BROOMFIELD, CO - In a time when government funding to school related artistic and theatrical programs has been cut, outside support is crucial, which is why Broomfield resident, Susan Claridge, started a non-profit organization called Thespian Journey, to support the arts in her community.
With a history of performing and directing, Claridge, who runs Global Publishing Group and has authored eleven novels and ghostwritten six, understands the funding challenges related to the arts. "It's a shame that artistic programs seem to be devalued in our current culture and getting support often feels like an uphill climb," Claridge said.
Her decision to start Thespian Journey came out of witnessing the financial struggle firsthand in the school system. "We have to change our perspective on arts programs and start looking at the arts as a team sport," said Claridge who went on to liken the director to a team coach and the cast and crew members to team players.
"We have to start acknowledging that, similar to athletic programs, the creative arts birth confidence, teach commitment, build comradery and a sense of community in the youth, giving them tools that will benefit them for a lifetime. Parents should be willing to pay the same amount for the arts programs as they are for the athletics programs and schools should be allowed to charge the necessary fees for both." It is her strong conviction that it takes a combination of academic, athletic and arts programs to provide a balanced educational environment for today's youth, and the lack of funding for many of the school related athletic and arts programs is deeply concerning. Claridge noted, "It's a problem and it needs to be fixed."
Thespian Journey's motto is, "it takes a team to build a dream" which is why they are proud to team with their local community in fundraising efforts to support the Legacy High School theatrical program; a program that Claridge says has tremendous talent and potential but lacks funding. She hopes the upcoming event will turn that around.
The Formal Red Carpet Fundraising Event, featuring a Talent Showcase & Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. It is designed to be a festive and entertaining evening, emceed by ABC Channel 7 Weatherman and local celebrity, Mike Nelson. Claridge said, "The night will be filled with mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres, drinks, fun photos on the Red Carpet, Must-See performances from a variety of local venues, Must-Have auction items and Must-Meet people from the community, including a former Broadway and West End performer." Everyone is invited to walk the Red Carpet and show your support for the arts.
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3042472 Seating is limited.
For more information or to contribute to the silent auction, contact Susan Claridge at LHSperformances@gmail.com or via phone at (913) 488-4557