- June 21, 2021
by: Rene Bell Adams
President of the Peabody Auditorium Foundation
The Peabody Auditorium Foundation, in partnership with Volusia County Schools, brought a show by the Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth to Ormond Beach Elementary’s historic stage on October 8. “Florida Treasures” educated and second through fifth grade students, as well as teachers and board members from the Peabody Auditorium Foundation, about our state’s storied history.
In the second week of touring over 18 Volusia County elementary and middle schools, the live performance component of the PAF’s
Youth+Art=Success! outreach program is in full swing. Performances across the schools include the Ponce de Leon-centric “Florida Treasures” and “The Time Machine,” an adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic — each performed by ACT. In addition, the students are treated to “The Fairy Tales of Grimm,” a classical 19th Century theatrical melodrama, and the classic Brothers Grimm story “The Elves and the Shoemaker.”
“The new In-School Touring and Scholarship program is the culmination of months of research and discussion amongst our board, theatrical companies, and our esteemed local educators, led by retired and revered Volusia County Schools Principal and PAF Board Member, Dr. Maryann Bull,” PAF Board President Rene Bell Adams said. “Dr. Bull and our Executive Director, Kathy Berman, led the charge on this initiative and were essential to this amazing pivot we were able to make in the wake of the pandemic when we were unable to host fundraising events, much less invite students to participate.”
The PAF’s Youth+Art=Success In-School Touring Program is for students of all ages, and the components of that and the scholarship opportunities break down within the different grade levels as follows:
Organizations such as TD Charitable Foundation and Wal-Mart Community Grant Program, as well as private donors Mr. and Mrs. J. Hyatt Brown are contributors to the program.
“We are so thankful for the generous donations we’ve received thus far and look forward to bringing more and more in-school opportunities to the students in our community,” PAF Executive Director Kathy Berman said. “It is our hope that this program will continue to grow and grow, so as many students and schools as possible will benefit.” peabodyauditoriumfoundation.org to donate.