As DFT's education program and production schedules began to grow, DFT was in desperate need of another keyboard to be available when rehearsals and classes and performances were all running at the same time. So in 2013, Kiwanis again came forward with support and purchased a keyboard, stand and accessories for DFT.
Over the years, Carefree Kiwanis has been a great partner with Desert Foothills Theater. We credit them with providing the basis of support and impetus for our youth theater program which now boasts three full-scale productions each year, seven summer camps and a spring and fall session of 10-12 classes each semester offered to people of all ages.
Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) is an award-winning youth theater that was founded in 2006, and has been creating full-scale productions since the fall of 2008.
DFT began in 2006 and credits its beginning with the generous support of Carefree Kiwanis. With their help (and the support of then principal at Black Mountain Elementary School, Pam Sitton), DFT was able to build a black box theater in a space that had formerly been a locker roon in what was now an elementary school.
A Kiwanis grant purchased sound panels and lighting equipment for the small space which could seat 50 people and was the perfect size for young actors. The BMES PTO purchased chairs for the space and DFT donated platforms for the seating areas. It would be home to DFT's very first production, Rats!. The black box would become home to DFT's after-school and before-school classes at BMES and would house showcases for those classes.
In 2009, Kiwanis supported DFT with a grant to purchase new wireless microphones when the FCC sold the frequencies upon which DFT's previous microphones had been operating.
Carefree Kiwanis and DFT
A video look at A Midsummer Night's Dream and Look at the Grouse
..see what theater can do.
Look at the Grouse
2014 Summer Drama Project
Directed by Scott Johnson
A Midsummer Night's Dream, May 2014, directed by Amy Serafin