Michael Johnson & Carleton Bluford reflect on their time with Plan-B

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