So far this year, we've had a record number of students, standout classes and performances, and a brand new chance for students to learn from Broadway professionals right here in Aspen! These exciting opportunities are essential to instilling a lasting appreciation for performing arts in our students, and to grow their character and confidence for life.
Every season, we work tirelessly to help you raise the next generation of theatre artists, patrons, and enthusiasts. We are truly proud of what Theatre Aspen has accomplished over the last five years, both in the growth and the tremendous quality of our productions and classes. Here are some thoughts from Theatre Aspen Education parents about the impact we are having on local students:
“I just want you to know that I responded… today with a donation [from our] family, because…well, because you asked…and because we LOVE Theatre Aspen kids productions. … Graham and the staff in your education department have had a tremendous impact on our kids. I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by Shrek the Musical. From the most outgoing…to the more introverted [students], it is just a wonderful gift you give to this community and a joy to observe the growth in each young actor.”
“We are so thrilled with your productions and the skill set our girls are gaining as they are in [them]. You have done an amazing job at hiring top notch people to work with kids. As I am sure you see, [our daughter] is super shy, but man, you put her on stage and she shines!!”
“I want to thank you for bringing the Broadway Dreams Foundation to Aspen! …[The students] had an INCREDIBLE experience. For some it was life-changing. [My daughter] is so incredibly inspired. …It's a REAL experience… It showed them all where they could be heading... Next year I'm signing up, too!”
“Just had to tell you how wonderful I thought [Shrek] was. I know how much work goes into putting a production of this caliber on and you should be proud!”
Tuition covers only 60% of the cost of programs and productions for students. The remainder of TAS’ budget comes from the generous support of individuals like you. Your support of Theatre Aspen School has allowed us to offer even higher caliber theatre education and personal growth experiences.
We’ve recently expanded to include theatrical design and technology training with the addition of a TAS Tech Company and design curriculum. Also new this year is our exclusive collaboration with Broadway Dreams, which has already empowered all our students to dream even bigger by bringing the best in the field to teach and perform alongside our students. Your support of new initiatives like these will ensure that the opportunities will continue to grow as we look ahead to offering even more advanced training programs for youth and teens.
To make these opportunities available to every child in the Valley, we provide scholarships and work-study plans, and we are proud to tell you that we have never turned away a student because of financial need. The percentage of students receiving scholarships in 2015 has already doubled from last year, and we’re only halfway through. A gift of $1,000 can give a student a yearlong range of experiences and education that will impact the rest of her or his life; contributions of $300 can cover a full scholarship for a student for one class. You can help us meet the growing demand for financial aid, and help us make TAS even more robust this year.
Thank you for entrusting us with this vital part of your child’s education. Please help us grow bigger, better and more accessible to all children in the Valley. Every dollar contributed to TAS goes directly to educate and inspire the young people in our programs.
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