Wishes granted

Where we may cross our fingers and hope to unwrap that new pair of shoes or shiny tool, theaters h old their breath for community support, particularly the monetary kind so that they can continue their good fight. And two local theatres are turning to its people for that support.

For starters, Theatre Alliance of Winston-Salem just received two grants to expand and renovate its space, and to help fund their on-going series of play readings.

The grants included that of the Winston-Salem Foundation, which funded $4,500 for expansion, and the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation, which granted $500 to Theatre Alliance to help cover the cost of royalties for the theater’s By-The- Book series.

By-The-Book, which began in 2012, presents mostly one-night staged readings of classic and new plays. They are often coupled with a donation collection for other local non-profits.

This season’s readings will include Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band, Neil LaBute’s Bash, and Jean Paul Sartre’s No Exit.

Kernersville Little Theatre, which is in the running for a $1,000 grant by Truliant Federal Credit Union, will hopefully be receiving some help to grow as well.

Truliant accepted votes on Facebook for the winning non-profit organization from August 10-31. The winners were announced on Tuesday after print deadline.

Look in next week’s playbill for an update on the winners.

“We have not won a grant by vote before so this would be our first time,” said Rachel Schroeder, of Kernersville Little Theatre. If we win, the monies will be used toward the costs of two performances for the students at Kernersville Elementary School, in addition to their own copy of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or another age-appropriate book for the younger students.”

The performances are part of the theater’s Bring a Book to Life series, which it hopes will help students to gain a larger interest in reading since they’ll get to see a book actually come to life on stage.

“KLT feels that it is important to give back to the community,” Schroeder said. “This is a project that the community can get involved with as well. This production brings performing arts to students that may not otherwise be able to attend. Last year, we were able to provide a book and performance to two of the grades. This year, we want to expand that and give more back to the kids and our community.”!