Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. - HFI

Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. - HFI Our mission is to increase access to the Hippodrome and all of its assets through free outreach and education programs for the Maryland community.
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In addition to presenting the best of live theater in Baltimore, Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. (HFI) is committed to providing access to the Hippodrome - and all of its assets - to people who live in and visit Maryland by providing free outreach and education programs in the community. Board members and staff work to provide programs that provide opportunities for students of all ages that make a difference in their lives - whether as a Camp Hippodrome camper, as a Young Critic reviewing shows, a student attending one of our free matinees or as a dancer from Baltimore School for the Arts participating in a master class. HFI has provided services to thousands of people since the re-opening of the Hippodrome on February 10, 2004.

In addition to presenting the best of live theater in Baltimore, Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. (HFI) is committed to providing access to the Hippodrome - and all of its assets - to people who live in and visit Maryland by providing free outreach and education programs in the community. Board members and staff work to provide programs that provide opportunities for students of all ages that make a difference in their lives - whether as a Camp Hippodrome camper, as a Young Critic reviewing shows, a student attending one of our free matinees or as a dancer from Baltimore School for the Arts participating in a master class. HFI has provided services to thousands of people since the re-opening of the Hippodrome on February 10, 2004.

Operating as usual

07/14/2020

Such a great time today at 2020 Virtual Camp Hippodrome - Senior Edition, Thank you again to JP Morgan Chase and PNC Charitable Trust.

Thank you to Camp Hippodrome sponsors JP Morgan Chase and PNC Charitable Trust!
07/10/2020
'Camp Hippodrome' Goes Virtual Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you to Camp Hippodrome sponsors JP Morgan Chase and PNC Charitable Trust!

The annual musical theater camp had to get creative. Instead of happening at The Hippodrome, middle school students in Baltimore City and County are logging on to Zoom.

07/07/2020
HFI Master Class with Ben Lipitz

Hippodrome Foundation had the pleasure of working with Ben Lipitz (Pumbaa: National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King) on a special virtual master class for some of its Camp Hippodrome counselors. During this class Ben guided students through a physical warm up, sense memory exercises, followed by instructional techniques geared to get students out of their prepared rehearsed performance and make them explore the material as artists. The session concluded with a question and answer session. As you will see in the video, Ben was able to help students deeply connect with their material and experience an emotional release which young artist normally have bottled up and are afraid to let out.

Enjoy these incredibly talented artists!

https://youtu.be/n336TNZoonw

Hippodrome Foundation had the pleasure of working with Ben Lipitz (Pumbaa: National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King) on a special virtual master class for its...

Session 1 of 2020 Virtual Camp Hippodrome concluded today.  The foundation is so proud of each and everyone of you.  We ...
07/02/2020

Session 1 of 2020 Virtual Camp Hippodrome concluded today. The foundation is so proud of each and everyone of you.

We can't wait to share the "Finale Virtual Performance" with you all soon!

Special thanks to the generosity of The Caroline Holdship Charitable Trust though the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Committee and J.P. Morgan Chase for sponsoring Camp Hippodrome this summer.

Hakuna Matata#OnlyIntermission
05/15/2020

Hakuna Matata
#OnlyIntermission

A very special message from our volunteer ushers!
05/13/2020

A very special message from our volunteer ushers!

05/08/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Some of you have asked about our where the staff works! Our offices are underground in what used to be a bank vault. The admin area is surrounded by show posters of events that have played the theatre. And somtimes, we need a little musical break. 😉 ENJOY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

The Hippodrome Foundation’s (HFI) mission is to raise the curtain on opportunity for Maryland’s young people by providin...
05/05/2020

The Hippodrome Foundation’s (HFI) mission is to raise the curtain on opportunity for Maryland’s young people by providing free outreach and education programs related to theater and the arts. HFI uses the assets in the beautiful France-Merrick Performing Arts Center as “tools for learning,” providing free programs for thousands of students annually. Please consider making a donation to HFI on this #GivingTuesdayNow. Thank you!

05/04/2020

From our homes to your homes, a virtual game of pass the clap! We will be able to play this fun team building and focusing game again at the Hippodrome but in the meantime why not try to play it at home with your family. Enjoy your day!!

04/29/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

In today's "Behind the Hipp Curtain" video, Chris takes us up to the catwalk above the dome of the auditorium. Learn about how the Hippodrome’s chandelier is cleaned and maintained.

04/27/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

How does the team at the Hippodrome update the marquee? Take a peek!

PLUS, help us come up with a new message that is creative and inspirational and we'll put it up next week! 🤗 There are 4 lines that can be no more than 30 characters (including spaces) per line. Comment by 5pm on Friday, May 1.

04/27/2020
Behind the Mask

Students from around Baltimore participated in HFI’s “Behind the Mask” program during the 2019/2020 Hippodrome Season. First they read and critiqued Edgar Allen Poe’s Masque of the Read Death…..then they came to the Hippodrome Theatre to see THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. The students did a paper comparing and contrasting the two works and finally produced their own documentary. Special thanks to the Kahlert Foundation for support. We always hear from teachers how important the performing arts can be to maximize learning – and this is a wonderful example!

We love our volunteers!!
04/25/2020

We love our volunteers!!

Happy National Volunteer Week! 🎉

We would like to celebrate and thank our 600+ volunteers that make magic happen at the Hippodrome Theatre. Our volunteers (along with an amazing front-of-house team) handle everything from welcoming guests, scanning tickets, handing out Playbills, providing directions and more. We are so grateful for their dedication to the theatre and patrons, and can't wait to see them soon!

