Coming Up Roses!


Viv & Lily, Summer Theatre Camp

Curtain up! Light the lights! You got nothing to hit but the heights!

You’ll be swell. You’ll be great. I can tell. Just you wait.
That lucky star I talk about is due!
Honey, everything’s coming up roses for me and for you!
From “Gypsy,” with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Jule Styne

People who participate in DFT largely through our performances sometimes ask me what goes on when I’m not directing plays or teaching classes – Of course there is much to do year-round to keep our theatre strong and growing – and much more when a small not-for-profit is bursting at the seams, ready to build on our first four years of success in living our mission – looking ahead to shaping and funding our fifth season and beyond.

To be certain the vital administrative work is celebrated along with our more public accomplishments, here are a few of our recent administrative successes –

FIRST! Durham Family Theatre has received the Mary Duke Biddle Grant for our 2014-2015 season – specifically to support our efforts toward long-term financial accessibility in scholarships, apprenticeships and outreach to financially challenged communities.  ALONG WITH MANY OTHER funding sources, we will use the $3,000 MDB grant to effectively reach into our underserved community in East Durham, to kick-off an apprenticeship program allowing DFT to employ one acting apprentice in a main stage production each year and establish reliable funding sources for our already active scholarship programs. THANK YOU to Mary Duke Biddle for this significant support.

AND we were able to put the grant to immediate use by attending the Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s annual Youth Jobs Fair at Holten Resource Center in East Durham. It was a wonderful event – I gave out dozens of fliers and summer position applications while meeting over 50 youth and young adults, 48 of whom signed up for more information on summer camp internships and a summer camp assistant director position with DFT.

AND of the fantastic 48 sign-ups, one fantastic applicant demonstrated both the interest and the experience to be hired as our Summer Camp Assistant to the Director. This position is funded through the OEWD with the Mayor’s Summer Youth Works program. I’ll announce our assistant camp director’s name in a few weeks, complete with photo and bio, so check back.

There’s more to tell, but I won’t overwhelm you today. I’ll just say “stay posted” for more of the roses coming up at DFT this spring. (AND DON’T DELAY SIGN UP TODAY FOR OUR AMAZING SUMMER THEATRE CAMPS!)

Warmly, Jenny Justice


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