When it was finally able to raise the curtain, the 30 or so members of the Orange High School Drama Club were uncertain if its efforts to raise money benefitting Haiti would be successful.
Four years ago, the drama club began a tradition of presenting a winter charity play, including collecting canned goods for a food bank and donating ticket proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Last year, the drama club chose the Farmer Foodshare donation station at the Eno River Farmers Market. Two of the drama club members had been volunteering there since they were in elementary school.
This year, the drama club members decided to donate the 2020 proceeds to an organization called Hope United Haiti, after one of the students had visited the disaster-stricken nation. Several students at both OHS and Cedar Ridge are involved in the organization.
But an unexpected snow cancelled the original run of “We’re All Guilty,” a teen courtroom drama. The students looked for a way to reschedule the show, and found the only day that was available was Feb 29. Schedule conflicts and several cast members being sick further challenged the drama club, and it wasn’t able to rehearse until the day before the show.
But the show must go on, and after two performances, the drama club incredibly raised more than $900 to donate to Hope United Haiti.
The following week, the OHS Drama Club and its President, Callie Williamson, presented a check to Aaron Williams, who is on the Hope United Haiti board.
Williams will be returning to Haiti with his daughter, Avery, and a classmate, Kaylee Faison, over Spring Break in late March and early April.
He said Hope United Haiti is a nonprofit that builds schools and provides food and education for a community of people displaced in the 2010 earthquake.
The OHS Drama Club production is entirely student-run. Student directors chose the play, hold auditions, set the cast and crew, and run rehearsals after school. The club adviser is Blake Wilson, the school’s theatre arts teacher.
For more information about Hope United Haiti, go to: www.hopeunitedhaiti.org.