Whether it’s two friends, a great distance, or just the dots, connecting to the people and things in the world around us is imperative. Right now, it can also be quite challenging. This month at SCT, we are taking the time to focus on how we connect with our audience, community and friends – near and far! The best way we know how to connect is through art, and even though the doors to our theatre may be closed for now, it isn’t stopping us from creating, sharing, and teaching. For generations, SCT has been a friend and resource to young people and their families, and that is a connection that will never waiver.
So read on to discover all the ways SCT continues to connect to our valued audience – nationally, regionally and locally.
There is a lot going on in our nation and the world right now, and we believe that the best way to process and learn about big changes is through art. SCT is excited to be a leading producer for the world-premiere of A Kids Play About Racism, which debuts on Broadway on Demand for free on August 1 & 2. The effort, supported by 41 theatres for young audiences, is developed from Jelani Memory’s A Kids Book About Racism and directed by bicoastal multidisciplinary artist Khalia Davis who was recently named TYA/USA’s 2019 Emerging Theatre Artist. As part of the production, educational materials developed by SCT in collaboration with the Northwest African American Museum will help students learn through art, history and education, inspiring and equipping them to change the world.
EXCLUSIVE FOR SCT FAMILIES
Join Aiko Bethea as she facilitates a powerful (and virtual) discussion with Khalia Davis, Kennedy Dawson, LaNesha DeBardelaben, and Johamy Morales on how history, education, personal experience, and art intersect, equip, and inspire young people to change the world. As part of SCT and Northwest African American Museum’s audience, you have priority access to this exclusive prerecorded event on Saturday, August 1 at 10 a.m. or Sunday, August 2 at 5 p.m. Mark your calendars today and plan to join us on SCT's YouTube Channel for this exclusive post-show event!
We are excited to announce that on August 15, SCT will partner with KING-FM 98.1 for a 10-week educational series featuring the musical accompaniments from a number of our past productions including Goodnight Moon, Peter and the Wolf, and more! In addition to the experience of listening to these iconic scores and books, SCT’s education staff and teaching artists will be creating curriculum and activities to accompany each book narrative from home, designed to engage your student’s body, voice, and imagination.
KING-FM reaches across the Greater Puget Sound with up to 300,000 listeners a week, and with a simple click of a button you can join us on Saturday morning starting August 15 for an experience your whole family will love. Visit us online for more information from us and our friends at KING-FM on when and where you can tune in! Who knows, the music from your favorite SCT show may just be featured.
THANK YOU, ARTSFUND!
Join us in thanking one of SCT's great partners who really show us how to make connections. ArtsFund has been supporting the mission of SCT for decades and this year is no different. We were thrilled to be a recipient of one of their Arts Emergency Relief grants in May. We aren't alone! This spring ArtsFund provided $5.3M in grants to 111 organizations. Celebrating a major milestone this year, they have been connecting our community to the arts for 50 years. ArtsFund strengthens the community by supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grant-making and SCT is thrilled to be connected to this great organization.
We are thrilled that we have been able to find new ways to connect with our students with virtual Summer Drama Classes. August marks the final month of summer classes, and over the course of the last 2 months, we have been able to welcome over 600 students from 14 states across the country to gather within SCT’s virtual walls.
Encouraging connection through a virtual setting can be challenging, but our teaching artists and students have found success through SCT’s intimate class sizes and new roster of summer classes including unique affinity options and upcoming classes like Intro to Puppetry, Sensory Drama, and Stand Up classes for BIPOC students. It has been 2 months of supreme creativity and fun, and we can’t wait to see what August will bring!