100 Schools

The Grand’s 100 Schools Program Awarded the 2018 Pillar Community Innovation Award


The Grand Theatre is beyond thrilled that its 100 Schools program has been named this year’s recipient of the 2018 Pillar Community Innovation Award for Community Innovation. Thank you to Pillar Non-Profit Network, our sponsors, donors, Grand supporters - and London - for embracing our programs and initiatives.

100 Schools Tour - Scheduling Update

The Grand Theatre is excited to announce that the next 100 Schools Tour will be a world premiere of a Grand Theatre production for young people. This ambitious undertaking, specifically written and developed with the region’s students in mind, will be a celebration of Canadian music and the brilliance and talent of our young people.

PLEASE NOTE:  Bringing this brand new play to life will mean that the originally scheduled 100 Schools 2019 Tour will be postponed to 2020 to allow time for development and workshopping (dates to be announced).

This new work will be written and directed by Artistic Associate Megan Watson, and developed through COMPASS, the Grand’s New Play Development program.

With the 100 Schools 2020 Tour, we look forward to celebrating with you the finale of a three-year adventure that will have brought this free program to as many elementary students as possible across the region before its final bow.

Stay tuned for more announcements - sneak peaks, tour dates, and opportunities for your students to be involved in the work shopping process!

For more information, contact mohara [at] grandtheatre [dot] com

100 Schools Spring Tour

100 Schools is a program launched in 2017 by the Grand Theatre that tours professional theatre to elementary school gymnasiums and auditoriums across London and the surrounding area at no cost to the schools. “We are so excited to make live theatre accessible to so many students: I believe theatre has the power to change lives when young people have the chance to experience it. - Dennis Garnhum

The Thames Valley District School Board, the London District Catholic School Board, and the Grand worked together to confirm a schedule that took Beethoven Lives Upstairs to 100 schools in the region, including homeschool groups and private schools. “It’s an incredible undertaking to take this show to so many schools, one that would not be possible without the extraordinary commitment of both school boards,” said Deb Harvey, Grand Theatre Executive Director. “The community response to this program, combined with the fantastic level of support from many local partners, has enabled us to make this tour happen.”

“I give it about 100,000 thumbs up” – Grade 4 student, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary

“It was so cool to see. I didn’t know our gym could look like that!” – Grade 8 Student, Lord Elgin Public School

“Watching this performance made me understand how important following your dreams can be” – Grade 7 student, St. Francis Catholic Elementary

Lead Sponsor

Sifton Family Foundation

Program Sponsors

Thames Valley District School Board Libro Westminster College Foundation

Hassan Law London District Catholic School Board

Good Foundation

Also supported by:

Members of the Grand Theatre’s London Proud Club
Mary Gillett

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