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Foothill Commission fundraiser supports Theatre Arts program


David Alley/Special to the Town Crier
Foothill Commissioners Steve Acers and Carla Stevenson get up close and personal with “Audrey II” from “Little Shop of Horrors,” recently staged by Foothill Theatre Arts.

A bloodthirsty plant and the cast of the Foothill College production of “Little Shop of Horrors” performed in Lohman Theatre March 7, raising $16,500 for the Foothill Commission. Proceeds will benefit the award-winning Foothill Music Theatre.

Foothill Theatre Arts Department instructors Milissa Carey and Tom Gough said they were thrilled with the sold-out performance as well as the commission’s continued support of the department’s programs.

“The support of the commission through the years has been vital to the preservation of our Theatre Arts program,” said Carey, who directed “Little Shop of Horrors.” “We give them our gratitude for their commitment.”

Carla Stevenson and Steve Acers served as co-chairmen, and commission members invited guests to the one-night-only fundraising event.

Sponsorship gifts contributed to the success of the event, including those donated by Diane Doolittle, Jan and Bob Fenwick, Gilbane Building Co., Mady and Mel Kahn, Maas Companies Inc., Penelope Midlock, Ann Rando, Barbara and Bruce Swenson, Foothill-De Anza Community College District (FHDA) Trustee Joan Barram, FHDA Chancellor Linda M. Thor and Foothill College President Judy C. Miner.

The all-volunteer Foothill Commission, a group of more than 25 friends of Foothill College, promotes the college within the community and engages in projects, activities and fundraising that support educational excellence. Local community members are invited to join the commission, which operates under the auspices of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

Throughout the year, Foothill stages dramas and musicals for the community. Upcoming Foothill Theatre Arts productions include:

• “The Assemblywomen,” written by Aristophanes and directed by Gough, May 23 through June 8 in Lohman Theatre.

• “South Pacific,” with music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein and direction by Carey, July 24 through Aug. 10 in Smithwick Theatre.

For tickets, visit foothill.edu/theatre/season.php.

For more information on the Foothill Commission, visit foundation.fhda.edu/who.

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