Free Oakmont High musical show is salute to generous donors

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2012 - 10:26 am

After nearly canceling its spring musical following a burglary of money, Oakmont High School drama students are eager to show their appreciation for generous donations that kept the show going.

The drama department will host a free showing at 2 p.m. Saturday of its "Little Shop of Horrors" musical, which was made possible by more than $11,500 in donations.

"It's really meant for those who donated or supported us in some way, but we have no way to find that out," said drama teacher Samantha Howard. "It's a way to say thank you for all the support we received."

Approximately $3,000 was stolen March 10 from a cash box inside Howard's desk inside her locked office, which is inside a locked rehearsal room at the Roseville school.

The money was raised from a previous student-directed show to pay for the spring musical. Howard said she had planned to deposit the money into a school account.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested March 31 on suspicion of burglary after he came to the Roseville Police Department with a parent to talk about the Oakmont burglary.

Approximately $500 cash was recovered and returned to the school, said Dee Dee Gunther, a spokeswoman for the Roseville Police Department. Gunther said she could not disclose whether the teen is an Oakmont student.

After media reports about the possible cancellation of Oakmont's musical, Howard said students received more than $11,500 in donations. One person donated $3,000.

Howard said everyone who donated after the $3,000 target was met was told Oakmont had raised what was needed.

"Everyone who donated from then on did so knowing we had enough money," Howard said. "It will help us with future shows and allows us to put on the free one."

Oakmont's "Little Shop of Horrors" opened last week and has four remaining 7 p.m. shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as the free 2 p.m. show Saturday.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. shows are $9.27 when purchased online at and $10 at the door. Reservations for seats at the free show can be made at

The shows are at the Oakmont High theater, 1710 Cirby Way, Roseville.

"It's been an overwhelming unbelievable process for all the right reasons," Howard said. "The shows went really well (last week). The only sadness was the audiences were small. We've had this amazing journey and we want to share it."

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