Students raise money for theater department through Candyland carnival event


Photo by Vicent Hseuh

Seniors Anna Bellingham, (left), Becca McHenry (center) and junior Jenna Rosebrough (right) attend the carnival.

With the laughter of children filling the cheerful atmosphere, actors in fairy tale costumes and students swiftly move around to prepare for the play and interact with visitors.

English and technical theater teacher Cassandra Gaona put together a carnival called Candyland for both visitors and families in the community. The spring play, “Fairly Scattered Tales,” brings together various elements of different stories into an amusing, interactive show.

With the large number of visitors, student volunteers and actors helped run the activities involving water balloons and crafts for children.

“I’ve been helping out with the kids and encouraging them to be excited for the play so that it’ll be a more magical experience for them,” sophomore Kaliya Lyon said. “It’s to get the kids to really enjoy themselves and feel as if they’re in this fairytale world.”

Not only were the children able to interact and play with the actors, but they were also able to purchase funnel cakes and grilled food from specially-invited food trucks.

“I had a pretty good time, and I am actually glad that the school has taken the initiative to bring out a lot more resources for you guys,” California Grill Truck employee Sean Tan said. “It was great that they had trucks like us out here, since we donate a portion of profits to the school, which is great for the entire community.”

With the success of the play and masses of families brought together at the carnival, it was no surprise that the profits were immense.

“I was a little overwhelmed by how many people were here,” Gaona said. “It will prepare us next year for a bigger production, which is exciting.”

Parents such as Susan Berkel were delighted to see the carnival’s positive impact on both the school and children in the community.

“The carnival and the play tonight were a fantastic example of all that Woodbridge does for its students and the community,” Berkel said.

“I think that it was very clear that it was successful since we had a lot of the community here,” Gaona said. “We learned through our experiences in the past to make this event go well.”