Funds for the spring musical rendition of Peter Pan are still being sought out. Since the late-April, early-May production, the Perry High School Drama Department has raised $15,000 dollars in funds, but still has not met the final total payment of $18,000 dollars.
“Peter Pan was a very, very expensive show and we of course had our ticket sales, our business sponsors, money from the Bock Foundation and the Booster club,” said Jenn Nelson, High School Vocal, Music Director.
A bulk of the expenses was a result of bringing the musical to life by hiring the flying company, ZFX, Inc. The company, one of two in the country who specialize in specific drama-based flying, spent around sixteen hours training actors during a February visit.
“The flying made the show so special and we knew it [cost] was a risk we’re going to take,” Nelson said.
The production took place on Mar. 31 and April 1, costing audience members $5 for an adult ticket and $4 for children.
In efforts to finalize funds as well as bring in funds for 2018 program, Nelson said students are trying a “59 minute fundraiser,” one that uses social media and texts to receive donations. The fundraiser received approval from members of the school board during the Oct. 9 meeting.
“The students will be sending out a link via those methods [social media, text messages] and people may donate or purchase,” Nelson said.
The message will link to a page where people can either make a donation or purchase from a catalogue.
“The whole idea is that it doesn’t take a lot of the students time,” Nelson said.
Nelson heard about the fundraiser before and was interested in trying a new method; items purchased would be shipped directly to the home and students would not have to be in charge of collecting checks.
The fundraiser will occur on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:29 p.m.
“We still have some bills needed to pay for Peter Pan and we would like to have a little bit of funding for next year,” Nelson said.
Alongside the fundraiser, potential city-school sponsorship’s are in the making, Nelson describes
“We’re still welcoming business or club sponsorship’s, those individual or clubs will be recognized in our music programs,” Nelson said. “It’s hard to imagine what kind of recognition they would get, so we’re going to make sure that we’re giving those businesses and organizations the publicity in the program.”
“I would like to get a banner made in the lobby of the auditorium that lists all of the sponsors.”
During the Peter Pan performance earlier this spring, costumes for a total of 65 students were hand-made, borrowed, and rented. Students from Perry Elementary, Perry Middle School, and St. Patrick’s School were all featured in the high school play.
Perry Community School District was recognized by the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards for Peter Pan earlier this year.
The school snagged four awards:“Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role” for Breanna Penenger as “Peter Pan,” “Special Recognition for Performance as a Featured Dancer” for Anna Ridnour, “Distinguished Scene” awarded to the “Indian Dance,” and “Special Recognition for Community Engagement.”
“I was just really excited for kids because they worked so hard,” Nelson said during the May interview.
Musicals typically occur at the high school every two years, with it’s more recent debut of High School Musical in 2014. Previously to the High School Musical, Perry schools had not performed a musical in nine years.
“We worked really hard to do a lot of things that would improve the quality of the show from the last two years; it felt really good to know the work had been recognized,” Nelson said.