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Ms. Andrews from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Arts Return to DCPS: Theatre!

Help me give my students a library of diverse perspectives and starter materials for understanding the interaction of light and stage colours (cosmetic, costume, etc) through scripts, set of studio lights for intimate class showcases, and make-up.

  • $480 goal

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My Students

The students of our Theatre Club are some of the school's - perhaps even the city's - most well-rounded young men and women. Students of an application based STEM school on tracks to graduate with diplomas awarded for engineering, digital media, biotechnology, and IT-related programs, they maintain honor roll report cards, play sports (football and soccer are well-represented), are class government representatives, work with robotics and write elaborate lab reports, and, last year, followed through on their own student-led theatre productions for the first time in our school in ten years!

With a love for exploring relevant themes of identity, cyber bullying, gentrification, sustainability, group-think, and individuality, they are excited to press more deeply into social issues through the art.

Although our school has been approved for a section of theatre, we remain in great need of supplies to build our arsenal of scripts, props, costume, and set.

My Project

My students have demonstrated their commitment and determination in seeing theatre become a part of our school community through their founding of a booming and active theatre club last year that produced two evening productions, participated in a Shakespeare Festival, and chartered a chapter of the theatre arts honour society (the second chapter in DC). Their interest has led to the creation of a single section of theatre being offered during the school day - a rare treat few schools in DCPS get to enjoy anymore.

Formerly the breeding ground for jazz greats, talented comedians, unbelievable visual artists, and many other talents, DCPS schools rarely boast more than a good band (if they are so lucky to have retained this) - our students have decided to remind folks that DC students are no less creative, ambitious, and talented than their parents and grandparents.

To that end, their ambition and drive requires now focus and exposure. We are seeking to expand our current library of scripts to include some modern classics (Paula Vogel and Tennessee Williams, for example) with perspectives that give voice where the classics didn't always allow room (The Laramie Project; Quiara Algera Hudes) and ideas that are relevant to the social context of the conditions our students are developing in (The Colored Museum, Six Degrees of Separation).

In addition to exposure to the word and art, we are also seeking flexible studio lights that can create a small performance space in classroom or other areas to deliver performances and, just as importantly, explore the interaction between cool and warm light and the way lighting impacts colors on-stage, the way things are arranged, etc. To play with colour are the two face paint kits that will be used to create both realistic and creature-like effects.

Ms. Andrews
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Neewer 2 Packs Dimmable Bi-Color 480 LED Video Light and Stand Lighting Kit Includes: 3200-5600K CRI 96+ LED Panel with U Bracket, 75 inches Light Stand for YouTube Studio Photography, Video Shooting • Amazon Business $129.99 1 $129.99
Blue Squid Face Paint Kit for Kids, 52 Pieces, 14 Colors, 2 Glitters, 24 Stencils, Tattoo Sheet, 4 Sponges, Face Painting Party Supplies - Safe for Sensitive Skin - Professional Costume Makeup • Amazon Business $18.29 2 $36.58
AmazonBasics Two Pocket Plastic Dividers, 8 Tab Set, Multicolor, Pack of 3 Sets • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
AmazonBasics 3-Ring Binder, 1.5 Inch - 4-Pack (Black) • Amazon Business $12.08 2 $24.16
Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language • Amazon Business $18.05 1 $18.05
The Colored Museum • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide (Methuen Paperback) • Amazon Business $12.96 1 $12.96
Topdog/Underdog • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
A Streetcar Named Desire (New Directions Paperbook) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Buried Child - Acting Edition (Acting Edition for Theater Productions) • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Six Degrees of Separation • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Gruesome Playground Injuries • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
The Laramie Project • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
August: Osage County (Acting Edition for Theater Productions) • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
Water by the Spoonful (Revised TCG Edition) • Amazon Business $8.38 1 $8.38
How I Learned to Drive - Acting Edition (Acting Edition for Theater Productions) • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00

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