NEW ALBANY – The theater department at New Albany High School is receiving support from the community as it prepares for its next season of performing.
Local advisor and writer Justin Campbell presented a check for $ 150 to New Albany Theater arts director Amy Miller on Friday in support of the program. The money comes from a recent fundraising effort and her own matching donation.
Campbell worked for six years as a counselor at the NAHS until 2019, but now works in his own mental health practice called MIGHT LLC in New Albany.
He has published two books, including a motivational book titled “The New Complete You: Life Between the Lines” about his faith and college football career and a second book titled “The New Complete You: The Program: Transformation That Leads to a More Productive “. Life ”focused on mental health.
Campbell raised money for the theater department through a book signing at the New Albany Sugar Shoppe, a candy store in downtown New Albany. He donated 20% of his book sales to this fundraiser.
“I knew Amy had only struggled with COVID and anything that was trying to get funds to donate and things like that,” he said. “I love it to death and the program here is awesome. If you’ve been to any of the plays before, it does a great job.
Some students from the drama department also came to the candy store to help with fundraising, Campbell said.
Miller said she appreciates the support of community members like Campbell “who believe in the opportunities we provide for children, whether it’s theater or other extracurricular activities.”
Ministry funding comes from ticket sales and community sponsors, and they are in a “rebuilding process” this fall.
“Every sponsorship and donation we get allows us to do some super special things for our kids, be it production, training, workshops – every little bit counts for us,” she said.
Miller said the theater department suffered a financial blow by not being able to have a full season of shows last year, and she looks forward to presenting great musicals such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Music Man “this year.
This fall, the school was selected by Disney Theatricals and Music Theater International to pilot a new version of “Beauty and the Beast” in November. Miller said she hoped the theater students would make it to the International Theater Festival at Indiana University, and that the donation could go toward that trip.
Her goal is to support as many children as possible, Miller said.
“We’re a big, open and inclusive environment here in New Albany in all of our activities, and the little sponsorships, the activities, the support for the shows, it all makes a difference for any child – whether he wants to be. on stage or behind the scenes – involved in our department, ”she said.
Campbell said, “We all have donations, and it’s great to be able to use that donation to give back to the community. “