Home Made Theater, Saratoga’s resident theater company, is pleased to
announce its Play It Forward initiative. Play It Forward provides children
in need the opportunity to attend a live theatrical performance, HMT’s
holiday production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
During their annual subscription and membership drive, HMT asked their
subscribers and members to contribute an additional $12 (the cost of a
child’s ticket to their December production). HMT matched every donation
received. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, complimentary tickets
are being distributed to area non-profit organizations with a focus on
children in need.
Why a program like Play It Forward? A study by the University of Arkansas
showed that live theater events enhance literary knowledge, tolerance, and
empathy among children who attend. The NEA identifies both cost and access
as major barriers to theater attendance. A recent survey done by The
Guardian found that 20% of schools have reduced funding for the arts and
arts experiences, and 9% have eliminated these kinds of programs entirely
due to lack of funding.
In response to HMT’s program, Fern Hurley, Community Outreach Director of
the Captain Youth and Family Services program said “Many of the youth we
work with would not otherwise have the chance to attend a theater
production.” Other organizations participating in the initiative are
Saratoga Mentoring Program, and the Franklin Community Center.
HMT at the Spa Little Theater
2017-18 – our 33rd season
Oct 2017: Peter and the starcatcher
Dec 2017: a CHRISTMAS carol
Feb 2018: inspecting carol
Apr/May 2018: joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat