CAPA school continues to raise funds for annual spring musical

DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Camille Pileggi and Michael Adkins prepare for a production yesterday at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts.
DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Camille Pileggi and Michael Adkins prepare for a production yesterday at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Posted: January 31, 2014

SENIOR VOCAL student Iliana Taormina remembers her two years of performing in the High School for Creative and Performing Arts' spring musical as "just so magical."

Senior vocal student Zuri Reed describes the annual CAPA musical as "the big time of year for everyone to come together."

Last year, the 709-member student body didn't get the chance to bond because there weren't enough funds to produce a show. This week, CAPA's Home and School Association said it's $6,100 shy of attaining its short-term $20,000 goal, which would bring back the spring musical.

The musical is budgeted at $40,000, but the remaining funds would be raised through ticket and playbill-ad sales, said Terrilyn McCormick, vice president of CAPA's HSA, which wants to raise the remaining amount by tomorrow.

The district stopped funding the CAPA musical two years ago, and the responsibility shifted to the HSA. "Last year it was like my heart was broken because what's CAPA without a musical?" Reed said.

In 2012 the group secured a William Penn Foundation grant, which funded "Les Miserables" and was supposed to help the HSA develop a long-term funding plan.

The group couldn't swing it last year, but from the start of this school year, fundraising has been going full throttle, McCormick said. The CAPA Harvest Gathering was held in the fall. At another event, an a capella pop group raised money, Reed said.

The HSA sent letters to alumni and other potential donors in October and December. CAPA alumnus Questlove offered money and directed school officials to contact his manager.

An email to Questlove's publicist was not answered yesterday. Efforts to track down his manager were unsuccessful.

The drummer/DJ could be busy because he's transitioning from "The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon" to "The Tonight Show."

The pressure to reach the goal can't hang entirely on celebrities. "We are pushing for parent participation. We need everyone to donate," McCormick said.

If the goal is reached, the musical would be performed in April. A specific selection has not been announced.


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