The Everyman Repertory Theatre has received a grant of $10,000 from the Davis Family Foundation to support its Drama in Schools project. Everyman Rep’s Drama in Schools project aims to bring professional productions of new and old classic plays into high schools. Its inaugural production will be a new translation of Moliere’s classic French farce “The Miser” and will include some scenes in the original French.

“We feel passionately about this project because live theater for students is such a completely different experience from cinema, television and video games, effective though they may be as teaching tools. All we want to do is share our enthusiasm for this great art form with the people who are, after all, tomorrow’s audience,” said Paul Hodgson, Everyman Rep’s artistic director.

The purpose of the Drama in Schools project is show students classics of the theater in performance, rather than through a simple reading of the text in the classroom. While the first in the series is aimed at students studying French, it is anticipated that the project also will attract students studying English literature and drama. Each production will be presented free in schools during school hours. The Drama in Schools project will play a significant role in Everyman Rep’s planned seasons in the future.

Once the remaining funding has been secured, plans are for “The Miser” to be presented at local high schools during May. To arrange a school production, contact Hodgson at 236-0173 or pghwrites@roadrunner.com.

The Davis Family Foundation is one of three Davis Foundations. It provides grants primarily to Maine-based educational, medical and cultural/arts charitable organizations in support of a wide variety of worthwhile projects.

The Everyman Repertory Theatre, founded in 2008, is a registered 501©3, not-for-profit theater company whose mission is to achieve excellence in professional theater in the greater Penobscot Bay region.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.