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Muir Fundraiser Makes ‘Em Laugh And Garners Close To $20,000

Burbank turned out in full force Saturday evening, February 22, in support of John Muir Middle School’s auditorium fundraiser The Really Big Show. Nearly $20,000 was raised from ticket sales, auction items, concessions and donations, according to the John Muir Booster Association.

Business and community partners joined parents, students, teachers and administration of the Burbank Unified School District for a pre-concert reception, silent auction and a night of entertainment.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The evening was emceed by four past and present Principals of Muir: Bruce Osgood, Dan Hacking, John Paramo and Dr. Greg Miller, the current head of the school. The four gentleman had the packed house rolling in the aisles with their rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” complete with dance moves and feather boas.

It was a great night for everyone involved and a great start to our campaign to modernize our 60-year old auditorium,” commented Miller. “The Muir and Burbank High student performers were amazing, and our faculty band, the Muir Mortals, were incredible, particularly ‘Ode to the Aud’ which they wrote especially for the evening.”

“It was great fun to work with former principals Bruce Osgood, Dan Hacking, and John Paramo, who helped out because they love Muir.” 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Several of Burbank High School’s arts and music programs were well represented, including the VMA Sirens, Third Street Jazz Combo, “Unleashed” Dance, IMA String Quartet, Play Production and Gentleman’s Octet.

In the second act, Muir’s own Drama, Choir and Band programs worked together to present an original musical production about the beloved auditorium and its need for repair.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Arts For All Foundation has provided over $5000 to the Muir auditorium project during the past year. The Muir auditorium has been basically untouched for over sixty years, with only a few minor adjustments made. While some Measure S Bond money is available to upgrade air conditioning and related bond-measure items, the bulk of the renovation falls on the school to provide.

“It was great to see our community come out and support Muir and we are so grateful for everyone’s contribution to a very successful night,” added Miller.

The Auditorium Task Force has been working to raise $100,000 to cover costs of needed upgrades for lighting, sound, seating and more for the 674-seat space the school calls “Our Living Room.” The Really Big Show came about as a way to kick off the campaign, bring the community together and have some fun while doing so.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The night also kicked off our matching challenge grant from Warner Brothers,” Miller said.

“Thanks to their generosity, they will match dollar for dollar every donation that comes in during the next 60 days,” he explained. “The challenge is that we only get the $10,000 if the whole amount is raised, so we are still looking for donations large and small to help with this project.”

The John Muir Booster Association is collecting all donations towards the auditorium modernization. Donations to the project can be made directly on the school’s auditorium project page or by contacting Principal Miller at 818-558-5320.

The school is also conducting a tile design campaign to raise funds and more information can be found on the same web page.

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Muir Middle School Puts On “The Really Big Show”

Students of Muir and Burbank High are part of a major fundraising campaign to modernize the middle school’s Allan H. Burnside Auditorium. The spotlight will be cast on students from both schools’ performing arts classes during the campaign’s kickoff event — “The Really Big Show” on Saturday, February 22, at Muir.

The campaign goal is to raise $100,000, said Principal Greg Miller, who added that very little changes have been made to the auditorium since it was built in 1952.

really big showAt the top of the wish list is the purchase and installation of three fly systems for lighting above the stage as well as laying carpet down the aisles and tiling the orchestra pit. Other plans are to install a center speaker, purchase and mount a high-quality projector and purchase and install new tree lights along the walls facing the stage.

The stage lights are mounted to the ceiling now and only adults can change them by climbing a ladder. The new fly system will allow students to bring the lights to their level so they can change the lights or add color gels themselves — making it a learning experience, Miller said.

Funds derived from Measure S, a local bond measure that passed in March of 2013, will cover the expense of air-conditioning that will be added to the auditorium this summer, he added. But the campaign funds will go to the remaining items on the wish list.

Earlier this week, initial donations to the campaign came from two community partners. Nickelodeon, Burbank’s giant in children’s TV entertainment, donated $1,000, and Logix Federal Credit Union, one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in the San Fernando Valley, also donated $1,000.

The kickoff will be a historic show because it’s the first time both schools’ performing arts groups are producing a joint program.

“The first act of the show will be groups from Burbank High School,” Miller said. “Their Unleashed dance group, the Sirens — which is the girls choir — and other choirs will be performing and their drama group will do some improvisation.”

For the second act, Muir’s choir, band and drama groups are performing an original musical together for the first time, he said.

Past Muir Middle School Principals really big show

Past Muir Middle School Principals Daniel Hacking (2003 – 2010), Bruce Osgood (1999 – 2003), John Paramo (2010 – 2012 and current Burroughs High School Principal) and current Principal Dr. Greg Miller (2012 – present.) (Photo Courtesy Muir Middle School)

Getting the Muir students involved in the fundraising campaign is a positive experience for them, Miller said.

“Because it’s the space where the students perform, I think it gives them more ownership of the auditorium and the efforts to make the auditorium better,” he said.

And getting Burbank High School students involved gives those students a chance to help their alma mater, because about 90% of those students went to Muir, he added.

Miller hopes to see former students come back to see the show as well as parents whose children went through Muir.

Improvements to the auditorium will benefit the students attending Muir who want to follow a career in the technical side of stage production, he said.

“The auditorium will be more of a classroom where students can get hands-on experience in stage craft,” he said.

Adding to the fun, the show’s masters of ceremonies are Miller, who began at Muir in 2012, and three past Muir principals — Bruce Osgood (1999 – 2003), Daniel Hacking (2003 – 2010) and John Paramo (2010 – 2012).

And a group of faculty will perform a piece titled “Ode to the Aud” as in auditorium. The evening starts with a VIP reception, catered by Porto’s Bakery, with a silent and live auction.

Another component of the campaign is a tile design fundraiser where people can purchase tiles they create for a Tile Wall.

The $50 per entry VIP pre-show and reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and includes music from the BHS’ Third Street Jazz Combo. General admission tickets are $25 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.burbankusd.org/JMMS or call (818) 558-5320, Ext. 22863.