Graue LCHS Choir and Theater Fundraiser brings in $2,377 for spring musical

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[November 01, 2017]  LINCOLN - On Tuesday afternoon Chris Graue and John Rodloff of Graue Chevrolet presented a check to LCHS Choir Director Kim Peterson-Quinn.

The donation consisting of a check and cash came to $2,377. Pending school board approval, the LCHS Choir and Theater are hoping to present the classic children’s tale, Peter Pan, as their spring play.

Graue explained that the funds were raised through the Graue Test Drive event held on Saturday. There, people were encouraged to come in and test drive one of several new cars on the Graue lot.

With the simple, no strings attached, test drive, a donation of $25 was made to the school musical. Graue said the dealership saw 73 test drives during the morning on Saturday.

In addition, the dealership was hosting a car wash to benefit the musical and also was selling Sloppy Joe sandwiches.

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Peterson-Quinn is excited to have the opportunity to bring Peter Pan to Lincoln, but it is a costly venture. She said she has talked to companies that will bring in the flying rigs and do the training for the young actors who will do the flying. That portion of the cost is going to range $7,000 to $8,000.

She said the fundraiser held by Graue is going to have a significant impact on the ability to finance the play. She explained that generally speaking, the dollars made from the previous year musical are put toward paying the cost of the next one. This year she is also looking at splitting the proceeds from the upcoming Madrigal Dinner between the choir and the musical.

In addition, the school will happily take private donations for the program. She said that anyone wishing to make a donation could do so by mailing a check to Lincoln Community High School and designating it as for the spring play.

Graue said that in addition to the donation through the dealership, he knew of at least one other person who made a significant donation directly to the school musical. He said he applauded Phil Dehner for his support of the musical, and is hopeful that others will donate as well.

On Saturday, those who came out to test drive a vehicle were given the keys and permitted to take vehicles for a spin. If they did the test drive, bought a sandwich, and went to the rear of the building to have their car washed, they received a discount coupon for 50 percent off an oil change on their vehicle.

The spring musicals are held on the LCHS Dan McLaughlin Stage, and generally play for multiple nights Look for more details about the play after the first of the year.

[Nila Smith]


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