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New Grant Supports School Productions of Classic Musical

An actor playing the main character on stage in Fiddler on the Roof

The Fiddler on the Roof Grant will be added to the 2021-2022 slate of grants available to schools to support their theatre programs.

Funders Helene and Edward Cole share the Educational Theatre Foundation’s passionate belief that theatre can open hearts and minds, literally changing lives one person at a time. The timeless tale of Tevye and his daughters set during the pogroms of Imperial Russia helps to educate theatre students and school audiences about the Jewish community, heritage, and culture.   The Fiddler on the Roof Grant will cover the performance royalties for middle school or high school Thespian troupes to perform Fiddler on the Roof or Fiddler on the Roof JR. through Music Theatre International. Applicants for the grant must ensure that the production serves as an educational tool, and teachers/directors must use proper care and research during the production process. In the spirit of authenticity and education, schools should try and connect with a local synagogue for guidance and if none exists, EdTA will help make connections through our extensive network of educators and theatre supporters.   Eligibility: Middle School or High School Thespian troupes can apply to perform either the Broadway Junior or full version of Fiddler on the Roof. Priority will be given to Title 1 schools or schools that have a high percentage of free and reduced lunch in both urban and/or rural locations. Applicants should have an MTI license in place to apply for the grant. If the grant is not awarded, applicants can choose to cancel the license with if desired. Payment will be sent directly to MTI and includes up to $1500 in royalties and $1000 in MTI production resource items.


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