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The Clay Limelighters will have the greater sense of community at heart when they perform their spring musical “Urinetown,” March 9, 10 and 11 in the Clay High School auditorium.

The Limelighters will donate $1 of every opening night ticket sold to the Cody Van Hersett scholarship fund. They will also collect toiletry donations from patrons to benefit “Food for Thought,” a local non-profit based in Oregon.

The Clay High Limelighters have made it a tradition to use the opening night of each show run to raise money for a cause close to home, and this spring will be no different. The benefit initiative was born nearly four years ago when the students’ classmate, Kyle Cannon, suffered a tragic hockey injury. It was during a Limelighter officers’ meeting that one of the students raised the question about doing something for Kyle and his family.

The idea to donate a percentage of the opening night ticket sales was discussed and then presented to the directors, who approved the benefit idea in support of the students’ desire to demonstrate a sense of “community” and establish a legacy that they could all be proud of.

The tradition was continued ever since. The spring ’09 and ’10 shows also benefitted Kyle and his family. The benefactor of the spring ’11 show was Jackie Seger, a Clay alumnae who is battling cancer.

The upcoming show in March, in keeping with its theme, was earmarked for a “toiletries drive” to benefit a local non-profit, “Food for Thought.” After the Oregon community was rocked by the terrible accident that took the life of Clay High student Cody Van Hersett on Jan. 12, a quick decision was made by the Limelighters to donate a portion of their March 9 performance to the scholarship fund established in Cody’s name. It was also decided that the toiletries drive to benefit, “Food for Thought” would be carried out as well.

With benefit and charity serving as their backdrop, the Clay High Limelighters will present the Tony Award-winning musical satire, “Urinetown” March 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m.

Best described as a great show with a horrible title, the musical lampoons the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement and municipal politics. The clever storyline promises to have theatregoers laughing as the story is told of a water shortage that leads to greed, corruption and the outlawing of private toilets.

Although tickets to all three shows are general admission seating, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance through Karen Nyitray at Clay High School (419-693-0665). Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Patrons who attend any of the three shows are encouraged to bring toiletry items, including toilet paper (four-packs), deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and tooth brushes, and hand sanitizer, and place them beneath the “Urinetown Toilet-Tree” located outside the auditorium.

After the production, the collected items will be donated to “Food for Thought,” which operates both a stationary and mobile food pantry that serves approximately 1,500 families per month in Oregon and Toledo and serves a simple mission “to help those in need.”

In addition to the philanthropic efforts of the Limelighters, back by popular demand is the “Dinner and a Show” fundraiser hosted by the Clay Limelighter Boosters. This fundraiser will be held March 10 and will be limited to the first 100 reservations. For a single price, patrons can enjoy a pre-show dinner at the Clay High School Eagle Café and then proceed to the auditorium for the show. The meal will be prepared by the adult culinary arts program from the Adult Career and Technology Center in Oregon. Final pricing details will be announced.

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