From the Hollywood star-studded red carpet, to the bar lit up with the name, "The Thirsty Thespian," Susan Claridge, founder of Thespian Journey (non-profit organization to support the arts) and organizer of the event, spared no attention to detail in this first fundraising showcase for the Legacy High School drama department, which showcased the talent of a former Broadway actress, Mary Jenifer Mitchell, as well as that of its current drama students. The event was well-received by over 200 attendees who were happy to get their pictures taken on the red carpet, meet Mike Nelson and talk with Broomfield Mayor, Randy Ahrens, who joined in the showcase with Anthony Graves, Director of Relations from Mayor Hancock’s office. A silent auction with a wide-range of gifts was run by Tracy Kane and included an audience participation game of heads- or- tails. Shelly Maki catered the event and Cherie Coates welcomed guests and assisted with promotions. Despite several technical issues during the showcase, audience members seemed pleased with the evening’s entertainment which consisted of 22 performances, including an ensemble number by Broomfield’s Backstory Youth Theatre, run by Mary Wilkie. The showcase script, written by Claridge, was filled with comedic weather related scenes involving Mike Nelson and students, Carter Wilson (senior), who wanted to prove that he knew more about meteorology than Nelson and Aunya Mallick (sophomore) who wanted Nelson to make the weather perfect for an upcoming date. The showcase offered a variety of artistic flavor from a chant-like movement piece to a two-woman version of the 1956 “Boogie Woogie Bugel Boy” to the Disney famed, “Poor Unfortunate Soul” from Little Mermaid to a rendition of Hamlet’s “To Be or Not to Be.” There was something for everyone but crowd performance favorites were Rachel Kane (senior) dancing to a song entitled, “Angels,” Jacob Maki (senior) in a tap number of the iconic, “Singing in the Rain” and Maya Claridge (junior) singing, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” from Grease and the comedic “Joey is a Punk Rocker” from The Black Suites. After an ensemble dance to “New York, New York” Nelson wrapped up the fundraising by telling the audience that the worse thing they could do is not support the arts and the students in the Legacy drama department, which spends a minimum of $25K on productions each year according to Legacy drama director, Karen Stacks, who is getting ready to cast their Spring musical, the Wizard of Oz, showing March 7-10, 2018 at the Legacy High School auditorium.
For more information on how to support the Legacy drama department, contract Thespian Journey at LHSperformances@gmail.com or visit www.ThespianJourney.com
Photos permission of Pixil Studios and Thespian Journey