Rotary comes to (lighting) rescue at RHS

Helping celebrate the opening night of Rogers High School’s “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,” and the $20,000 lighting improvement are, left to right, Jack Hines of the Rogers Rotary, Terry Beaudry and Roman Pierskalla of RHS, Dist. 728 Supt. Mark Bezek, and Rotarians Tim Buck, Bruce Johnson, Heather Farr, Chuck Christian, Floyd Ingersoll, Dave Christian, Cheryl Helwig and Gaylene Olson. The Rotary coordinated the improvement. (Photo courtesy Kathy Kapsner, Rogers Rotary)

Helping celebrate the opening night of Rogers High School’s “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,” and the $20,000 lighting improvement are, left to right, Jack Hines of the Rogers Rotary, Terry Beaudry and Roman Pierskalla of RHS, Dist. 728 Supt. Mark Bezek, and Rotarians Tim Buck, Bruce Johnson, Heather Farr, Chuck Christian, Floyd Ingersoll, Dave Christian, Cheryl Helwig and Gaylene Olson. The Rotary coordinated the improvement. (Photo courtesy Kathy Kapsner, Rogers Rotary)

 

 

Rogers High School student Tyler Donnay, center, as “Charlie” is surrounded by cast mates in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” The Rogers Rotary spearheaded a lighting improvement project just in time for the spring musical opening. (Photo courtesy Kathy Kapsner, Rogers Rotary)

Rogers High School student Tyler Donnay, center, as “Charlie” is surrounded by cast mates in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” The Rogers Rotary spearheaded a lighting improvement project just in time for the spring musical opening. (Photo courtesy Kathy Kapsner, Rogers Rotary)

Not only does Rogers High School not have an auditorium, it performs across the street at the middle school cafeteria.

And while the school makes the best of it and continues to churn out audience favorite plays and musicals, the cafeteria has its own deficiencies … namely poor lighting for production purposes.

Enter the Rogers Rotary Club, which recently helped celebrate RHS’s opening of the spring musical, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” by directing a $20,000 lighting improvement project, the finished product of which was on display for the “Charlie” opening

“In July I submitted a community grant for $5,000,” said Floyd Ingersoll of the Rotary, after the Rotary was approached to help. “We also had a neighborhood grant for $3,000.”

With a $2,000 contribution from the Rotary, that meant there was $10,000 total. With a match by Dist. 728, there was $20,000 to spend on the project.

A ceiling installation now eliminates the wiring on the floor during performances. A control board and dimmers run stage lights, eliminating yearly lighting rentals and making the lights available to other performance groups like choral and band.

“Fifteen Rotarians were involved, all together,” Ingersoll said.

He said the Rotary’s main fund-raiser is a yearly golf tournament. “We’re looking for silent auction items and corporate sponsors,” he said.

For more information, go to rogersrotary.org or call Tim Buck at 315-1540.

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