My name is Maura. And the wonderful young woman who is in the photo, is one of my fantastic nieces, Samantha.
Sam is a high school senior. Not only would she love to go to college for theater, she DESERVES to go to college for theater. This is a kid who never had taken a dance class, until she decided to improve her footwork at 16. ON HER OWN, she got a variety of jobs to pay for her dance classes and never asked her folks for money that she knew they didn't have. ON HER OWN, she applied for scholarships at local theaters to get herself acting classes. ON HER OWN, she continues seeks out ways to improve her skills for a future in theater. At 17, she's shown more gumption, more guts, and more determination than most in her place. To say she is merely talented, hardworking, intelligent, dedicated and on the right path, doesn't say nearly enough.
Undoubtedly, she will move mountains.
Like most others, finances for college are tight. She's certain to get a scholarship somewhere (did I mention she's an "A" student?) but before that can happen, she has appear at the auditions to get accepted into the programs. To audition, she needs to go to the campus. There lies the challenge: auditions are held in Chicago, New York and Boston. Only so many are held in nearby San Francisco, and it's not feasible to audition for everything there. She needs to go east. And I'm dedicated to getting her there. I'm just not financially able to do that for her.
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD IN FEBRUARY AND I NEED TO BUY FLIGHTS A.S.A.P.!
We've got friends to stay with in those cities, but need funds to fly there, eat and get around. From my calculation, it should take about $700 for two of us, to get to and from each city. Here's hoping you can help her dreams of college and the theater come true...
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