American Legion supports Whitehall Yearling theatre

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 Messenger photo by Dianne Garrett

Presenting a $2,500 check to Whitehall Yearling High School theatre director Dan Nash, center, for the school’s theatre program are American Legion First Vice Commander Steve McClintock, left, and Commander Joe Blaies.

Thanks to some charitable theatre enthusiasts, the Whitehall Yearling High School theatre department will be presenting the musical, "Footloose," next month with new wireless microphones, ear pieces and an upgraded sound system for audience enjoyment.

Director Dan Nash received a substantial donation from the Whitehall American Legion, 1117 S. Hamilton Road, on March 15.  

First Vice Commander Steve McClintock shared that it was his wife Tammy’s idea. Their daughter, Erin, performed with the WYHS theatre through her four years at the school.   She was Annie in "Annie Get Your Gun" in her senior year.  So the local post took the idea and ran with it to the tune of $2,500.

Commander Joe Blaies has made a promise that they will do their best to be able to make a donation each year in the future.  The group also supports Special Olympics, Charity Newsies, Gifts for Yanks, Whitehall T-Ball, Whitehall police and fire departments, and purchases medical implements for disabled veterans such as wheelchairs and walkers.

Nash offered his gratitude for the generosity to the program and his students.  He also has received funding from local individuals, Lincoln Management, Whitehall Education Association and the James "Herk" Soteriades Foundation.  

Anyone else who would like to support the school’s theatre department can do so in person or by sending checks to Whitehall Yearling High School Theatre, 675 S. Yearling Road, Whitehall, Ohio 43213, or contacting Nash at 417-5103.  

The musical will be staged April 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students/children.  A free performance for senior citizens will be April 9 at 1 p.m.

Also, the American Legion has about 200 members, and any veteran interested can call 239-0490.  Blaies and McClintock said they may have a table of information available during the production.

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