Driftwood’s “Take a Kid to the Theatre” program flourishes

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Driftwood Players’ “Take a Kid to the Theatre” program participants (L) Esther (10 years old) and Tomaii (7 years old). On  the right, Esther The Pirate. Photos courtesy of Kathleen Huston.

 

 

Kathleen Huston, program director of Take a Kid to the Theatre asks My Edmonds News readers, “What do you get when you enroll two kids from Everett’s Interfaith Family Services (Interfaith) in the Missoula Children’s Theater camp produced by the Driftwood Players?”

Well, we found out today, you get two excited kids, one ecstatic Interfaith children’s services coordinator, and 53 new friendships.

Take a Kid to the Theater is a Driftwood Players program established in August 2012 that started out “taking kids to the theater” to see kid friendly summer shows but that has grown exponentially.  The program reaches out to underserved, at-risk youth and their mothers that are living in shelter and transitional housing and introduces these children to live theater and the ways that live theater can enrich their lives.

Since beginning, the program has added main stage show attendance for children and their families; creative and music workshops on-site at local shelters, and now enrollment of a number of kids into the summer camp at the Wade James Theatre (950 Main St.)

This summer Interfaith kids enrolled in Take a Kid to the Theatre were provided enrollment in the camp, daily transportation to and from the theater from their shelter, bag lunches, t-shirts, concessions at the theater, a DVD of the performance. Participation in the program also included transportation and tickets for their families and friends to the Saturday afternoon performance of Peter and Wendy.

 All of these amenities were paid for by donations from Driftwood Players’ individual and foundation supporters.

Take a Kid to the Theater requires a lot of coordination on the part of program volunteers, but we can honestly say it was well worth it.  Just seeing the smiles on our kids and their families’ faces and the excitement the kids showed as they raced to the transport cars daily…Priceless!” says Huston.

Members of the greater Edmonds area who would like to help support this worthy program can donate online at the program link.

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