The Santa Monica Playhouse has been awarded two grants from the 2009 City of Santa Monica Community Access and Participation Grant Program and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.

The Playhouse’s Diversity-in-Education Program was awarded a grant that will fund a series of theater field trips, Playhouse education coordinator Serena Dolinsky said. During the field trips, 1,000 students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will participate in interactive professional musical productions, pre-show theater arts preparation, post-show talk-backs and language arts workshops, as well as hands-on behind-the-scenes lighting, costuming and makeup experiences.

The Playhouse has also received funding for a special cross-generational week-long free theater festival to kick off a year-long 25th anniversary celebration of the company’s musical Cinderella.

Featuring free performances, workshops, and community activities, The Week of the Glass Slipper Festival, being presented through Sunday, January 11th, brings members of different generations together in the life-affirming, community-building magic of a live theatre experience, Dolinsky said. The groups participate in a professional interactive musical production, share ideas, create their own performance events, and work with costumes, make-up, song and movement in workshops and post-show talk-backs.

Tickets to the Playhouse version of Cinderella will be free to the public for all six shows during the weekend of January 10th and 11th. Shows are scheduled at 12:30, 3 and 6 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling the box office at (310) 394-9779 ext. 2.