Dear Supporters of Performing Arts in Schools,
Have you seen the annual video representing Any Town High School, USA? You know the one with the drone shots and highlights from an intense high school football game, cheerleaders cheering at the pep rally under bright lights, and crowds of people rooting for the team?
Have you ever seen a video of a young actor about to go on-stage before their first-ever performance in front of a packed theatre, a group of students in the wings doing a quick costume change between scenes, pan to a young person up in the tech room cuing the music and readying the lights? Have you seen the one where a group of improv students are acting out a scene set in a gas station filled with wild animals who forgot to wear pants? You haven’t seen these, because they don't exist.
The arts are not in the spotlight in most high schools, they are not represented in those inspiring videos, but they are important and may be the one place that your child finds a home in four years of a high school experience. Maybe this was you? Ask any former drama kid about their high school experience and you will hear about friends they are still connected with and stories of building courage and confidence to head into the world as an adult.
One of the many wonderful things about drama is there is a place for everyone. Yes... there are auditions and small lessons in grit and perseverance, but the program exists for all. There are a myriad of ways to be involved in the drama program from tech, to stage management, to writing, to directing, to acting, to singing, to improvisation, to graphic design and marketing. Sammamish's Eastlake High School Drama program involves more than 140 students. Under the leadership of Director Kate Wold and Adam Richardson, the Eastlake High School Drama program has had multiple students qualify and attend both State and National Thespian competitions, in addition to gaining recognition by the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards. Many students graduating the program go on to pursue a fine arts education at colleges and universities across the country.
Please consider supporting the Drama program at Eastlake High School. The program relies on the Drama Booster Club for funding. Funds raised go towards all aspects of the drama program, including Drama Club, Aw Snap! Improv Team, guest theatrical artists, lighting, sets, costumes, choreography and professional vocal coaches for shows, transportation to events, and much more.
Due to time and budget constraints this year, we had to cancel our annual showcase and auction. Next year's shows will be announced soon and there are big plans for EHS Drama in the 2020-2021 school year, but they cannot reach their full potential without your help. We are asking that you make a donation to the program, as you are able, by clicking the donate button. Our goal is to raise $6000 to support next year's program.
Thank you for your support!
Eastlake Drama Boosters