ABOUT THE PROJECTS FUNDED
5th grade Ballroom dance at Winthrop Elementary School
Ballroom dance lessons for fifth graders at Winthrop School teach more than dance steps.
Sure the kids learn how to waltz. But they also learn something more important. They learn to respect fellow students.
Ballroom dancing is one of four programs the school runs to foster appropriate behavior amongst students. [Wicked Local photo by Ian Hurley]
People and Place: Oral Histories & Portraits of Ipswich Seniors
The project explores the history of Ipswich, Massachusetts through a juxtaposition of oral histories and contemporary portraits of 30 individuals born before 1930.
The generation of Americans born at this time lived through tumultuous world events: World War II, mass immigration, the Great Depression. How did the individuals of this small New England town respond to those events? What opportunities did Ipswich provide for those already here or those who came?
[courtesy photo by Terri Unger]
The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild
The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Inc. exists for the charitable and educational purpose of promoting and strengthening excellence, access, and education in the theatrical arts for middle and secondary school students and teachers. For more than 80 years, the METG has been a leader in arts education, believing that theater has a unique power to enrich and transform young people’s lives.
The Massachusetts High School Festival is the METG’s premier event. The festival includes 115 one-act plays produced by member high schools. The competition is organized on three levels – preliminary, semi-final and state. Student excellence in acting and technical design is recognized at each level, including the selection of an All-Star Company at the finals. Two schools chosen at the State Festival represent Massachusetts in the New England Drama Festival, the regional showcase of secondary school theatre.
The Company of Ipswich High School presented “His Black Door.” The play was performed recently as part of the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild’s one-act play competition.
[Wicked Local Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd]
Eric Johnson, Tara Mahalba, and Isabella Cassano in costume during rehearsal for the state drama competition production of "His Black Door."