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Yellow Door among nine recipients of Shaw's Town Previews donations
Eight of the nine recipients of the Shaw’s Town Previews program stand with artistic director Tim Carroll and executive director Tim Jennings after the cheque presentation on Tuesday. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

The arts help the arts during the Shaw Festival’s Town Previews program, which gives proceeds raised during select performances to local charitable organizations.

This year Yellow Door Theatre Project was one of nine recipients who applied for the program – receiving a cheque for $750 which will support their school workshops for Bremen Rock City, a performance by the junior company in December.

Andorlie Hillstom, founder and artistic director of Yellow Door and first-time recipient of the Shaw’s Town Previews program, was in attendance to accept the cheque on Tuesday morning.

“We are a charity organization, so this is an opportunity for us not to be passed up. And so, fingers crossed, I was hoping that they would be interested,” she said. “We want to expand our programming so that we can begin taking workshops, these are pre-show workshops, into the schools this fall.”

Hillstrom said the money will go directly toward bringing the preshow workshops for Bremen Rock City into the school’s that will attend the performances.

Other organizations that applied and were awarded cheques during the presentation in the Shaw Festival Theatre lobby, were the Upper Canada Lodge, The Niagara Workers Welcome, Canadian Cancer Society, NOTL Soccer Club, NOTL Public Library, NOTL Community Palliative Care, Royal Canadian Legion and the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre.

Janet Hanna, executive assistant at Shaw, said Town Previews showings are open to all NOTL residents. This season the select performance was The Horse and his Boy.

“We invite not-for-profit and charitable organizations to apply. They send us a letter to tell us what their project is, and what the budget is, and how much they’re asking for. We have a committee on this end that has the money, and we donate it all to the charities,” Hanna said, adding that typically, everyone who applies gets something.

“This year we raised over $5,000. We have a really good mix of arts and senior facilities, and children’s activities,” Hanna said.

It’s nice to be able to give back to the community, said Tim Carroll, Shaw’s artistic director.

“We spend so much time trying to get money, so it’s nice to be able to give it out once in a while,” he said.

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