The grant will help develop increasingly complex programs and productions as students advance to high school. The K-12 instruction will progressively address public speaking, voice and diction, creative movement, improvisation, storytelling, memorization and acting. High school courses will include Drama I, Drama II and Theater Production, along with seasonal stage performances.
The grant comes at a time when the fine arts have been specifically targeted by the Diocese of Reno and the Bishop Manogue administration as an area for growth in Catholic education.
“Budget considerations have made it a challenge to consistently offer a comprehensive performing arts curriculum,” Bishop Manogue President Christopher Whitty said. “It is our goal to stabilize, grow, and expand our fine arts offerings. Thanks to the E. L. Wiegand Foundation’s extreme generosity, we are now able to do so, not only for our high school-age students, but for our younger students as well. We could not be more thrilled with this opportunity.”