A Taste of Broadway: Popejoy Hall Gala, June 10, 2012

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“Popejoy Hall’s 9th Annual Gala: A Taste of Broadway” occurred on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Albuquerque. The event was presented by Northwestern Mutual.

A Taste of Broadway was an elegant evening of live entertainment, an auction and a dinner cabaret show performed by Broadway star and Albuquerque native, Patti Cohenour.

Among those in the crowd: Albert Leffler, founder of Ticketmaster, who was a student intern at Popejoy in 1967, and Robert Frank, new president of the University of New Mexico, and his wife, Janet Frank.

The event raised close to $180,000, and proceeds go to Popejoy programming, as well as the Schooltime Series Program, which allows almost 53,000 New Mexico schoolchildren pre-K to 12 to be exposed to and enriched with live theater.

See a slide show here.

About the Schooltime Series

• In 2011-2012 the Popejoy Schooltime Series hosted almost 53,000 schoolchildren, teachers and parent chaperones to 33 performances by professional artists.

• Schooltime supports literacy, creativity, communication and imagination across the curriculum.

• Launched in 1996, Schooltime offers children the opportunity to attend professional and educational touring theatrical productions at little or no cost.

• Schooltime introduces over 50,000 students annually to a university campus and helps plant the seed for a college education.

• Tickets are only $2 each, with many distributed free to Title I Schools.

• Educational Study Guides are provided for all schools so students and educators may continue the dialogue directly in the classroom.

• Exposure to live theater benefits students in their intellectual, personal, and social development.

• For many, the Popejoy Schooltime Program is the only opportunity for local students to experience live performing arts with lessons tied directly to those learned in school.

• Many of the children qualify for Title 1 status and come from public, private, home schools and pueblos across Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, and smaller local communities.

• Through additional funding we expanded our free ticket distributions, included programming for bilingual and English as a second language for students (ELS).