South Carolina Children’s Theatre (SCCT) has been awarded an $80,000.00 grant by Greenville Women Giving (GWG). Funding will help provide a variable speed motorized rigging system for the stage at the new Theatre Arts Center for Children. This state of the art equipment will significantly enhance the quality of SCCT’s productions and will allow the organization to create a technical theatre curriculum in its education and outreach programs. The addition will provide opportunities for advanced level students to train on the rigging system and the community will experience the “magic” of seamless scene changes and character flight as stories come to life right before their eyes.
“This most generous gift from Greenville Women Giving will have a tremendous impact on the quality of SCCT’s productions in the new Theatre Arts Center for Children. In addition, it will allow us to develop a technical theatre program for our students, expanding our educational offerings and giving young people access to state-of-the-art equipment to train on.” said SCCT Executive Director Debbie Bell. “This is very exciting news as we move forward in this new phase of growth at the Theatre, and we couldn’t be happier knowing that GWG’s gift will allow us to provide the level of quality theatre and theatre arts training we had hoped to offer in the new facility. We are so grateful for this gift.”
GWG is a philanthropic organization serving Greenville County, SC, that was founded on the idea that women when informed about philanthropy and about needs in their community can collectively make a real difference. GWG is committed to strengthening our community through the collective resources of our members by awarding high-impact grants in five areas: arts and culture, education, health, human services, and environment. Begun in 2006, GWG is modeled after successful similar organizations in other communities including Seattle, Charlotte, Nashville, and Asheville.
SCCT has been entertaining, educating and enriching the lives of young people for over 30 years. Currently, it serves over 47,000 children and families a year through 54 main stage performances at The Peace Center Gunter Theatre, 79 2nd Stage performances and programs at their headquarters in Greenville’s Historic West End, 8 educational school touring performances, 196 theatre education classes and 19 Theatre Outreach Partnerships programs; serving over 14,000 young people who are underprivileged, at-risk, hospitalized or have special needs.