The Music in the Schools assemblies are part of a larger vision of Redlands Bowl Performing Arts through its Eighty-Eight Keys for Youth Initiative, which encompasses a number of youth music outreach projects.
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LOMA LINDA >> Mark Isaak wants youth to experience musical theater.
On Thursday, Isaak and members of Ripple Theater Project performed Broadway show tunes to hundreds of Bryn Mawr Elementary students through its “Broadway Time Machine” presentation.
“This is a lot of fun,” Isaak said. “It’s fun to see the kids enjoy themselves and maybe they’ll take on musical theater in the future. We need a new generation of performers.”
The visit is part of Redlands Bowl Performing Arts’ “Music in Schools” program, an initiative targeting local youth in Redlands and surrounding communities through arts-based assemblies on campus.
Ripple Theater Project’s “Time Machine” has made several stops in the area over the past couple of weeks. When the program drops its final curtain, it will have reached 16 elementary schools in the Redlands Unified School District and two schools in Yucaipa and Moreno Valley. Bryn Mawr in Loma Linda is a Redlands Unified school.
Bryn Mawr principal Rick Aleksak said Thursday’s visit allowed his students to “see something they don’t normally get to see.”
Recent Music in the Schools programming has been made possible through a $75,000 grant from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Donor Advised Fund at The Community Foundation. The grant is to help the nonprofit expand the music program, which, since its start, has served more than 5,000 children. The Bowl estimates 32,000 children will be reached through Music in the Schools assemblies this year, according to Beverly Noerr, the Bowl’s executive director.
“In 2015, the RBPA prioritized expansion of youth music education programs in our region,” Noerr said in a news release.
In addition to supporting Music in Schools assemblies, a “significant portion” of the grant allowed the Bowl to “secure equipment needed to enhance the presentation of music assemblies.” The new equipment allows performers to move freely around performance stages and interact with the audience, Valerie Peister, RBPA’s program director, said in the release.
“It brings a whole new dynamic to our outreach programming, which is not possible when using stationary microphones,” she said. “We look forward to using it for outreach (for) many years to come.”
Information: www.redlandsbowl.org or 909-793-7316.
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