Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

August 6, 2013, 10:28 am
Filed under: Merrimack Repertory Theatre

targetMerrimack Repertory Theatre was awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). In recognition of the efforts of the Student Matinee Series: Partners in Education program, the grant will be used to provide opportunities for local students in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire region to experience live professional theatre on site. Comprised of matinee performances in a professional setting, study guides integrated with the curriculum, and post-show forums with the artists, this program helps students explore and understand the issues and possibilities that MRT’s plays inspire.

Normally ticket prices cost an average of $40 per person, but MRT has continued to offer student tickets for only $8.50, with teachers and chaperones attending free of charge. This grant from the Target Corporation will allow us to offer disadvantaged schools within the region free tickets.

The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.

Other supporters of the Student Matinee: Partners in Education program include the Robert M. Ansin Foundation, Deluxe Corporate Foundation, Aubert J. Fay Charitable Fund, the Nathaniel and Elizabeth Stevens Foundation, the Trustees of the Ayer Home, the Lowell Cultural Council, Lawrence Cultural Council, the Walmart Foundation and individual donors.

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