South Dade High School Theatre Program

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Raised by 61 people in 65 months
It is with great pride and excitement that I inform you that the South Dade Theatre Magnet Program has been selected to represent the state of Florida in the one-act play competition at the National Thespian Festival.

The state festival is considered to be the largest festival on earth. Over seven thousand high school theatre students attended the state festival this year.  Our school presented an original play entitled Amygdala, which had received straight superior ratings and won the "Best Actor Award" at the district theatre competition in October. After receiving praise for our work and straight superior ratings from our state judges, we received news about our astonishing accomplishment. This production has now won a total of six awards, including best play in Florida. 

This is without question, one of the highest honors a high school theatre program can receive. Being chosen to represent your state at a National competition in any sport or event is a very prestigious honor. I am extremely proud of my students and I hope you are as well. At this event, we are not only competing, but students are going to be given a plethora of opportunities. Seniors will get to audition for college scholarships, juniors will audition for colleges from around the country, students will get to participate in professional theatre workshops, and students will get to see incredible main stage performances from around the country.

With the help from some of our community, friends and family, we have been able to fund our registration fee, which came out to a total of $24,217.00. Our registration included event costs, housing and meals for an entire week. The only thing we have left to fundraise for is our transportation. Due to the large cost, we are unable to fly to Nebraska. We will be taking a bus, which will be a total of $14,000. Our transportation is due to the school by June 11, 2014. Unfortunately, the time frame involved in getting these funds is ridiculously short and we are trying to do the best we can.

We need your help to realize these students' dreams. Our students are our future, and these students are truly deserving of this honor and this opportunity. What we would love is your support moving forward with our goals. We have reached out to large corporations, other celebrities and our community, but few have returned our emails and phone calls. If you could please forward this letter to anyone that you think can assist us in making these students' dreams come true. That would be incredible. We have not been given any opportunities to share our accomplishments with anyone that can truly give us the financial backing that we so desperately need. Even after our segment on our local NBC 6 news (found at: http://www.nbcmiami.com/on-air/as-seen-on/South-Dade-High-School-Theatre-Students-Win-State-Championship_Miami-256104841.html ) we still haven't received the full support from our community.

We have a GoFundMe account online where people can make quick easy donations and read about what we are trying to do. Please click on the link and see where we are at in our goals and how you can help. The website donation page can be found at http://www.gofundme.com/South-Dade-High-Theatre . I really hope that we can make sure that South Dade Theatre can be seen on the International level.  I really hope that you will join us in this success. Any support that you can give us today would be highly appreciated and will be accepted with the highest sense of gratitude.

Sincerely Yours,
Juan P. Espinosa
Drama Magnet Instructor
South Dade Senior High
28401 SW 167th Ave. 
Homestead, FL 33030
C: (786) 395-1785
JuanEspinosa@dadeschools.net
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I would like to take this time to thank all of our amazing supporters who helped us raise funds for our trip to Lincoln, Nebraska. I am overjoyed to inform you that we are currently on the bus headed to the International Thespian Festival to represent the state of Florida with our play "Amygdala". We are all greatly appreciative of your support, and we couldn't have done it without you.
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We have submitted payment for our registration. It's a total of 36 of us who are able to attend Internationals! Thank you to everyone who made it possible. All we have left is transportation. That is a total of $14,000. $3,500 of that are due on May 23rd, and the rest is due by June 11th. Please spread the word. We need your help.
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Please help!!! I'm trying to extend this as long as I possibly can. Registration was due today, but they're giving us another day. We need $1,800. Who's going to be our hero?
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My Friends & Family, I need your help between tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow is our deadline for our registration fees. We have already accepted that not every single student is going to get to go on this trip. We still need $17,300 by tomorrow. Right now I am desperately seeking $4,000. If I get that, then all of the leads of our play are assured a spot to go to competition.

If I'm being completely honest, I don't see enough of my personal friends & family on this donor list. I need you right now. You know who you are. Please help us out. I promise to return the favor when you need it most. This is $4,000 night. I'm staying up all night to keep my eye on our goal amount. Can we reach $7,405 by 12pm tomorrow? Let's go!!! Spread the word! Pick up a phone and make the call, send that text, get on all social networks and let's celebrate together when we reach our goal! I Love you all! Can you show us some love right now?!
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Sharon Kermes
63 months ago

Please inform of the date and time of the performance. Thank you.

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Kristi Lehman
63 months ago
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Sharon Kermes
63 months ago

Once more with feeling for Leah Payne's trip to National's.

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Audrey Wellham
63 months ago

Congratulations Juan and Drama Team! Kristina Carr - you will continue to be greatness and get to attend this lifetime event!!! Best of Luck to the entire team!!

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Shannan Finocchiaro
64 months ago

Best of luck BELLA

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Chris Kilroy
64 months ago

This family supports this group and sponsors Kristina Carr with this donation. The opportunity and honor for the whole of the group to participate in the performance of this awesome, inspiring, and intellectual work at such a prestigious level must be incredible. BREAK A LEG! Make us proud! The Carroys.....

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64 months ago

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64 months ago
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Carol Lee
64 months ago

Congratulations on your drama class being selected to go to Nationals. Do us all proud!!!

Sharon Kermes
63 months ago

Please inform of the date and time of the performance. Thank you.

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