Since its inception in 2003, over 54,000 students have participated in the amazing FREDDY© program, creating lifelong friendships and timeless memories, gaining life and career skills, and having the thrilling opportunity to perform on the State Theatre’s magical stage. In that time, over $1.66 million in college scholarships, paid internships and community awards have been awarded to participating students and their schools.
Because of the FREDDY© program, awareness of the importance of the arts in schools has been raised significantly, and the benefits to the students have been clear. The program has been referred to as the “Superbowl of the performing arts,” and it is truly life-changing for kids in our region.
The lingering pandemic will not allow us to do the normal awards-style ceremony at the theatre that our community has come to love this year, but that has not dampened our spirits! Thanks to our Producing Partner WFMZ-TV, a FREDDY© Television Special will air on Thursday, May 27, 2021. We are working with the schools to produce a celebration of high school theatre students in our region. The show will go on!
The State Theatre is a non-profit organization, and as you can imagine, the cost of producing a program of this nature…even in a modified fashion…is staggering. The State Theatre does not profit from producing the FREDDY© Awards, and we need the help of everyone in our community to make it happen each year. YOU can make a meaningful difference with a donation to the FREDDY© FUND! Your tax deductible contribution of any size to the State Theatre FREDDY© FUND will go directly to support the program and the students it serves. We hope you will enjoy great satisfaction in knowing that you are helping to sustain the viability of this wonderful program that benefits so many students in our region.