In Case You Missed It: December Web Highlights

Our Town: 75th Anniversary Production

Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town celebrates its 75th anniversary at Ford’s Theatre in January 2013. Since 1938, Our Town has captivated audiences with its exploration of American life, love, marriage and death. Watch the above video for a behind-the-scenes look and here snapshots from the photo shoot. 

Cast of "Our Town" at Ford's Theatre. Photo by Scott Suchman.

In honor of the 75th anniversary, Ford’s presents a series of commemorative events in February, including a pre-performance seminar, a reading of Wilder’s classic one acts, and a presentation of the “Thornton Wilder Prize.” 

Highlights from A Christmas Carol 2013

It was another great year for A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre. Each year, we love to bring this perennial favorite back to Washington audiences, and 2012 was no exception. In the past four years, Ford’s Theatre has partnered with a local non-profit during its run of A Christmas Carol.

Edward Gero as Scrooge. Photo by Scott Suchman.

This year, Ford’s Theatre partnered with Martha’s Table, a local organization that helps to meet the essential needs of low-income families and individuals in our community. During curtain calls for performances of A Christmas Carol, the cast collected monetary donations on behalf of Martha’s Table and raised more than $88,000! This donation drive is inspired by the themes of charity found in A Christmas Carol.

Check out our fabulous cast volunteering at Martha’s Table in December. 

Christmas Carol cast at Martha's Table.

 

Youth Leaders Ensemble

Education is a critical to the Ford’s Theatre mission. Many programs have been added recently to create unique and exciting learning opportunities about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Washington. One such program is the Youth Leadership Ensemble (YLE), which is a team of ambitious and energetic young adults who work on public speaking, community engagement, history and theatre to help become better leaders in their communities.

The inaugural class of this ensemble began work in summer 2012 and created a fantastic tour of the aftermath exhibits at the Center for Education and Leadership. This student-led docent tour takes viewers on a journey through the four floors of the Center, touching on the students’ favorite sections. Make sure to check out this great video

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Katie Kerrins graduated from Western Michigan University with a MFA in Arts Administration and a BFA in Musical Theatre.