In Spring of 2018, Burbank High presented its first musical in many years, mounting a full production of Little Shop of Horrors. To successfully accomplish bringing the production to life, funding support was needed, and the school turned to Burbank Arts for All Foundation for a grant to help pay for the rights to perform the show and give its students this unique opportunity otherwise unavailable to them. Additional funding was raised through ticket sales, concessions, and program ads.
Not only did the students get to experience the process and impact of producing a musical theatre production, but they also were afforded the chance to work with other performing arts disciplines. The show was a collaborative effort, bringing together the many talents of the school’s Drama, Music, and Dance departments, as well as the support of the Culinary Arts, Digital Media, and Visual Arts programs. Students involved were able to learn to work together with those outside of their usual spheres to achieve a common goal. According to BHS Theatre Teacher, Donovan Glover, “The process was rife with laughter, creativity, kindness, good manners, and artistic support.”