ROEPER SUMMER STOCK THEATRE RECEIVES ANNUAL GIFT FROM THE JACK OAKIE & VICTORIA HORNE OAKIE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Roeper Summer Stock Theatre is pleased to announce a $5,000.00 annual gift in support of tuition scholarships from The Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation. To date, Roeper has received $20,000 from the foundation in support of student scholarships. Under the direction of Mitch Masters and Dan Greig, Roeper Summer Stock Theatre will open its 13th season this summer. Campers 4-years-old through twelfth grade will have fun singing, dancing and acting as they prepare for their showcase performances.
The Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation underwrites lectures, scholarships and awards for deserving film and theatre students at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, USC School of Cinematic Arts, The American Film Institute, UCLA Film and Television Archives, Syracuse University and The Los Angeles Student Media Festival are but a few that enjoy the support of the Foundation. “Roeper is grateful for this generous gift and proud to be included with such a distinguished group of recipients,” said Carri Hammers, Roeper Summer Program Director.
Jack Oakie worked steadily in the film industry from 1927 through the 1940’s, and was under contract at Paramount Studios from 1929 to 1934. His career encompassed stage, film, radio and later, television. He appeared in 87 films, co-staring with Lucille Ball, John Payne, Shirley Temple, Betty Grable and others, and he was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Il Duce of Bacteria in the 1940 Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator.
Both Jack and Victoria, who appeared in Harvey with Jimmy Stewart, were long-time residents of the San Fernando Valley (California). They were known for being philanthropists and humanitarians throughout their lives. Continuing their legacy of giving, The Oakie Charitable Foundation trustees remain dedicated to the couple’s wishes: “Give the money to the kids!”
Founded in 1941, The Roeper School is a uniquely personalized, coeducational school for gifted and talented children in preschool through grade 12 from over 60 communities in southeast Michigan. With campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Michigan, Roeper was conceived on founding principles that recognize the power of education, choice and self-expression, and the transformative impact these principles have on young minds.