Mar 27, 2014

Oddfellows Playhouse thanks the Community Foundation of Middlesex County for Their Generous Gant




For Immediate Release
Middletown, Connecticut, March 26, 2014

Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater is grateful to announce that we have received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. The award is made possible by the generosity of the Connecticut Humanities Fund, a grant making partnership between the Community Foundation and Connecticut Humanities, and  will go to Oddfellows’ Junior and Teen Repertory.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County. Its mission is to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds and to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant-making to address community needs. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 1,100 grants totaling more than $3.3 million to nonprofit organizations for the arts; cultural and heritage programs; educational activities; environmental improvements; and for health and human services.

Oddfellows Junior and Teen Rep put up four full productions a year. Our most recent production was She Kills Monsters, a play by Teen Rep that finished its successful run last March 23rd. Coming up is Junior Rep’s pirate musical Buccaneers, which will open on Friday, April 4th.  

Jeannette Archer-Simons, Interim Executive Director stated, “ It is good people in the community supporting the Community Foundation that allow us to bring children and youth together to build confidence, find their voice in artistic expression and create community conversation through the arts.  We thank the Community Foundation and all who support its work, for bringing the arts alive for the children and youth of Middletown and our audiences. We are also thankful for the Community Foundation’s partnership with Connecticut Humanities in making youths’ voices heard.”

About us:
Oddfellows Playhouse was founded in 1975 as a community-based, multicultural theater program designed to include children from all backgrounds. Oddfellows remains Connecticut’s largest and most active year-round youth theater, an independent, not-for-profit organization that annually serves over 1,200 young people.  The mission is “ to build essential life skills through the performing arts.”
In 2013 Oddfellows Playhouse was named “Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theatre by Connecticut Magazine.  In 2012 Oddfellows was awarded its very first National Endowment for the Arts award for the Our Town grant. In 2003, Citizens Bank named Oddfellows Playhouse its Community Champion for youth services, and CPTV featured the Playhouse and its program on a special titled art.culture.life. In 1999, the Playhouse received a Community Service Award from the Middlesex County NAACP in recognition of its years of commitment to young people, particularly those challenged by poverty.  The New England Theatre Conference recognized the Playhouse’s history of quality performing arts and youth education with an Award of Excellence in 1998.
The Playhouse has produced over 350 shows, including classics, contemporary and world premieres.
For more information contact:  Jeannette Archer-Simons at (860) 347-6143 ext. 101 or Jeannette@oddfellows.org