No Acting Here: Cast Works for Food Shelf

Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 6:07 am

This Halloween, cast members of Pine City High School’s “Little Shop of Horrors” will trick-or-treat like they did when they were little. However, these teens won’t be in costume and won’t be asking for candy. Instead, cast members will be going door-to-door asking for donations to the Pine Area Food Shelf.

This is the fifth year the cast and crew have canvassed Pine City. Last year the students collected nearly 400 pounds of food.  “It’s important for the students to understand that there are many families who rely on the food shelf, and with today’s tough economic conditions, the need is greater than ever,” says director Brad Mariska. “It’s also good for the community to see that our students are enjoying opportunities to be involved in the community and serve others.”

The event is a fun night out for the students, who also remind community members of their upcoming performances. According to junior Trevor Clune, the event is very rewarding. “It’s fun to meet people and to see how generous they are. I think it’s especially meaningful this year, because ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is set in a very poor, urban environment.  The cast has talked a lot about poverty and how it affects every aspect of people’s lives.”

Performances of the fall musical are Nov. 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21 in the Pine City Elementary Auditorium. Tickets are now on sale at Nelson’s Market-Pine City, Cabin Coffees, Sauser’s Hardware, and The Flower Box.

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