Leominster Rec holds theater program for kids

LEOMINSTER — The Leominster Recreation Department's Summer Scene Youth Theatre program will be held from Monday, June 24, through Thursday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Samoset School, 100 Decicco Drive.

The children in the program, ages 7-14, will learn skills in singing, dancing and acting throughout the month, along with building self-esteem and learning to work as a team. Students will gain confidence and build lasting friendships throughout the program, which consists of rehearsing a full theater production that will culminate in two public performances on Wednesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 18, at Samoset School. Curtain call is at 7 p.m. The cost is $200 per person. For more information, call 978-534-7529.

Grant helps Hanover's Adopt-A-School

WORCESTER — The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts is honored to be one of only a handful of New England organizations to receive a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts from a national pool of applicants. The $10,000 grant will support the theate's Adopt-A-School program.

The Endowment for the Arts recently approved more than $27 million in grants as a part of the first major funding announcement for fiscal 2019. Challenge America grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.


"We are honored to have this support and recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts," said Meghan Montaner, director of education for The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory. "Our Adopt-A-School program is a labor of love meant to provide access to the arts for all students. Our work over the last six years has exposed thousands of students to their first live theatrical performance."

The Adopt-A-School program was created in 2013 to provide a schoolwide arts experience, introducing youths to Broadway theater and tying arts into core curriculum concepts. Other education and outreach programs at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory include the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program, the Goddard Scholars Program, an annual Youth Summer Program, student matinees and conservatory scholarships. This year's youth summer program will allow more than 100 students to perform a fully staged production of "The Music Man" or "The Music Man Jr."

For more information on the National Endowment for the Arts grant, visit Arts.gov/news. To learn more about The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory's education programs, visit TheHanoverTheatre.org/education.

Talk on Chinese railroad workers planned

LEOMINSTER — Join Richard Cheu on a journey of discovery as he presents the program "Debunking Myths About the Chinese Railroad Workers" on Wednesday, June 12, starting at 3 p.m., at Leominster Public Library, 30 West St.

The program is presented in conjunction with the "The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental," an exhibit organized by the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University. It pays tribute to the Chinese workers who helped build the nation's first Transcontinental Railroad and features historical and contemporary photos, along with illustrations, personal stories from descendants, and bilingual Chinese/English text chronicling the railroad's construction during the period of 1865-1869. The library is hosting the exhibit, located on the second floor of the building, from June 10 through July 10.

The program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Leominster Public Library would also like to thank the Chinese Historical Society of New England for its collaboration on the project. For more information, call 978-534-7522.