Central Kentucky Community Theatre receives $50,000 to begin endowment

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By Special to The Sun

The Central Kentucky Community Theatre Inc. (CKCTI), a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that provides training and performance opportunities in the theatrical arts for youth and adults, recently announced the establishment of a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation of Louisville and the theatre’s first anonymous gift of $50,000. 

This is a matching gift where the CKCTI will receive four percent of the funds each year to provide a long-term, permanent revenue stream for the CKCTI to be used for the cultural enrichment of children.  
Along with the $50,000 initial gift, additional funds are being donated to support public artwork in this community and the surrounding area.   
“The theatre’s presence provides an avenue for youth to experience the arts through either being in the audience and/or participating in the theatrical performances,” according to CKCTI President Michelle Ball. “The residual effects of theatre are as important as the economic development the theatre has generated. Research indicates that school children exposed to drama, music and dance may do a better job at mastering reading, writing and math than those who focus solely on academics. “
The Central Kentucky Youth Actors and Bluegrass Kids were established in 2005 at the historic Springfield Opera House with approximately 16 students and no stage, sound or lighting system.  
In January 2009, the Central Kentucky Community Theatre, Inc. (CKCTI) was incorporated, and classes for children’s theatre began to run year-round with Bluegrass Kids classes for five through 10-year-olds and Youth Actors classes for 11 through 18-year-olds.  
The CKCTI has teamed with local elementary, middle and high schools to provide students with the opportunity to experience the arts first-hand, by providing schools the means of bringing students to productions during the regular school day.  Over 1,300 students and 5,000 patrons from around the region saw shows in 2010.
The CKCTI is managed by Scott Fattizzi. His wife, Jan Fattizzi is the Children’s Theatre Director.  Recent performances include Grease, The Odd Couple, Les Miserable’s, Gypsy, Cinderella and Steel Magnolias.