troupe 2757 goes to scotland
our journey to edinburgh
The fundraising quest for the Fringe continued for Troupe 2757 on Thursday, April 23, 2015. We had a smashing time hosting a mystery dinner theatre, "The Mafia Murders". Guests traveled back in time with us to the era of Prohibition and big time gangsters. Every Goon and Dame arrived at our Speakeasy "The Library" togged to the bricks. Sadly our joint was infested with a broad with a vendetta, and too many of our guests ended up swimming with the fishes by the end of the night. Luckily, the speakeasy had two undercover FBI agents and a swell detective and all wrongs were righted. This dinner party couldn't have been more keen, and we are so thankful for all of the dough it brought our way. Ring-a-ding-ding!
It's so hard to believe that April is upon us. March has been an action packed month filled with many wonderful activities and opportunities.
The first week of March, Troupe 2757 traveled to Alhambra, CA to Mark Keppel High School to watch their amazing production of Peter Pan. We will be traveling to Scotland this summer with MKHS, and we are so thankful that we have been able to build friendships with them throughout the year. It is an honor to be chosen amongst programs such as Mark Keppel's to perform at the largest arts festival in the world. I am personally thankful for the friendship that I have formed with their fabulous and talented director, Page Phillips. It has been a true blessing to have a friend and confidant on this crazy journey!
March also brought our production of Bring It On the Musical. We were the high Desert premiere of this show, and one of the first high schools to produce it. It was high flying fun and a true hit with our audience. The students of Victor Valley High School Drama and Cheer, certainly partnered together to BRING IT ON! We'll always smile when we remember this!
On March 21, one of our fabulous Fringe parents organized a Zumbathon to raise money for our dream. It was a fitness and fun filled morning. Our fans danced to the beat as their admission helped us move closer to making our dream a reality. It was great fun to see some favorite alumni faces and to give everyone a good laugh as I attempted to Zumba!
Did you know that not only is March known for it's Madness, but it is also "Celebrate Arts in Schools" month? What better way to celebrate the arts at Victor Valley High School than spreading the word about our ongoing goal of raising money to make our Scottish dreams a reality. To update all of our loyal followers, we are currently at $56,000. We have $44,000 to go to reach our goal. If you are inspired by our story, believe in our student actors, want to help us tell the world about a little town called Victorville, or just have a really big tax return you'd like to share, please contact us. You'll be "mad" at yourself if you don't!
Since September, this school year has been a frenzied blur of fundraisers. It's easy to get caught up on the endless to-do-list and the tally of how close/far we are from our goal. Thanks to the talent and artistry of one of my former students, I was reminded yesterday of why this really matters. It matters because producing the show "With Their Eyes" has had a huge impact on the students in it. This show has taught them a part of their history that they are too young to understand. For those of us old enough to remember the horrendous events surrounding 9/11, this show forces us to reflect on how this event changed and re-shaped our nation. This show is the perfect example of theatre that teaches, and theatre that touches your heart. To be given the opportunity to share this message with a world wide audience, that is what this madness is all about. We all need to reflect sometimes on what really matters.
"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."
Last night we wrapped up our latest fundraiser, our kids' theatre academy, "When You Wish Upon a Star". This experience was all about sharing our gifts. Victor Valley High School has received the largest gift possible with our selection to perform to at the largest theatre festival in the world in the summer of 2015. Not to brag, but my students are pretty "gifted" as long as we are talking about gifts. They are talented performers, wonderful individuals, and great teachers. Their enthusiasm, creativity and passion over the course of the last three Saturdays had a huge impact on the kids attending our academy. They shared their gift of performing with all of the kids at camp, and you could see and feel a blossoming love of theatre in all of the camp participants as they performed at the showcase last night. When Troupe 2757 looks back on this entire experience of fundraising for the Fringe, I know they will look back on the experience of running the kids' academy with great fondness. Thank you to all of the families that payed for their children to attend our academy, your gift will help us share ours with the world! TROUPE 2757 GOES TO SCOTLAND!
It's hard to believe that we have already embarked upon second semester. First semester seemed to fly by with all of the fundraisers we had going on. Our efforts are paying off. I'm happy to announce that due to our efforts and the generosity of our school site, we are half way there! What an exciting feeling. I can really picture us stepping off of the train to the tune of bagpipes this summer!
You know the Visa commercials, the commercials in which they list the expenses of an important life event and end the commercial with the words "Priceless". I have to say that even before we board the plane for this adventure that the experience has already been priceless.
At the beginning of the year, my cast was just a group of individuals who happened to get cast in the show of a lifetime. Over the last six months, it has been so heart warming and endearing to watch what has happened. Here are the priceless moments that have come from working on getting ourselves to Scotland: we are a family, we know how to organize and run a successful fundraiser ( after a few not so successful ones at the beginning of the year), every single student has experienced substantial personal growth, we have more students than ever wanting to be involved in VVHS Drama, we have gained the ability to approach obstacles with determination and hope, we are slowly becoming the pride of our school and community.
On Thursday, November 6, Troupe 2757 Goes to Scotland hosted a Blood Drive at VVHS. We had over 150 people donate blood. For every pint donated, 3 adult lives or 8 infant lives are saved. The entire troupe worked as a team to make this event such a success. The students showed our community that the character they demonstrate off stage is just as powerful as the characters they create on stage. We are changing lives on stage and off.
Today was a crazy busy, but very exciting day for Troupe 2757.
The day started at 7:30 am with a radio appearance.
Immediately following our troupe went on tour and inspired a large crowd of young high school students at a local high school.
We rushed back to VVHS and in twenty minutes got ready for the soft opening of our haunted house.
This evening, we continued to scare our way to Scotland with the second round of "Your Worst Nightmare"
It's not too late to send some donations for us to put in our treat basket!
Happy Halloween everyone!
This weekend was full of fun. Fundraising, and the DTASC fall Festival. The biggest hit at the football game, was the wood-fired pizza truck.
On Saturday, 29 VVHS Drama students competed in seven different categories. Three of the seven groups advanced to semi-finals, and one of those on to finals. It's a spectacular year for VVHS Drama. Next up, the Haunted House!
Scaring Our Way To Scotland
VVHS DRAMA PROUDLY PRESENTS:
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE: A HALLOWEEN HAUNT
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE
ROOM 6 VVHS
Get into the Halloween Spirit and help us make our way to The Fringe!
The Scotland Crew continued to amaze and impress at our red carpet event. Not only do these 16 lucky students get to perform on an international stage, they are acquiring important life skills along the way. I'm so impressed by their confidence and eloquence when telling the members of our community their stories. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this amazing group of young adults on this once in a lifetime project. They truly are red carpet superstars!