• “Random Acts” theatre by Debate team 7 p.m. Saturday
Special to the Tribune
A major fundraiser for the Homer High School Drama, Debate and Forensics team comes as an evening of entertainment this weekend and a rare chance to see the team in action.
It’s a time when students challenge themselves in acting fetes. Jonas Noomah, for example, is doing a Duo Interpretation with Evan Boyer, titled “Excerpt’s from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” In this case, the duo interpretation involves two people who play multiple characters and cannot touch or look at each other.
Sound like a challenge?
Student Adi Davis will be doing a Dramatic Interpretation of an excerpt from World War Z by Max Brooks. The story revolves around a female former air force pilot who is stranded in enemy territory.
Coach Amy Christianson considers that DDF is a “sport” that a lot of Homer people don’t see because so much of it takes place in Anchorage.
In order to get there five or six times a year, each bus ride is $700-$1,000.
In addition to providing a chance for Homer residents to enjoy an evening of entertainment to support its DDF team, “Random Acts” raises funds for travel expenses. This is the main venue, a series of 10 acts performed by the students. Last year, $2,500 was raised. The team hopes to surpass that amount.
A silent auction is conducted during the performances, including such offerings as a round-trip ticket to Anchorage on Era Aviation, a halibut charter and many other items for purchase.
“(Transportation) costs haven’t gone down. We have gotten a bit of help from the district, which covers about the cost of one tournament, but we count on this fundraiser to help off-set the costs even more,” Christianson said. “ Last year, just being on the team and going to all the tournaments cost almost $500. This year, it should cost $150, maybe a little more but not much.”
Money is spent on busing and housing for DDF tournaments. Tickets will be available at the door for the students’ performances at $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens.
“This is the DDFs only fundraiser so its a big event for us, and we would appreciate if people could come out have a good time and help our team raise money for rides, housing, and food,” said actor Nolan Bunting.
Matthew Meyer said Random Acts last year produced enough publicity that it drew the school board’s attention to the cause. “They provided enough money so that students didn’t need to pay an additional $40 per meet. We are still trying our best to cut costs, for example at the last meet we slept on the floor of a church, however it would be optimal to make enough money so that we don’t have to give up some basic necessities,” Meyer wrote to the Homer Tribune in an e-mail.
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