COAL CITY – The Grinch and 26 Whos from Whoville will make an appearance at Coal City High School this weekend when the On Broadway Dancers hold its second annual holiday show fundraiser.
This year’s performance is titled “A Whoville Holiday” and is based on excerpts from the popular Dr. Seuss book, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”
“It’s a very bright and happy show,” said Kim Scerine, director of the On Broadway Dancers. “There will be lots of singing and, of course, dancing.”
Last year, profits from the show benefited both the dance troupe and local families, but this year – in lieu of the recent tornado – the team agreed to give all proceeds to local families in need.
“We decided that we didn’t need the money as much as they need it,” dancer Mackenzie Smolik said.
Scerine said with tornado victims being at the top of most people’s list this holiday season, On Broadway felt it was important to give extra help to those needy children who may otherwise fall through the cracks.
“Thirty percent of the school district is below the poverty level,” Scerine said. “These children need help and part of being a member of On Broadway Dancers is giving back to the community.”
With a portion of the $4,000 raised at last year’s show, the troupe was able to supply 36 local kids with toys, clothes, school supplies and groceries.
Scerine said On Broadway works with local agencies that put together a list of items needed by specific families. The recipients names are omitted from the list so they remain anonymous to Scerine and her 26 dancers.
“Anonymity is very important to us,” Scerine said. “People have pride and dignity and we are respectful of that.”
Scerine and the dancers have a team shopping day where they buy everything included on the list.
“It’s fun to go shopping with everyone,” dancer Macey Spencer said. “It’s great because we get help people while having fun.”
Local businesses and community members donate money, supplies and services for the show, Scerine said.
Professional stage designer Jason Haag donated a large Christmas tree to be used for the set, and local theater performers James Reinbacher and Jim Hutchings are volunteering their time to act in the show.
Scerine said the dancers have been practicing for seven weeks for this weekend’s performances and choreographed the entire show themselves.
“It will have everything. It’s a pure variety show,” Scerine said. “It should be a lot of fun.”