The Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts was founded in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The mission of the Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts is to promote, enhance, and fund education and participation in the performing arts by members of our local community at all economic levels. To realize their mission, the Foundation offers three major programs to the local community.
Summer Camp for Students
Every year the Riverside Foundation offers a free theater summer camp to low-income and at-risk children. The training they receive at the summer camp is a strong vehicle that enables the participants to increase their individual self-esteem, to focus on their abilities, and to develop an interest in the cultural arts. The children participate in music (voice), choreography and acting training sessions. During the two-week camp, participants also rehearse for the end of camp Showcase, which is a live public performance held on the last day.
Dare to Dream – Children Theatre Sponsorship
The Riverside Foundation Dare to Dream program specifically targets Title I schools in our area. Many of the students in these schools come from low-income families who simply cannot afford to purchase tickets to a play. Under this program, Riverside Foundation can sponsor local elementary school children to attend a performance of in the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts Children’s Theater.
Awards for Excellence in High School Theater
In 2018, Riverside Foundation spotlighted local high school musical performers in the first ever awards program and ceremony. Riverside Foundation’s goal for the program is to recognize, reward, and encourage talent and achievement in musical theater among area high school students.
In this local Tony Award-style production, high school students compete for recognition in a variety of categories, from hair and makeup, to choreography and scenic design, to best actor and actress, and more.
In addition to holding the Annual Awards program to showcase the local high school talent, Riverside Foundation awards two theater-based scholarships. During the Annual Awards ceremony, the Riverside Scholarship and the Rollin E. Wehman Award are presented to deserving high school students interested in pursuing a career in theater.
This year’s Annual Awards Program for High School Theater will be held on May 12 at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s high school productions (The Foundation is considering both musical and dramatic entries this year!!!) under consideration include:
- Fredericksburg Academy – Matilda the Musical
- Culpeper County High School – The Addams Family
- Eastern View High School – Frozen Jr.
- Fredericksburg Christian School – Seussical the Musical
- James Monroe High School – Les Miserables
- King George High School – The Little Mermaid
- Stafford High School – The Madwoman of Chaillot
More information about the upcoming high school performances and the award ceremony can be found on the Foundation’s website.
The Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The mission of the Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts is to promote, enhance, and fund education and participation in the performing arts by members of our local community at all economic levels.
Night Out at the Theater Fundraiser Event
The Riverside Foundation is holding a Paint and Sip Fundraiser Night on February 8, 2020 at the Paint and Sip Studio at 3500 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407. This is a Painting with A Purpose charity event benefiting the Riverside Foundation’s Excellence in High School Theater Awards Ceremony.
This class is a public event and the more seats sold; the more money will be donated! Class will begin promptly at 6:30 pm so we recommend arriving no later than 6:15pm as this will give you time to order any beverages and get settled in. If you have any additional questions or concerns about the venue, please call the studio (540)412-6202. If you have any questions about the event itself, please contact Jessica Dotson at (276)393-4341 or email@example.com
For more information on how to get involved with the Riverside Foundation or to donate. Visit their WEBSITE.
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