#GivingTuesday: The Show Must Go On

This Giving Tuesday the Show Must Go On!

Due to campus construction, OLP's beloved theater program has been displaced.

But the show must go on!

Our OLP Event Center will serve as a temporary home for our next production of the 2019-2020 school year, Annie. The need to bring in lighting, sound equipment, and stage systems come at a price. In order to help us reach our fundraising goal of $20,000 in one day, Annie & Joe Strazzeri have committed to match every gift dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

Funds raised on Giving Tuesday will support our Theater program and ensure that our Spring musical, Annie, is a huge success.

Thank you for your investment in OLP students!

To donate on your phone, text OLPGivingTues to 76278 (SMART)

Thank you!

Annie and Joe Strazzeri have committed to matching all gifts made toward our Giving Tuesday: The Show Must Go On campaign dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000!

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We asked our girls...

what does the theatre program at OLP and being part of an all-female production of Shakespeare's Hamlet mean to you?

"It means girls are capable of being everything: being feminine, being masculine, being androgynous, and everything in between."

-Kate Linggi '21

"There is a great sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with the fact that we are putting on a fully female Hamlet production. It is almost impossible for me to imagine a time when women could not act, something that brings me so much joy and that I know connects the young women at OLP who also love to perform. It may seem like a small feat in the grand scheme of things, but to be a part of an all-female cast feels incredibly empowering. It is almost ironic in a way to think about how our all-female cast has replaced the all-male productions of the past, and to be playing Hamlet himself allows me to feel as though somehow I am making a small dent in history."

-Madeleine Shallan '20

"To me, being in an all-female production of Hamlet means that we are challenging history and the belief that women cannot do everything a man can do. Having a purely female cast shows that women are capable of pursing any form of art while excelling and thriving."

-Catherine Nickoli '23

"It means that all of the work that female in theater did in the past to achieve equality and respect from their male peers is paying off. From Margaret Hughes and Aphra Behn (one of the first professional female English actors and one of the first English woman making a living by writing) to Juanita Hall and Rita Moreno (first black woman to win a Tony and Latina to win a Tony), these woman faced discrimination and were underestimated. They would be proud to see how we took a historically male-dominated field and made it wonderful with only women (plus our superb Mr. Tracy)"

-Maria Ortega-Flores '20

"To be part of an all-female cast means to part of something bigger than myself. More than ever, the sense of sisterhood and pride has surged throughout campus as rehearsals have intensified as the show nears. The stress has shot through the roof with midterms approaching and being in the midst of the semester. However, the hardships we burden are lightened once practice begins. Our ability to express ourselves through acting, playing instruments and sword fighting allows us to release the daily stress we endure in an environment where failing and succeeding is promoted. Rehearsal has become a haven for me and many other girls as it has become a home where our interests challenge us to develop a deeper level of understanding of the mechanicals and influence it plays in our lives. To be surrounded by pure talent and the yearn to learn is inspiring, therefore transforming the show from a play into a masterpiece. Without the support of my sisters, this show would not be what it has become, a work of leadership, love, and passion. To say that I am lucky to part of this production is an understatement. I am beyond blessed to take part in the fall production, Hamlet, and cannot wait to put on a play that includes various showstopping moments and societal parallels - all of which we hope inspires you."

-Karel Gonzalez '21