Class of '15 & '16 Challenge

This campaign ended on September 20, 2017, but you can still make a gift to Friends Select School by clicking here!

A Theater for Future Generations

In appreciation of Friends Select’s ongoing commitment to excellence in the performing arts, Jeff Abrams and Margaret Barry, parents of Friends Select alums Ben Abrams ’15 and Martha Abrams ’16, invite you to join them in support of the Blauvelt Theatre renovation project: 

The Abrams-Barry Family will match every dollar donated in honor of the classes of 2015 and 2016, up to an additional $25,000. In turn, the theater’s new vestibule will be named in tribute to those graduating classes. 

Like so many in the Friends Select community, Jeff and Margaret feel the modern rebirth of FSS musical theater was kicked off by RENT and Pippin; both shows were anchored by members of the ’15 and ’16 classes, and produced the first-ever Friends Select winners of the prestigious Greater Philadelphia Cappies Awards: Angela Bey ’15 and Emily Augenbraun ’16, along with Cappies nominees Abby Kring ’14, Clara Hughes ’14, Chris Keppel ’15, and Donnay Burden ’15. More importantly, those productions ushered in a new era of innovation, ambition, and creative risk-taking that will challenge and inspire Friends Select’s performers, choreographers, designers, technicians, and mentors for generations to come. 

Keep the legacy of the class of 2015 and 2016 alive in the new theater by making a donation today and having it matched up to $25,000!

To view giving levels for the theater click here. For questions about supporting the Abrams-Barry challenge match, or about other ways to give to the school, contact Julia Greenberger, Director of Alumni/ae Relations, at 215.561.5900, extension 106, or

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