The Rotary Club of Clover Park and Southgate Elementary School made magic happen on Saturday afternoon at the Lakewood Playhouse.
It all began with an idea from Rotarian Ernie Heller, followed by a terrific Grant request written by Rotarian Dee Ebsen. Clover Park Rotary received $2500 in grant money and in turn budgeted another $2500 so we could hire the Lakewood Playhouse thespians to tutor every class at Southgate in acting exercises. They worked with the children during the Fall and then had 150 students tryout for the 25 parts in “Peter Pan”.
Friday, the students performed for the student body and for the parents. Saturday, they performed at the Playhouse, tickets selling out even before the doors opened. So many attending said thank you for giving these children a chance to do something they’ve never had the opportunity to do before. One child said to his teacher, “I’ve got to learn to read better so that next year I can read the script and try out”.
Many wonderful gifts were donated to a Treasure Chest and Saturday we sold raffle tickets for the Chest and also had a “raise the paddle” event after the play ended. $478 was raised in raffle ticket sales, with an additional $1,425 donated at the theater with another $645 pledged. This will allow the Clover Park Rotary, Lakewood Playhouse and Southgate Elementary School the opportunity to partner together for a little more magic next year.