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CITADEL THEATRE COMPANY's Fundraiser:

Summer Acting Camp for Low-Income Youth

THE STORY:

North Chicago and Waukegan, Illinois are cities where many families struggle each and every day to provide for their children. Unfortunately, these under-served communities are often forgotten and overshadowed by Chicago, a city that faces massive economic and social challenges of its own. Nevertheless, many families in North Chicago and Waukegan have needs that are not being addressed. As one of the few professional nonprofit theatre companies in Lake County that offers acting classes for youth, Citadel Theatre Company in Lake Forest is committed to doing what we can to improve the lives of our children to the north. But we need your help! Research has shown the powerful, transformative impact that theatre arts can have on low-income youth. Theatre has been shown to: (1) increase SAT scores; (2) improve reading comprehension and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills; (3) improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates; (4) improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities; and (5) a 2005 Harris Poll revealed that 93% of the public believes that arts, including theatre, are vital to a well-rounded education. Citadel Theatre Company believes that every child should be given the opportunity to experience the transformative power of theatre education, not just children of families who can afford it. Citadel Theatre Company provides two theatre summer camps, one for children grades 1-5 and the other for children grades 6-12. Each camp starts June 13 and runs for five weeks. Our camps are taught by professional actors and educators with many years of experience in teaching theatre to children. We want these camps to be available for low-income youth from Waukegan and North Chicago. But we need your help to do it! Please help us raise $10,000 so that we can afford to enroll, teach and transport ten children from these low-income communities to our summer acting program. Thank you so much for helping low-income children experience the joy and power of theatre!

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