There’s no shortage of enthusiastic support for the Almond School Drama Club or its tireless leader, fourth-grade teacher Lisa Call.
The club, in its third year, has 76 third- through sixth-graders participating in the club’s latest musical, "Peter Pan." Call, who is passionate about music and drama, is directing the production.
The club, an afterschool student activity, has performed "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Snow White" under Call's direction. She also finds time to lead the school chorus.
"She is an amazing inspiration to the kids and gives so much of herself," said Pam Smith, mother of two students, Elise and Timmy, who play the starring role of Peter Pan. "I have been touched by how she really gives kids confidence and does infuse in them new skills."
Call, who has been at the Los Altos K-6 school for four years, grew up in a musical and theatrical family. She was a dance major in college and studied piano.
"When I first came here from Los Angeles, I expected Los Altos (schools) to have drama," she said. "When I discovered there was none at all, I decided it was a niche I needed to fill."
She's been doing exactly that, volunteering hundreds of hours outside her teaching time. She holds rehearsals twice a week on a regular basis. She even has her husband working on the sets.
Kim Gavenman, awarded a Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Service Award last December, serves as assistant director.
"I think (drama's) a fabulous opportunity for kids," Call said. "I've had kids, almost illiterate, singing and going up onstage. â€¦ It can change lives."
Performances are scheduled 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and June 5, 7 p.m. Saturday and June 6, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5.