Registration for our fall classes and lessons opened Aug 1. There are still open slots for private lessons, as well as classes and theater programs.
Private lessons and keyboard classes begin the week of Sept 5
Early childhood classes begin the week of Sept 18
Apple Tree Arts was awarded a $219,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) for the continued renovation of the Great Hall and the studios and classrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors!!
We have the matching funds required to receive the grant. Donna Blanchard, executive director of Apple Tree Arts was thrilled to be given the grant for the second time from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “It’s an amazing honor to receive a grant commensurate with the amount highly worthy organizations in the state received,” said Blanchard. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Science and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum were given a similar amount.
The MCFF received 131 applications for the highly competitive grant round with $28 million sought for projects. The awards included 61 capital grants totaling about $8.9 million and 18 planning grants totally about $400,000. Donna Blanchard executive director of Apple Tree Arts was thrilled to be given the grant for the second time from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “It’s an amazing honor to receive a grant commensurate with the amount highly worthy organizations in the state received,” said Blanchard. Apple Tree Arts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Science and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum were given a similar amount.
Integrated sound and lighting systems, black-out window treatments, stage rigging and curtains for the Great Hall are all included in the grant, as well as providing audio equipment and smart boards for Apple Tree Arts’ classrooms and practice studios on the second and third floor of the building.
We are thrilled!
We are launching a Share a Chair Fundraiser! For only $250, families can sponsor a chair for the Great Hall. Each chair will be outfitted with a plaque honoring a person of your choice: a student, a parent, or in memory of a loved one. These chairs will be used for performances and events in the Great Hall for years to come!
We've added a NEW summer theater program for kids in grades 3-7, called Showstoppers!
Imagine performing songs and scenes from some of your favorite Broadway shows! Students will learn to cultivate their singing, dancing and acting skills over the course of two weeks as they rehearse scenes, musical numbers and dances from popular Broadway musicals. This program culminates in a final matinee performance on the Saturday following the program.
July 24- August 4 (2 weeks)
Performance- Saturday August 5, 1:00pm
Mixed Age Move & Groove - ages 1-4
Arts Alive - ages 4-5
Intro to Keyboard - ages 6-7
Gr 3-7 July 10-14, 9-2 pm Thwacked!
Gr 1-2 July 17- 21 9-12 pm Kitty Kat Kapers (was Goin' Buggy)
Gr 4-8 July 10- July 21 9am-noon Show Choir
Gr 3-7 July 24- Aug 4, 9-2 pm (2 weeks) Disney's Peter Pan, Jr.
Gr 3-7 July 24 - Aug 4, 9-2pm (2 weeks) Showstoppers!
Gr 1-2 July 31- Aug 4, 9-12 pm How Does Your Garden Groove?
Gr 8-12 Aug 7- Aug 18 8-2 pm (2 weeks) Sister Act
Gr 3-7 Aug 7- Aug 11 9-2 pm Best Little Theater in Town
Gr 4-8 Aug 7 - 18 9-12 noon Rock Star Theater
The community chorus will perform Beethoven's Mass in C, on Sunday, May 21 at 2pm in the Great Hall at Apple Tree Arts. The performance includes four professional soloists and a chamber orchestra.
Tickets are $15/adults, $10/seniors, and FREE for children. They are available at the door.
Apple Tree Arts is excited to announce that we are now using Jackrabbit Music to manage our classes! This software will make things simpler and more streamlined on our end so we can better communicate with our families and students!
If you or a member of your family is currently enrolled in a class at Apple Tree Arts (summer or fall 2016), please check out your new Customer Portal. Please make sure your contact information is correct and kindly update it if not. Click here for Customer Portal.
If you or a member of your family is not currently enrolled in a class but plan to enroll in the future, please go to the Web Registration Form. Please enter your contact information and a Customer Portal page will be created for you. Click here for the Web Registration Form.
Through your new Customer Portal, you will be able to:
Enroll in classes (private lessons must still be scheduled through the office)
View student/class schedule
See payment history
Update your contact information
You will receive emails through Jackrabbit from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please enter this email into your contacts so these important messages are not filtered to Spam.
Enrollment for Grades 1-4 Theatre: How to Train Your Reindeer and Show Choir begins on November 1st. Enrollment for all other Winter/Spring Semester classes will be available on December 1st.
Please don't hesitate to call us at 508-839-4286 or email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Apple Tree Arts' Staff
We are very excited to announce that Brian Barlow and Joanne Dufresne have been appointed as co-chairs of our Capital Completion Campaign! We look forward to working closely with these talented, invested people to bring this capital campaign project to completion, so that our community can enjoy and utilize this wonderful building and our music and theater programming for years to come.
Here is a link to the Worcester Telegram's article about our news.
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