The Coronado Playhouse has launched an effort to help one of San Diego County’s most established non-profit organizations, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. Founded in 1980, the local Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home to families with children being treated at area hospitals for serious, often life-threatening conditions. Nearly 20,000 guests a year receive housing, meals and other crucial care and services while dealing with health crises.
This summer, the Coronado Playhouse is producing the classic musical, CARNIVAL! It’s a timeless story about a young orphan girl named Lili who runs away to join a circus traveling the European countryside. Audiences will be thrilled by the music, magic and mystery that unfolds on stage with elaborate puppetry and an eclectic cast of characters. During the run of the production June 28 -August 4, 2013, CPH has launched a new clothing drive to benefit families staying at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House. Because many of the hospitalized children have compromised immune systems, only new clothing or financial donations to pay for clothing can be accepted. There is a particular need for socks, underwear, sweats and t-shirts. Along with children’s sizes, clothing in all adult sizes is also appreciated.
The exciting partnership between the charity and theatre company will also include Family Day at the CARNIVAL! on Saturday July 6, 12 – 2 pm. The Coronado Playhouse will be transformed into an open house of circus themed fun for all ages with face painting, a bounce house, a visit from Ronald McDonald and a musical showcase presentation of highlights from CARNIVAL!, featuring the romantic ballad, Love Makes the World Go ‘Round. Financial donations of any amount will be accepted at the family day event. As an added fundraiser throughout the run of the show, audiences attending each performance will have the opportunity to visit Schlegel’s Cirque de Paris side show tent filled with amusements and freakish wonders. A suggested donation of $3 or more to benefit the clothing drive is appreciated.
The Coronado Playhouse is a 96-seat cabaret-style theatre with a full service bar and great entertainment, situated by beautiful Glorietta Bay, on Coronado Island, in San Diego, California.