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Blue Apple Players: A History of Success

Founded in 1976, Blue Apple Players is a nationally acclaimed nonprofit, theater company producing original musicals and educational theater programs for young audiences. Entertaining and inspiring, programs reach across social, economic, and geographical boundaries and use the power of drama to ignite children’s imagination and change lives.

Blue Apple tours over 150 performances of its award-winning original musicals each year, reaching nearly 60,000 youth throughout a ten state region. Venues have ranged from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to inner city Chicago schools and log gymnasiums in the mountains of Kentucky. Drama for Learning; Drama for Life provides drama-based education programs focused on academic and social growth for youth at more than 70 different schools and community sites a year in the Metro Louisville area and Southern Indiana.

An inventory of 37 original musicals, written by Artistic Director Geraldine Ann Snyder, addresses topics ranging from teen pregnancy and adolescent suicide to musicals based on American history and traditional folk tales. Blue Apple provides educators with professional lesson plans that link core content requirements to each performance. With publication of scripts by Samuel French Inc. and The Dramatic Publishing Co., - the top theatrical publishers - Blue Apple musicals reach communities from Canada to Hawaii through performances by other companies.

Video adaptations of its original musicals: NO MORE SECRETS (child abuse), CONSEQUENCES (teen pregnancy), and STOP THE VIOLENCE (youth violence) have been televised and are used in classrooms in every state.

Blue Apple has been at the forefront of evaluation with published studies in national education journals and studies by the University of Kentucky documenting the effectiveness of Blue Apple’s work in making a positive impact on children’s attitudes, behavior, and academic achievement.

Blue Apple is one of only 21 arts groups nationwide recognized by the Wallace Foundation for a prestigious and highly competitive award for Leadership and Excellence in Arts Participation.

What others say about Blue Apple Players…..

On the way my friends Jimmy, Dusty and I were saying we would not like the play. At the end we were the biggest fans.
- Student, Hendersonville, Tennessee (excerpt from Shubert Foundation Annual Report)

If I hadn’t been in the Blue Apple youth theater I would still be sitting in the back of the classroom with no one to be friends with or to talk to.
- A middle school boy

The year following your performance of CONSEQUENCES, we had a significant drop in the number of young women that became pregnant.
- Principal, Calloway Co.High School

After their work with Blue Apple, students’ scores increased 74%.
- Dr. Dean Hite, Principal, Western Middle School

Our community is a young, growing small town that is overly supplied with sports programs for our children, but totally devoid of culture and arts programs. The JOHNNY APPLESEED play was “ food for a starving nation”. The music teacher and I had wanted something like this for our students for so long that we were overcome with tears of joy when we saw how the children responded to the music and story.
- Kindergarten Teacher, Tennessee

“Because of No More Secrets, Melissa’s abuse ended. The defendant received a 25 year sentence.”
- Carol H. Cobb, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney & Division Chief, Domestic Violence Unit

 

 

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