Students get live theater for free

Published 11:04 pm Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts welcomed more than 3,100 Suffolk school children to enjoy live theater during the past three months at no cost to the children.

Excited students in third through 12th grades experienced the joy of live theater at the center — many for the very first time. They viewed the Virginia Stage Company’s productions of “Mark Twain,” “Julius Caesar,” “Aesop’s Network” or “Black Violin with Drums.”

The performances were funded by the Suffolk Fine Arts Commission and were presented in partnership with Suffolk Public Schools and in collaboration with the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Suffolk Foundation, the Community Action Coalition of Virginia and Target.

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“We greatly appreciate the Virginia Stage Company, the Suffolk Fine Arts Commission and the steadfast support of Suffolk Public Schools and our community partners,” said Jackie Cherry, executive director of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. “We are thrilled that so many students were able to take advantage of this gift to our community. Along with our partners and supporters, we are working hard to make these field trips available to our students every year.”

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