The Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids program endeavors to broaden the horizons of at-risk youth and foster a lifelong appreciation of performing arts by exposing kids to live, professional theatre.
Marilyn Rodman knew theatre could have a profound effect on kids, so she encouraged her husband Don to send kids to a show instead of yet another sporting event. In 2001, Don sent 2,000 kids to see South Pacific, and they never looked back.
Theatre for Kids distributes tickets to at-risk kids through a trusted pool of youth organizations, as well as public and private schools. Each group receives an agreed upon number of tickets to bring kids they serve who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend a show. In addition to kids who do not have the economic means to attend, tickets are shared with kids with cognitive and behavioral challenges that make it difficult for them to attend a show with a “typical” audience. Marilyn believed every kid should have access to musical theatre.
Over 60,000 kids have had experienced the wonder and joy of theatre since that first show in 2001.