Duke Energy Ticket Scholarship
In December 2009, Blumenthal Performing Arts announced a commitment to expand ticket scholarships in order to provide families with limited financial resources tickets to select touring Broadway shows included in Blumenthal’s Broadway Lights Series. The effort commenced with the distribution of over 250 free and highly discounted tickets to THE ALUMINUM SHOW in January 2010.
The Education Department currently partners with several local organizations, such as Boys and Girls Club of Greater Charlotte, Communities in Schools, Circle de Luz, Thompson Family Services, and others, to identify and invite families and children to participate. Several weeks prior to each performance, families and organizations are given a show packet and study guide. The Education Department also hosts post-show talk-backs with performers when possible. This outreach effort is funded by the generous support of Duke Energy.
During the 2015-2016 PNC Broadway Lights Series, ticket scholarship recipients saw BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and STOMP. For the 2016-2017 season, participants will experience INTO THE WOODS and CIRCUS 1903.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Ticket Scholarship
Beginning with Blumenthal’s 2010-2011 performance season, the Education Department has provided a unique ticket scholarship account program for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Charlotte. This account allows BBBS to acquire tickets to any performance of any Blumenthal-presented show. Show selection flexibility enables BBBS to incorporate Blumenthal theater attendance with their own awards programs and as special incentives—accommodating the individual schedules and show preferences of respective “Bigs” (mentors) and “Littles” (mentees).
BBBS of Greater Charlotte frequently mentions the value of the ticket scholarship account program in relation to their mission and goals and continues to express their appreciation to BPA in numerous ways. Ralph Beck, Blumenthal’s Director of Education, describes BBBS personnel as “extremely helpful, attentive to details, and supportive in every facet of the program—utilizing every dollar of their account for the past six seasons, just as Blumenthal intended.” Generously sponsored by Snyder’s-Lance, Blumenthal will continue the BBBS ticket scholarship program for the 2016-2017 season.
Arts for All Ticket Scholarship
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, grants from foundations, and our corporate partners, we are able to offer show tickets to local non-profit organizations throughout the performance season. Donations to the Arts for All Ticket Scholarships allowed 1,100 Freedom Schools Scholars to attend a special matinee performance of THE WIZARD OF OZ in July, and provided over 1,000 additional tickets for financially challenged families throughout the show season.