Children’s Theatre Fest at UH Receives Community Grant From Oliver Foundation

Community support has been integral to the success of the University of Houston’s Children’s Theatre Festival. For three decades, Houston families have flocked to the university’s Lyndall Finley Wortham to see world premiere productions aimed at audiences of all ages.

The Children’s Theatre Festival also has benefitted from the generosity of donors and underwriters such as the Oliver Foundation, a Houston-based non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity.

This year, the Oliver Foundation will present the festival with a community grant of $6,500.

Sidney Berger, John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the UH School of Theatre & Dance, will accept a check from the foundation at 9:45 a.m. on July 9 prior to the performance of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

At this performance, the Oliver Foundation’s Teen Advisory Board, YEAH (Youth Excited About Health) will deliver health-related messages to the audience. YEAH also will appear at the festival July 16.

“The Children's Theatre Festival is happy to salute the Oliver Foundation both for its support of live theater for young audiences and for focusing on children with regard to health, nutrition and fitness,” Berger said.

This year, the Children’s Theatre Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Founded by Berger with Bren Dubay, the festival has commissioned plays from the country’s top theater talents. It entertains 25,000 theater-goers annually at the university.

WHAT: Oliver Foundation Grant Presented to Children’s Theatre Festival Founder Sidney Berger
WHEN: Check presented at 9:45 a.m., July 9; Play begins at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre
in UH’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
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WHO: The University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance