Like Kelli Morgan.
Kelli played "Amazing Mayzie" in the production of SEUSSICAL I recently closed and is currently knocking 'em dead singing and swimming in the Pegasus Players production of the rarely seen Stephen Sondheim musical, THE FROGS.
Yes, I said "singing and swimming" because THE FROGS, based on Aristophanes original play, takes place in a swimming pool.
Take that, COLOR PURPLE!
Yesterday, Kelli sent me this email.
As most of you know, I have spent the last year teaching at the Von Humboldt School in Humboldt Park, for Chicago Opera Theatre. I have taught nearly 250 students a class in opera, general music , and theatre. This past week was our final "opera" ( I use this term loosely considering there was rapping in it...), a version of The Odyssey.
Von Humboldt is a Title 1 school, meaning 99% of the students are on total government aid, and their families are in the lowest income bracket in the Unites States. Several of my students live in a temporary shelter, and they all receive free breakfast and lunch, sometimes their only meals for the day. I not writing an email to inform you of the numerous problems with our welfare system and Chicago Public Schools, but on behalf of one student I have named Sahara.Sahara is 11 years old, and extremely talented. She played Penelope in our opera at school , and she did an amazing job. Sahara is a great student, a leader, and has real talent. Her natural stage presence and focus stood out all year in the virtual sea of students that I had.
I am teaching at the Emerald City Musical Theatre camp this summer, it is a two week long program that includes voice class, dance class, scene study and a final performance on the stage at Victory Gardens Theatre. I am desperately trying to find a way to get Sahara to this camp, because she deserves it.Her amazing teacher Mrs. Saffa, is willing to give a $150 to help out, but the total cost of the camp is $750. I am asking if anyone who thinks they could give a few bucks to get this young lady to camp to help out. As a fellow starving artist, I know I am asking a lot, but I figured if most of my friends and colleagues could give $10 bucks, I could probably make this work. I will take Sahara to and from the camp and provide her lunch if I can cover the tuition.Again, I am not trying to be Sally Struthers and bother you in any way, it was just an idea that occurred to me when I watched the dedication in Sahara eyes during the performance on Thursday. If there is one thing I have learned this year teaching, it is that I am lucky. Truly, truly lucky. I have amazing parents who still encourage and support me in everything, and they had the financial ability to help me discover my talents. I want to do the same for this little girl in return, because her family does not have the means to, it as simple as that.
Kelli is truly incredible. She has a spirit filled with love and generosity that are endless. If you would like to join me in making a donation to help Sahara attend Emerald City's musical theatre camp, email me and firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass the information on to Kelli.
Not only is Kelli beautiful, talented, generous and a true humanitarian, she also is able to work in a Sally Struthers reference in her appeal for donations!