A Message from Bette…

Much thanks to all who have supported Stages for Success these past few years…please keep on keeping on. With your help our work will continue to bring much needed improvements to outdated and dysfunctional public school auditoriums, because every kid deserves a chance to sing out!

I’m excited to announce our 2016-17 school auditorium project – a vibrant high school for the arts in the Bronx that offers programs in instrumental music, vocal music, drama, technical theater, the visual arts, and dance. The auditorium lacks functioning lighting and sound systems and the acoustics present additional challenges. The school is housed in a grand early 20th century building that is showing its age, and is also home to five other schools that all use the auditorium for assemblies, faculty professional development, movie showings, talent shows and music concerts. In total, over 2500 students are served here, all deserving a stage to showcase their talents and build skills for their future success

I’ve seen young lives transformed when they are given the opportunity for creative expression in a stimulating environment, and the benefits are profound: teamwork and sense of community, improved academic achievement and discipline, reading and language skills, confidence and self-esteem. Why just look what it’s done for me!

With deepest gratitude for your generosity and support!

Bette and a whole lot of very excited kids.

STAGES FOR SUCCESS - COMPLETED PROJECTS

2015-16: Fort Greene, Brooklyn

With your help, the Stages for Success crew worked its magic at a performing arts school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where the auditorium was in desperate need of working sound and lighting systems, new curtains and other improvements. This school, which offers programs in theater, dance, visual arts and music to every one of its 500+ students in grades 6 through 12, now has a state of the art space where they can display their many talents

I’m thrilled to present a time-lapse video of last year’s spectacular auditorium transformation:

COMPLETED PROJECT 2014: Far Rockaway, Queens

The 2014 Stages for Success auditorium makeover is a big hit! I’m almost speechless, almost…but I just can’t contain my gratitude for your generosity and support! Please view the time-lapse video to see what was accomplished with your help out in Far Rockaway – the change will knock your socks off!

COMPLETED PROJECT 2012-13: South Bronx

In 2012, our design and construction team completed a highly successful project at a middle school in the South Bronx. The school was selected because it is a model of exemplary teaching and visionary leadership. We wanted to provide the tools and technology so that its students could have access to a first rate facility where they could fully express their creativity. The auditorium was transformed from an antiquated room to a beautiful and functional sound stage. The work included audio upgrades, significant cosmetic changes, new sound absorbent material and drapes, a complete paint job, and a completely upgraded rigging grid.