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Weathervane Theatre Receives $20,000 from New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to Revitalize Family Programming and Arts Accessibility

Weathervane Theatre Receives $20,000 from New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to Revitalize Family Programming and Arts Accessibility

WHITEFIELD, NH - February 8, 2021 - New Hampshire’s award-winning Weathervane Theatre is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from the Local Grants Program of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund through The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund supports projects in Coös County, NH and bordering communities in the U.S. and Canada focusing on community revitalization. The purpose of the grant is to provide current and rising high school seniors in Coös County a pair of tickets to a production of their choice at the Weathervane Theatre, and to revamp Windsock, Weathervane's summer day camp program. The overall goal is to increase the next generation’s exposure to live professional theatre as well as participation in the performing arts.

Since 1966 Weathervane has been bringing live theatre to the North Country, promoting a message of acceptance, diversity, and inquiry through its varied programming designed to reach the diverse, and often underserved, population of the region.

“At the core of our mission is the belief everyone should have access to quality live theatre and education,” said Jorge Donoso, Weathervane Theatre’s Director of Development. “Studies show curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students in school. Coös County has an 11% dropout rate between ages 15-24, twice the national average of 5.4% making the arts in this county vital. While we believe the Theatre has had a positive impact on the region, there is still work to be done.”

Students eligible for this program must be graduating from a high school in Coös County in 2021 or 2022. To claim tickets students must show proof via school ID. Students may start claiming tickets as early as May 15, 2021. For more details or to be included on a mailing list with additional info regarding this program, please contact Weathervane’s Box Office at boxoffice@weathervanenh.org or Jorge Donoso at jorge@weathervanenh.org.

In addition to the new student ticket program, grant funds will go to the touring leg of Weathervane’s children’s theatre programming - Patchwork Players - to make it more accessible to North Country communities. On average, Weathervane’s Patchwork Players will tour each of their five productions to six different locations within 2 hours of the Weathervane, reaching an additional 2,200+ North Country residents. The remaining funds will go to Weathervane’s Windsock Theatre Camp, running August 2 - 21. Under new leadership, camp programming will offer a greater variety of educational and performance opportunities for young artists throughout the region.

Weathervane’s 56th season will run June 26 - October 10, 2021 featuring 11 Mainstage productions, 4 children’s theatre productions, and special events. Productions include Hello, Dolly!, Buyer & Cellar, The Addams Family, Kinky Boots, Amadeus, Disaster!, American Idiot, Pippin, She Loves Me, The Mountaintop, and Always...Patsy Cline. Ticket subscriptions and packages are currently on sale at weathervanenh.org. They’re also available via email (boxoffice@weathervanenh.org) or phone (603-837-9322).

ABOUT THE WEATHERVANE

The Weathervane Theatre was founded in 1965 by Gibbs Murray and the late Tom Haas and is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ethan Paulini. For over half a century, it has presented high quality professional productions of plays and musicals. One of the few remaining alternating rep companies in the United States, the Weathervane is recognized as a historical institution nationwide, boasting among its alumni Elizabeth Stanley, Tally Sessions, four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn and recent Tony Award Winner Ari’el Stachel.

Weathervane can be found on Facebook at /weathervanetheatre and all other social media platforms @weathervanenh.