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Volume 15, Issue 12
December 2017


Sunset High School Performing Arts Campaign Seeks Community and Alumni Donations for Auditorium Restoration

Sunset theatre

Sunset's fall production was “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead." Pictured L-R: Nathan Smith, Cassidy Redding, Gabi Garcia, and Joseph Shingledecker.

Local Sunset High School (SHS) alumni, parents and community members are making strong progress on the “Play a Role” campaign to refurbish the Sunset High School Auditorium. The campaign goal is to make non-structural improvements that are not budgeted by the Beaverton School District but are strongly needed and will significantly improve the quality of the over 50 student performances and presentations that take place in the auditorium each year.

Over the summer the Friends of Sunset Theater (FOST) committee connected with the Sunset High School Parent Teacher Organization, alumni, parents and local businesses to raise over $37,000. The FOST committee has also submitted a grant to a local family foundation and hope to have good news soon. New sound equipment can be purchased for the auditorium once the committee reaches the first $50,000 benchmark.

“Participating in the performing arts helps our students build confidence, learn how to work as a team, and apply these skills in the classroom and in life” said Lynda Gordon, a parent involved in the Friends of Sunset Theater.

Sunset High School has a high-quality performing arts program and top-rate music, choir, and drama teachers. Sunset High School’s Jazz Ensemble won the competition for the best high school student Jazz troupe in the State of Oregon last spring. Sunset has an award-winning theater program that is growing. The Thespian troupe, Sunset 5604, has received increasing honors over the years at the Oregon State Thespian Festival for their productions and individual student performances. Sunset’s Choir has been chosen as the sole choir to perform at the State of Oregon Music Education conference in Eugene this winter. Sunset was also the featured choir and performed on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City with other outstanding national high school choirs last April.

“We hope you will consider joining us in this exciting capital campaign for Sunset High School Performing Arts” said Campaign Coordinator Kathy Campbell. Donors will be recognized with a permanent campaign donor display outside the auditorium, and all gifts are tax-deductible. The link to donate is:

More than 10,000 members of the community, students, parents, teachers and friends attend Sunset’s band, choir, and theater productions throughout the year. Please choose Sunset High School Performing Arts if you are considering a holiday or a year-end charitable gift!

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