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Rosie's Theater Kids Returns To Vineyard Arts Project

One of the country's most dynamic and successful programs for the performing arts - Rosie's Theater Kids, located on West 45th Street in Manhattan - will make its 5th annual trip to Martha's Vineyard August 12-18, it has been announced by Lori Klinger, Artistic and Executive Director of Rosie's Theater Kids (RTKids).

Twenty-eight young performers from the ACTE II program (grades 9 through 12) living in underserved neighborhoods in NYC will spend the week in a performing arts intensive study at the Vineyard Arts Project in Edgartown, Mass. The students chosen to participate in this great getaway from NYC are all RTKids scholarship recipients, selected for their exceptional dedication and professionalism in RTKids classes year-round. Along with their studies, the students will explore the island and perform at a Summer Celebration fundraiser for RTKids.

The Summer Celebration fundraiser will take place at Vineyard Arts Project (215 Upper Main Street, Edgartown) Wednesday, August 15, beginning at 6PM with cocktails and performances by RTKids. Tony Award-winner and RTKids Board Member, BD Wong will serve as the evening's auctioneer. A VIP dinner with performances by award-winning Broadway actress Janet Dacal (IN THE HEIGHTS, PRINCE OF BROADWAY) and RTKids will follow. Co-chairs for the event include Marci and Michael Cohen; Donna and Ken Hamel; Joanne and Marty Homlish; Jayne Lipman and Bob Goodman; Ashley Melone and Nick Mills; Meg Ryan; and Susan and Barry Tatelman. Tickets for the event can be purchased at

The students' curriculum on Martha's Vineyard - led by RTKids instructors - is a continuation of their studies in NYC, but with the added bonus of ready access to the beach and other summer outdoor activities. RTKids are regularly the toast of the town while visiting Martha's Vineyard each year.

Founded in 2003 by Rosie O'Donnell and Lori Klinger, Rosie's Theater Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of underserved students through the arts with both in-school and after-school programming. Its scholarship program, ACTE II (A Commitment to Excellence), serves students from Title I NYC public schools with free, conservatory-style training in musical theater from 6th through 12th grade after school at MARAVEL ARTS CENTER, RTKids' headquarters at 445 West 45th Street. The school's motto - "We're rehearsing for life" -- is evident in its ACTE II offerings from performing arts instruction, to life skills development, academic tutoring, and a home-away-from-home environment.

To date, Rosie's Theater Kids programs have impacted 65,000 NYC school students from pre-K through 12th grade, many of whom have never had the opportunity to see a Broadway show or experience the thrill of live art performances. In 2015, Rosie's Theater Kids won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at The White House, making them one of the top creative youth development programs in the country.

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