Walter Mahone, one of Frazer’s adult participants, has been awarded a scholarship for six voice lessons. The scholarship comes from the Raise Our Voices program at Theatre Platform Project, a nonprofit “committed to providing performing arts education to inclusive and diverse groups in our community.” (theatreplatformproject.org)
Ricardo Aponte is the founder of Theatre Platform Project (TPP). The Frazer Center has partnered with him and TPP to provide classes for the adult participants at Frazer Center who are interested in learning more about dance and musical theatre performance.
This past fall, Ricardo and his team from TPP worked with over twenty adult participants to develop, rehearse, and perform a holiday show in Frazer's atrium. Walter Mahone was one of the emcees and sang in multiple numbers.
Walter is first in line for any chance to perform, whether it’s karaoke, dance classes, or a Frazer talent show. So when Ricardo came on the scene, Walter was front and center.
“I think Walter is so talented,” says Ricardo. “He’s like a diamond in the rough.” That’s why, when it came to choosing a scholarship recipient for voice lessons, Ricardo did not have to think twice. “I’m invested in Walter’s growth as a performer. I want him to have more and more opportunities.”
Theatre Platform Project partners with another arts education nonprofit, Made 4 The Stage. Together they offer scholarships to individuals who may not otherwise have access to private voice lessons.
Walter is excited to hone his vocal stylings with his new voice teacher, and we at Frazer look forward to being in his audience again soon.