2014 Auction & Gala, by Chris Bass

     This post is supposed to be about the upcoming Gala & Auction, but like all things SCT, it is about so much more than that.  Because in order to tell you why I think it’s so important for you to go to this event, I have to first tell you why I think Savannah Children’s Theatre is so important.  If you want the Cliff’s Notes (do people still read those?) just skip to the bottom for the Gala information, or, you know, click the link for tickets!  If you want the whole story, keep reading.

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2014 Auction & Gala, October 25th at 6:30pm, Knights of Columbus Hall in Downtown Savannah

     Still with me?  Great!

     Five years ago, my wife told me that there was a theatre in town putting on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Knowing that my wife loved the music, I looked into it and bought tickets to a Saturday night performance at Savannah Children’s Theatre.  I was skeptical because I didn’t know a lot about the theatre and it had been a long time since I had seen a live community performance.  After their amazing performance, all of my skepticism disappeared.  See, I had always dreamed of performing on stage.  Watching that show, I heard a long forgotten voice speaking inside of me.  This cheesy voice of mine said “don’t be afraid to go after your dreams.”

     I enrolled our eight-year-old son in SCT’s after school classes, although theatre wasn’t really his thing.  I also started to listen to that inner voice once again and auditioned for the Winter Main Stage musical Cinderella.  Part of my intention in doing the show was to encourage my son to get up on stage and perform.  It didn’t work quite the way I thought it would.  But wouldn’t you know, our six-year-old daughter couldn’t wait to get up on stage!

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Molly & I in “Shrek”

The following summer, my daughter, Molly, participated in the SCT summer camp Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.  When  I watched her perform, I saw a light come on in her that I recognized in myself and I couldn’t wait until we could perform together.  At that moment, we became part of the SCT family, and when I say “family” I mean just that!  There are few places where you can feel the love and support that is felt at Savannah Children’s Theatre.  It’s an amazing place where I can watch my daughter shine and grow in ways I didn’t know were possible.  I promised myself that if I were to do another show with SCT that I would do a show with my daughter by my side.

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Molly and Abbey Kate in “Goodnight Moon”

That opportunity came when we were both cast in The Music Man, and sharing the stage with my daughter was just as amazing as I’d hoped.  Since seeing that first show at SCT, I have been part of five different productions and Molly has been in a whopping fourteen, including this weekend’s Goodnight Moon the Musical. (Shameless plug, I know. The whole show is great…but that Mouse is really something!)  With every show our family grows closer and that inner voice my daughter and I share grows louder and stronger.  We both have formed friendships and bonds that we will have forever because of this theatre.

     This year, I wanted to find a way to give back to SCT for all that they have given my family.  I decided to chair the 2014 Auction and Gala, which is SCT’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but with the help of our supportive volunteers and Board of Directors, I believe that this year’s event will be an exciting night for everyone involved.

     In just eleven days, we need everyone who loves Savannah Children’s Theatre to come out and support our Gala!  This year’s event will take place Saturday, October 25th, at the newly renovated Knights of Columbus Hall on 3 West Liberty Street,  Starting at 6:30pm, this elegant evening in Casablanca will feature music from Savannah’s own Trae Gurley, great food, entertainment, and the chance to bid on some amazing items like the ones listed below:

  • Puppy with 1 Year of Complimentary Veterinary Service
  • Oyster Roast for 100
  • Sail Boat Trips (Both Fishing and Non-Fishing Adventures)
  • Wine Tasting for 12
  • Dr. Pearl Cool Sculpt Treatment
  • Sunset Cruise for 8
  • Theatre Tickets
  • Local Restaurant & Business Gift Certificates
  • Much, Much More!

     If you can’t attend the event, please consider making a donation or becoming a member of our Annual Fund.  Your contribution to this amazing organization will not only help children to experience the joy of the performing arts, but it will help families to experience the joy of each other.  SCT is a place that excels in encouraging people to follow their dreams.  The thing is, SCT also helps to make them come true.

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Inaugural Post!

_____Congratulations! You are reading the first words of The Savannah Children’s Theatre’s new blog! Yippee! Here’s a picture to show you how excited we are to have you:

The Pirates of Penzance, Jr. _____See?! So excited.

_____We are about to enter our 10th season at SCT…I know, right?! Ten years! One decade!  One-tenth of a century! I guess that last one doesn’t sound as impressive.

_____Throughout the year, this blog will be used to promote upcoming events and to show you, our loyal patrons, a more thorough view of what goes on behind the scenes at SCT. But we’re not here to talk about any of that right now. Right now, I’d like to take you on a little tour of the photo above.

_____This photo is from our 2008 production of The Pirates of Penzance, Jr, directed by Jenn Doubleday & Megan Youngblood. Our Creative Dramatics II class will be presenting that zany Gilbert & Sullivan musical again this fall, under the amazing direction of Maggie Lee Hart and Christopher Blair. But wait! We aren’t talking about that either!

_____The students that you see in the photo above have, for the most part, graduated high school and moved on with their lives. Why is that significant? Well, because they’re all SCT alum, and they’re all doing amazingly creative things with their burgeoning adulthood. Of the students photographed above, one is currently working summer stock at The Lost Colony in North Carolina and studying musical theatre at Elon University. Other students, who are rising college freshmen, will be studying performing arts at The New School, SCAD, Valdosta State, and College of Charleston, and other prestigious universities.

_____The students in this photograph who have not yet graduated are still involved in SCT, cultivating their talents and serving their community. 5 years ago they were singing, dancing pirates, and now they are singing, dancing young adults who willingly volunteer their nights and weekends to make our town a brighter place.

_____My hope is that five years from now (10! 20! 50!), I will be able to say the same about the next generation of young performers. I hope that they will grow with us as we fulfill our mission statement to inspire, educate, and entertain.

_____And to be the very model of a modern children’s theatre. 🙂