Calling all princes and princesses

Feb. 26 fundraiser supports Lamphere High Drama Club

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published February 23, 2016

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MADISON HEIGHTS — An upcoming benefit for the Lamphere High Drama Club will give attendees a chance to show off their inner royalty.

People of all ages can come dressed as their favorite prince or princess. For the young and young-at-heart, it’ll be like meeting their favorite Disney characters.  

The Royal Prince and Princess Sing-A-Long Fundraiser will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Lamphere High School, 610 W. 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights. The cost is $10 for children and $5 for adults.

The event will include photo opportunities, sweet royal treats, crafts, dancing and singing. Members of the drama club will be in costume, and the place will be decorated for a magical touch.

“I came up with the idea for the fundraiser last year,” said Cindy Isham, head chairperson of the Lamphere High Drama Club, in an email. “It seemed a perfect fit for a fundraising event that our students could participate in while raising money and involving the preschool elementary children in the surrounding community.”

Last year’s fundraiser was a success, with about 25 children and 25-30 adults attending.

“Several parents and grandparents who attended with their preschool- and elementary-age children had tears in their eyes, telling us how wonderful it was,” Isham said.

One of last year’s attendees was Sandy Malotke.

“The princess fundraiser is a wonderful event — so magical, and very sweet,” Malotke said in an email. “The entire event last year was so well-received and the children loved it. I think the parents had so much fun, too. … They sang and danced, and were so excited to have pics taken with the (princes and princesses). The show was extremely well done, and the room was decorated so great — it took my breath away.”

Fellow attendee Anne Milz attended last year’s event with her daughter and two nieces.

“(Drama Director) Judy Lewis and her team made this event so magical for our girls,” Milz said in an email. “Everything from a dessert table, to coloring, to singing their favorite songs — but the most magical part was getting their pictures taken with the characters. You felt like you were part of your very own private Disney experience.”

The fundraiser supports the Lamphere High Drama Club, which in 2015 produced such plays as “The Great Gatsby” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” The latter featured 70 elementary school kids as bright orange Oompa Loompas. More than 2,200 people attended the play.

Rick Lewis, husband of Judy Lewis, worked in set design on Broadway and helped design the sets for the play.

Last May, the Madison Heights City Council awarded the club a certificate of recognition for the plays’ success.

Becky McCann has a 6-year-old daughter, Merrell, enrolled in Lamphere Schools. Merrell was among the Oompa Loompas in “Willy Wonka.” She also attended the prince and princess fundraiser.

“It was a phenomenal event, delightfully exceeding our expectations,” McCann said in an email. “The high schoolers that Merrell had been working alongside were all beautifully dressed as popular princes and princesses. Throughout the event, they all took turns singing — not lip-synching! — show tunes for the crowd.”

The drama club features between 40 and 75 students in ninth through 12th grades. They’re currently working on “The Addams Family: The Musical,” slated for 7 p.m. April 28-30.

Benefits such as the prince and princess fundraiser help keep the club going. 

“We plan the hour-and-a-half-long night to be a memorable time,” Isham said.  

The Royal Prince and Princess Sing-A-Long Fundraiser will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Lamphere High School, 610 W. 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights. The cost is $10 for children and $5 for adults. For more information, email lewisj@lamphere.k12.mi.us.

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