Hudson Star-Observer: When the call came out nationwide for exceptional theater programs, more than a thousand people applied. Music teacher Kari Heisler was one of them, representing the Hudson High School theater program.
With the premier of the new theater drama “Rise,” the Education Theater Foundation held auditions of a sort for Recognizing Inspiring Student Expression (R.I.S.E) grants, awarding $10,000 to the chosen theater departments.
Only 50 were selected in the end, and Hudson made the cut.
“That’s pretty amazing to be one of the 50,” Heisler said.
Heisler first heard of the opportunity through social media.
“I saw it and I got goosebumps,” Heisler said. “And I thought I don’t care if we ever get it we’ve got to apply for it.”
That was on a Thursday, the deadline for the application was the following Monday.
The application required a 500-word essay from Heisler, a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a two-minute video submission showcasing the theater department.