In January 2013, The Destin Log published an article, “A Dream for Drama.” Little did Nathanael and Anna Fisher know then how much of their dream would come true during the first year for Emerald Coast Theatre Company.
“2013 has surpassed all of my expectations,” said Nathanael, producing artistic director. “It is amazing to see how this area has received what we want to bring.”
This past year’s programming included after school classes at Destin Elementary, two week long summer camps, two themed theatre for young audiences shows, an adult improvisation class, the start of an educational tour, and collaborations with the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida and the Arts in Medicine Program at Sacred Heart Hospital.
They are continuing their partnership this year with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s All Kinds of Art Program by offering after school production classes at Destin Elementary (Fractured Fairytales) and Destin Middle School (Alice in Wonderland) starting in January. Also starting next month, Musical Theatre Workshop and Screen Acting for Teens and Tweens classes will be offered on Saturdays. In addition, ECTC’s educational tour, The Pirate Who Learns to Say Please, will continue touring through the spring semester.
Recently, ECTC received its letter of approval from the Internal Revenue Service recognizing it as a 501(c)(3) public charity.
“It’s a Christmas miracle,” said Anna, associate artistic director. “We weren’t expecting to receive communication from the I.R.S. until sometime next year.”
“Having a public charity status will help us continue to expand our educational programming by being eligible to apply for grants and other funding,” said Nathanael.
In 2014, ECTC also plans to launch their professional theatre programming through collaboration with the Arts in Medicine Program at Sacred Heart Hospital, as well as other family oriented theatre productions.
For more information about ECTC’s classes and productions, visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org or call 850-687-1637.