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The Lehigh Senior High School Center for the Arts throws the first of many fundraisers

January 24, 2018
By ERIC DEVAUX ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Senior High School Center for the Arts threw the first of what will be many fundraisers last Friday night with a performance.

To raise $5,000 for the State Thespian Festival, the high school performed the musical 'Ain't Misbehavin" by Fats Waller in front of an audience at the Fort Myers' Alliance of the Arts.

The senior students featured in the show were Eunice Jean-Louis, Jana Glover, Makayla Davis, Ty'Anthony Scott and William Glover and the two crew leaders were Allison Lewis and Antonio Baez.

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The Lehigh Senior High School Center for the Arts threw the first of many fundraisers last Friday night with a performance of ‘Ain't Misbehavin' by Fats Waller.


The show was chosen because of the students performing and how familiar everyone on the team was with the show.

"I chose the show based on the actors that I had,"director Janelle Laux said. "I've always loved the show. When I got this group as freshman, I knew by the time they were seniors, I'd love to do it with them."

The fundraisers were her idea, so she can bring her performance around Lee County.

"Not that many people come out to Lehigh to see our shows,"Laux said. "Alliance of the Arts was such a great start for us that they were willing to help us out."

She thought her students were perfect in the show.

"I think they are doing amazing," Laux said. "I think they're playing off the audience really well."

The actors and actresses were not only playing their parts but also interacting with the audience.

"That's kind of the purpose of the show," Laux said.

Another purpose of the show was to highlight the decade the show was supposed to be set in.

That was the job for stage manager Allison Lewis.

"I had to know the setting, the time period, the show," Lewis said. "Lighting's a little more in depth. I kind of have visions of what may look good and then sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."

To do the set for this show she had to research.

"I designed it with one of the actors," Lewis said. "We sat down one day and we thought what would a bar look like in the 20s ."

"We have a picture of Fats Waller because the whole show is around him," Lewis said. "It's his music, it's his composition and we have sheet music from him."

There will be more fundraisers for the high school in the near future but nothing has been scheduled at this time.



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