BRINGING Theater to Life

Through the Annual Fund Campaign, people of all ages are touched by theater in ways that inspire them to think, act, challenge, change, and live. The result - a more deeply enriched community filled with diverse, involved, and passionate individuals.

At PPAC, we are proud to have donors who recognize the positive and lasting impact theater has on lives and who make Bringing Theater to Life a priority.

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Since 2008, PPAC has been partnering with the Rhode Island National Guard to provide prime orchestra seats to Rhode Island service members and their families for our Broadway, Family, and Contemporary shows. The program has been met with such resounding success that PPAC continues to request community support for the program. One hundred percent of all dollars earmarked for SEATS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS is applied toward the purchase of show tickets for service members and their families. This is an ideal opportunity for a business or company looking to show their support for our Rhode Island troops.

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This concert series has remained one of PPAC’s most popular community programs for over twenty-one years. Free and open to the public, the spring and fall lunchtime concerts showcase the one-of-a-kind 1927 Wurlitzer theater pipe organ and some of southern New England’s finest musicians. People of all ages come to enjoy the time-honored music amidst the beauty of Rhode Island’s most elegant and historic theater. Your Annual Fund donation provides ongoing maintenance for this historic instrument, complimentary soft drinks for concert patrons, and compensation to our Wurlitzer musicians.

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Annually, twenty-five children ages 11-14, who demonstrate talent, passion for the arts, and who are financially qualified, are awarded ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS to attend a summer arts program of their choice. Supported by the Annual Fund, scholarships help cover tuition and supplies and provide the rare opportunity for students to enhance their artistic abilities outside the traditional classroom leading to exploration, growth, and confidence.

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The ARTS SHOWCASE brings Rhode Island students, teachers, and artists together in the true spirit of a community arts program. Each year, approximately 10,000 middle school students (grades six through nine) attend PPAC during school hours to experience live performances of dance, music, or theater performed by local professional arts groups. Study guides are provided, enabling teachers to incorporate performances into the pre-performance classroom curriculum. Following the Showcase, students hold classroom discussions and grade the performance by submitting report cards. The community need and desire for this vitally important program is evident by its resounding success on all levels. Support from the Annual Fund allows this program to be free of cost to all students and pays local artists for their professional performances.

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This program brings NYC theater professionals together with local theater-loving children ages 10-17 for a week-long theater day camp. Activities include instruction in singing, acting, and dancing, as well as special master classes. The week culminates with a children’s performance for family and friends on the PPAC stage. Your Annual Fund donation supports the administrative costs of this program. Thanks to you, Broadway’s future stars can be discovered right here at PPAC!

This program is generously supported in part by The Robert F. Stoico / FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation.

From Books to Broadway


An educational partnership between PPAC and Rhode Island schools, this program is designed to expose students to the magic of Broadway through attendance at shows combined with a cast member “meet and greet.” A personal and up close way to inspire students to pursue a career in the arts, cast members lead discussions on Broadway subjects including the type of education and experience necessary to produce a successful Broadway show. In some cases, cast members even lead demonstrations with student participation. Your Annual Fund donation helps provide the production staff and materials used at each educational meet and greet.

This program is generously supported in part by The Robert F. Stoico / FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation.


  • to preserve the historic integrity and beauty of the building
  • to present the widest possible variety of high-quality arts and cultural events that serve the entertainment needs of the State’s various populations
  • to maintain fiscal responsibility

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