DALLAS (October 25, 2011) – Dallas Theater Center is thrilled to announce it is partnering with the North Texas Food Bank for the fourth year in a row during the annual production of A Christmas Carol. DTC patrons have donated over $130,000 to the NTFB since the partnership began.
"A Christmas Carol is a long-standing tradition at Dallas Theater Center. We are thrilled that this tradition has expended to include a partnership with the North Texas Food Bank," says DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. "This partnership allows us to engage our audience outside of the theater and to increase awareness about the many faces of hunger. For the fourth year in a row, DTC is able to celebrate the spirit of this Dickens classic by partnering with our patrons to give to a worthy cause."
The DTC and NTFB partnership includes two days of volunteering at the NTFB warehouse, collecting monetary donations after each performance and providing a place for A Christmas Carol patrons to donate non-perishable food items to the Food Bank.
The North Texas Food Bank hopes to raise $7 million before the end of December. Holiday donations are critical to providing year-round aid to hungry North Texas and account for 50% of annual funds raised. 94 cents of every dollar given to the Food Bank supports the organization's mission.
"This is the most wonderful time of the year, especially due to the generosity of the Dallas Theater Center," said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. "We have a goal of raising $7 million by December 31—nearly half of what we hope to raise in 2011—and we simply couldn't get there without the audience's support at A Christmas Carol. Now, like Scrooge, let's honor the spirit of the season in our hearts and never forget the lessons it teaches us -- because so many North Texans struggle with hunger year-round."
ABOUT DALLAS THEATER CENTER:
One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 90,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas. DTC also presents productions at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. The mission of DTC is to engage, entertain and inspire our diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Heather Kitchen, DTC produces a six-play subscription season of classics, musicals and new plays and an annual production of A Christmas Carol; extensive education programs including Project Discovery, SummerStage and partnerships with Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and community outreach efforts including leading the DFW Foote Festival and collaborations with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, North Texas Food Bank and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Throughout its history, DTC has produced many new works, including The Texas Trilogy by Preston Jones in 1978, Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men in 1986 and recent premieres of The Trinity River Plays by Regina Taylor, the revised It's a Bird… It's a Plane… It's Superman by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, Give It Up! (which later became Lysistrata Jones on Broadway) by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Finn, Sarah, Plain and Tall by Julia Jordan, Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson.
DTC gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors: American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Lexus, National Endowment for the Arts, TACA, TCA, Texas Instruments and WFAA.
ABOUT NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK:
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit social benefit organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of 300 Member Agencies and 1,000 feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through research, education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. In FY 2011, NTFB provided access to nearly 33 million nutritious meals. Founded in 1982, NTFB is a member of Feeding America (feedingamerica.org).