After pulling off a successful gala performance at the Capitol Theatre last month, the Davis School District Foundation is taking its show on the road.
The "Twelve Dancing Princesses," the foundation's first major fund-raising production, plays at four Davis high schools this month.Based on the Grimm's fairy tale by the same name, the show not only provides family entertainment but is a great way for parents to raise money for their local schools, most of which are student-rich but money-poor, said foundation Director Sherrie Johnson.
Here's how the fund raiser works: When you purchase a ticket, which costs $4, you must write on the back of the stub the name of the school you want to receive the money. It can be an elementary, junior high or high school.
When the receipts are in, the money will be available for the principals of the schools to use for anything from new computer equipment to an artist-in-residence, Johnson said.
The production, a combination of professional and high school talent, will cost around $16,000, most of which was raised at the March 23 gala at the Capitol Theatre, an event attended by about 1,200 people, she said.
The show runs Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at Viewmont High School; Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, at Woods Cross High; Saturday, April 20, and Monday, April 22, at Layton High; and Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, at Clearfield High School. Tickets are available at all Davis County high schools or at the door.
"We would like to fill the seats every night," Johnson said. "If we could do that, we could really generate funds." She said the show received positive reviews in the Deseret News, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Davis County Clipper.
"We're hoping that because it's such a worthy cause that word will get around."
Indeed, if capacity crowds are on hand for each performance, the production will raise about $52,000 for Davis schools.
Some local school PTAs have already "caught the vision" of the project, sending fliers to homes encouraging support, she said.
The production was the idea of foundation member Ed Hanson, who died a few weeks before the gala. Johnson said she hopes to see the foundation sponsor one large "special event" every year.
She said one of the main goals of this year's production was to make the 3-year-old foundation more visible to the community.
District Superintendent Rich Kendell said he strongly supports the idea because he believes schools have to be more creative in working with the private sector.
Johnson said the foundation has taken that as a major direction.
"What the foundation is all about - besides raising money - is encouraging partnerships between people in the community and the schools.
"In this production, we had pros working right alongside our students . . . It was a great experience for the kids. I mean, how often does an 11th-grader get to perform on the Capitol Theatre stage?"