Play about Japanese Americans in internment camps gets funding
Broadway Rose Theatre Co. will receive a $1,000 grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County that will help fund a free musical focusing on the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in internment camps during World War II.
"Baseball Saved Us" will be performed before 3,000 Tigard and Tualatin students in February.
The grant is part of $55,650 in cultural participation grants distributed to 36 local organizations for cultural projects including five Tigard or Tualatin groups.
"Baseball Saved Us" is based on the book of the same name by Seattle author Ken Mochizuki and will include eight performances presented at the Tualatin High School auditorium Feb. 10 and Feb. 12.
The performance follow the story of the relocation of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, focusing on the journey of Shiro, who along with his family, are imprisoned in the internment camps.
Alan Anderson, marketing director for Broadway Rose, said the annual educational musicals, produced through a partnership with Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, are now in their 17th year.
The Tigard-Tualatin School District provides busing, and the Cultural Coalition of Washington County grant and other sources help fund the program.
"Broadway Rose is proud of this lasting partnership, as well as the tremendous feedback we receive from students and teachers alike," said Anderson.
Meanwhile, other Tigard and Tualatin organizations receiving Cultural Coalition of Washington County grants include:
n World Music for TTSD through the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools, $3,000. This will establish a World Music Ensemble comprised of elementary students. Funds will be used to help purchase instruments with a goal of creating a marimba band followed by mbira, a jumi-daiko/taiko ensemble and a Javanese gamelan, all celebrating different cultures and heritages.
n Twality Band, $1,800. Funds will be used to develop a music resource library for middle school students at Twality Middle School. It will also provide related student transportation along with coaching services for the band.
n Mask & Mirror Community Theatre, $1,800. This will provide for the production of up to 12 live theater shows held in Tigard and Tualatin. The goal is to produce of "unique merit" not usually produced by community theater.
n Tigard Cadet Percussion, $1,000. The purpose is to extend the culture of music by investing in the replacement and repairs of the band equipment along with props and supplies needed for performance competition.
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