For more information on our volunteer usher program, visit HippodromeFoundation.org.

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04/25/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

We are grateful for our wonderful partnership!! Thank you.

In today's "Behind the Hipp Curtain" video, Ron shows us some of the rehearsal spaces of the Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. - HFI's building. HFI is connected to the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center on Baltimore Street and includes both office spaces and rehearsal rooms where actors, dancers, campers and musicians practice and play.

Learn more about our amazing non-profit partner here: HippodromeFoundation.org

04/24/2020
THE LION KING Dance Tutorial: Get Up And Go

Hey HFI Families - Get Up and Go with Disney's The Lion King. If you decide to learn the choreography post a video below in the comments. Stay healthy and stay safe!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avf5QyUY1Bo&feature=emb_logo&sc_src=email_1871766&sc_lid=136034241&sc_uid=iioTvRelMD&sc_llid=453780&utm_source=Emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200424_TLK_Content

Learn choreography from the award-winning Broadway musical, THE LION KING. Disney on Broadway's wellness and fitness program “Get Up and Go” promotes fun way...

04/23/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Chris takes us on to the loading dock on Baltimore Street where our shows load in their lights, costumes, set pieces and more! Tune in to see how our shows get from truck to stage.

04/22/2020
04/22/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

We're back with another episode "Behind the Hipp Curtain"! In today's video, walk through the downstairs backstage corridor with Ron and Chris and take a peek into our chorus dressing rooms, wardrobe area, wig room and trap room!

04/21/2020
Hamilton

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Attention HFI Families -- Here is a fun education program you can do at home - Enjoy and Be Safe.

Get your education! Introducing #EduHam AT HOME! Our new and totally FREE program allows students and families to learn about the history of our great nation. Join in at GilderLehrman.org/EduHamHome and share your performances using #HamAtHome!

Friends of HFI - check out this amazing opportunity from Disney Theatrical Productions.https://www.goodmorningamerica.co...
04/20/2020
'The Lion King' on Broadway debuts free theater curriculum for students and families

Friends of HFI - check out this amazing opportunity from Disney Theatrical Productions.

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/family/story/lion-king-broadway-debuts-free-theater-curriculum-students-70183620?fbclid=IwAR1BBp71rWGvUNgw4ptz0irbH5CguLCQIMROxuZ8qyq6-eOKi1wFRZDUnew

"The Lion King Experience" is an immersive introduction to theatre curriculum through the lens of the Broadway production of The Lion King.

04/16/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Welcome to stage left where we have 2 star dressing rooms (beautifully decorated by Arhaus) and 4 principal dressing rooms. Downstairs, there are additional chorus rooms, laundry facilities, hair/makeup and more!

04/15/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

In today's "Behind the Hipp Curtain" video, Ron explores more of the fly floor where crew members leave their mark and help remind us of the amazing shows that have come through since the historic building reopened in 2004.

04/14/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

In today's "Behind the Hipp Curtain" video, join Chris Mahan as he welcomes us up to the fly floor where our amazingly talented stagehands and crew members make the magic happen for our audiences.

04/14/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Ever wondered what the backstage of the theatre looks like? Where the actors get ready? How the sets fly in and out?

We'll be posting a series of "Behind the Hipp Curtain" videos each afternoon, starting today! Join our President Ron Legler and Vice President Chris Mahan for some behind-the-scenes tours, fun facts and history of our beloved Hippodrome Theatre.

04/14/2020
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Ever wondered what the backstage of the theatre looks like? Where the actors get ready? How the sets fly in and out?

We'll be posting a series of "Behind the Hipp Curtain" videos each afternoon, starting today! Join our President Ron Legler and Vice President Chris Mahan for some behind-the-scenes tours, fun facts and history of our beloved Hippodrome Theatre.

04/09/2020
CPM Virtual Choir: "A New World"

HFI loves this virtual performance by Children's Playhouse of Maryland - do you recognize any of these faces? I spy some former campers and a few counselors -- Way to go CPM!

Children's Playhouse of Maryland presents their virtual choir, performing "A New World" from "Songs for a New World" Created by Musical Director, Charlotte E...

THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL Has Been Rescheduled at The Hippodrome
04/05/2020
THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL Has Been Rescheduled at The Hippodrome

THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL Has Been Rescheduled at The Hippodrome

The CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series has announced that the engagement of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, originally scheduled to play April 14-19, 2020 at The Hippodrome Theatre, has been rescheduled for August 18-23, 2020.

Help spread a smile...if you have participated in an HFI program, leave a comment about your experience and share a pict...
03/23/2020

Help spread a smile...if you have participated in an HFI program, leave a comment about your experience and share a picture!

Attention 2019 Camp Hippodrome Families:Looking for something to keep your children active?  Enter the Camp Hippodrome C...
03/19/2020

Attention 2019 Camp Hippodrome Families:

Looking for something to keep your children active?

Enter the Camp Hippodrome Challenge!

Hippodrome Foundation challenges 2019 campers to create a 20 second song or monologue about their experience at Camp Hippodrome.

To enter the challenge, camper should upload original work to our page. Use #CampHippodrome

All who post will be entered into a drawing, 3 winners will be chosen and those winners will get to perform their work at the Final Camp Hippodrome Performance on July 2nd or July 9th.

Challenge ends 5pm on April 9th so GET HIPP and get going!

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