Giving Back

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Did you know that there are an estimated 2,135 homeless children here in Brevard County?

We are saddened by this statistic and as our own community is so wonderful in helping us grow as a theatre department we want to give back to our community and help aid in hopefully diminishing this statistic. Every year our spring musical picks a community based charity that we can help by donating a percentage of ticket sales to, and this year the cast of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying is proud to support the Brevard Rescue Mission!

FullSizeRender  The Brevard Rescue Mission works to permanently break the cycle of homelessness in families by providing women with children housing, access to health care, transportation, education, nutrition, job training and life skills. The 12-24 month program is designed to lovingly transform families from dependency to self-sufficiency through daily accountability, personal responsibility and goal advancement.

Not only will we be donating a percentage of our tickets, but we will also be running a special fundraiser throughout the show weekend, to hopefully raise even more money for this very deserving charity. With their approach of providing “hands on help, versus handouts” we are excited to help them reach their goals through programs and courses that help enable life-defining opportunities for women, mothers and children. This includes everything from GED and etiquette tutoring to basic money management and educational training. We felt that what they do to help our community is the perfect fit for our show, although How to Succeed is a satire on working hard, we wanted to turn the tables and give to those who were teaching others to respectfully work hard, how to thrive in their jobs, creating healthy and happy families and prospering in their daily lives.

Thank you to all who have supported the MIHS Theatre Arts Department, we have a wonderful community and if we can give even a little back, we will! Please join us April 15-April 17 for an amazing show and the opportunity to help those in our own community!

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Rehearsals have begun!

Read Through
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The cast gathering for the 1st time.

After all the business matters of the musical are sorted out, the eager cast of Merritt Island High School’s 2016 production of   “How to Succeed in Business Without  Really Trying” sits down to their first read through of the show. You could fill the excitement in the air as the actors take to their new roles.

Although, it may have been their first time reading the script as their characters the actors molded right away to the traits and mannerisms of who they were playing. Such as many conforming to the 1950’s and 1960’s style of speaking or putting their own creative spin and flare to the character that completes it.

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Rosemary going over her lines.

What is also buzzing through the casts’ minds are the ambitions and nerves of something the theatre department has not done before on such a large scale. That is student involvement, many students are tossing their artistic hats into the ring. Whether it be through choreography, costuming, or the building of the beautiful sets the students are not only putting their sweat and hearts into the musical they are investing their minds.

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Mikaela, one of the three student choreographers!

So, we anxiously await while the musical comes together through dance rehearsals and the struggle to find the perfect costumes. This musical should be marked on your  calendar due to its satirical humor of the ways of the 50’s-60’s time period and living in a “Man on top” world where the women cater the men’s needs. As well as the fact that the Merritt Island High School Theatre Arts program will be entering into the prestigious Applause Awards put on by the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. An awards program that is like the Tony awards for the students in the surrounding counties.

Since day one the cast meshed together as a “family,” all eager to put their dedication, heart, and talent into “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”. Mark your calendars today for a truly spectacular show, April 15th -17th, tickets will be $10.00 for all.

 

April 15th at 7:00 PM

April 16th at 2 and 7:00 PM

April 17th at 2:00 PM

Merritt Island High School

100 Mustang Way

Merritt Island FL, 32953

Written by cast member Kayla Protze