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    San Diego students use theatrical skills to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation

    In the small community of Scripps Ranch, outside of San Diego, a group of teenage students from Thurgood Marshall Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School use their summer vacation and time away from the classroom to utilize their skills on and off the stage, in order to produce a full-fledged theatrical production. However, for these kids, although these students do it for their love of theater, they are participating for an entirely different reason. These students are members of an organization, "Theater for Charity."

    Theater For Charity was organized by Scripps Ranch High School senior, Meghanne Clark, as a way to give back to those in need. Clark explains that, "[It] is a group of students, utilizing their theatrical backgrounds and talents, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation." What started out as a garage production raising around $125 in the summer of 2009, has grown into an increasingly large theatrical production. This year's cast of children has a goal to raise $4,000, but they hope to raise more!

    This year’s production, “Too Good to be True,” written and directed by Clark, is a comedic, musical satire relating to the cosmetics industry. Alternating scenes occur in a beauty parlor and coffee shop known as the ‘Beauty and the Brew’, where a team of scheming ladies try to market Love Potion Number 9. Although the secret formula is nothing but placebo effect, true love emerges.

    The production, which was held on August 2, 2014, is a collaborative phenomenon with a cast ranging in age from 10 to 15. Each cast member offers their special talents including in areas such as set and costume design, choreography, marketing, recruiting, and more. “We are blessed to have such a talented group of students devoting their skills and coveted summer free time to this event,” Says Clark.

    During the course of the production, Clark explained what inspires her to write plays every year and become a playwright at such a young age. She states, “Writing is my creative outlet. I’m drawn to do it. It is a hobby, not work or required, just fun. It feels good to give back to the community through a worthy organization such as Make-A-Wish. The kids in the cast feel as if we are all part of a family through the course of creating the production.”
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