Contribution $40 per person
Since 1962, Skyline High School has educated, trained, inspired, and nurtured young people on the brink of adulthood. Skyline alums have gone on to be leaders in business, education, arts, and sciences. They've gotten advanced degrees, been elected to office, started organizations, and helped define their communities. They've told important stories through written word, film, and performance in all mediums. They've made the news and they've reported it.
And for five decades, Skyline Performing Arts has been front and center in the culture of the school. When students come together with their peers to create something larger than themselves, it has a profound effect on their lives. In high school, involvement in performing arts keeps students in school, improves their grades, and makes them more confident and organized -- exactly the type of teenagers who are most likely to become successful adults.
Skyline Performing Arts alums are leaders in all kinds of professions. Their time onstage at Skyline has given them poise and confidence, and the ability to work with all kinds of people on all kinds of projects. They're doctors and corporate executives, symphony musicians and architects, teachers, lawyers, policemen, and members of every other profession you can imagine. Many have chosen lives as performing arts professionals -- actors, singers, dancers, musicians, media artists, producers, directors, writers, designers -- and they've accomplished some pretty exciting things. But no matter where they go, these performing arts Titans know they got their start at Skyline, and they'll always feel a fondness for their days on campus at 12250 Skyline Boulevard. Perhaps you're one of them.
Ten years ago, a thousand Skyline performing arts supporters came together, and the Rawley T. Farnsworth Theater in Skyline's Selmer Berg Auditorium was turned into a state-of-the-art performance facility. Unless you've spent a lot of time on campus in the last ten years, you can't possibly imagine the effect that transformation has had on the programs at Skyline. Having equipment that works -- not to mention the concrete demonstration of the community's respect for the programs -- has energized the teachers, students, fans, and made the programs even more vibrant than before.
Ten years is a long time in the world of technology, but thanks to a smart and thorough renovation, the "Farnsworth" is still an excellent performance laboratory that lets Skyline provide great training. But to keep it that way and prevent it from falling into disrepair again, we need to invest some money now. The sound system needs repair and enhancements, the stage curtains need attention after 10 years of hard use, some lighting instruments need replacement, and so forth. With district support gone, we also need to find a way to fund supplies like lighting gels and lamps, lumber, and paint. Program costs -- like royalties for musicals and plays, music rental, costs for guest artists and tickets for professional performances -- are also much harder to fund than they were ten years ago.
In short, if Skyline Performing Arts is to stay strong, it needs some help in these hard times.
With that in mind, a group of accomplished alumni have volunteered their time, talent, and professional skills to perform a benefit show. We plan to raise some funding for the programs and the facility, but it's also a time to celebrate the success of our alumni, and the excellent programs that served them so well!
To contribute, please visit Eventbrite and use a credit card, or download the pdf order form and send it with a check to Skyline PTSA Performing Arts Committee, c/o DK Kahn, 1890 Leimert Blvd., Oakland CA 94602.
We are asking for a $40 contribution for each ticket, but donations of any size are very welcome, and donations of $100 or more will be acknowledged in the program.
PTSA Performing Arts Committee
Skyline High School
12250 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619