Community Guaranty Savings Bank, Pemigewasset National Bank and Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England have come together to support community educational theatre programs by pledging their support to the Raise the Curtain Endowment Fund at Plymouth State University.
Raise the Curtain provides support to ETC (the Educational Theatre Collaborative), TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) and KAT (Kearsarge Arts Theatre).
ETC has served the Plymouth region for 11 years, presenting original and traditional musical theatre productions with intergenerational casts.
Representatives of the companies visited Plymouth State recently to present contributions for the endowment to President Donald Wharton, and Professor Patricia Lindberg, who is founder and artistic director of each of the groups.
Ron Sibley, president of Community Guaranty Savings Bank and a cast member of past ETC productions says, “We are very pleased to make a contribution to the endowment in honor of Trish Lindberg. ETC is a very special part of the Plymouth community.”
Coca Cola representative Mike Gibeault says, “This is the second year that Coca Cola has been involved with Raise the Curtain. It’s exactly the kind of activity we need in our communities and that Coca Cola wants to support.”
Lindberg says, “I am grateful for the support of these businesses and of PSU as the host for all this activity and work. It’s the kind of experience that makes such a difference for the children and adults involved.” She was recently named the 2004 New Hampshire Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
The 2005 ETC production is Ananse the Spider Man, an African folktale which explores how stories, once the exclusive property of the gods, became the language of the world through the cleverness of Ananse.
Lindberg says, “Gail Haley’s beautiful retelling of this folktale and her exquisite illustrations were the inspiration for this musical, which brings together African dance, drumming and costuming in one vibrant production.”