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Oakmont hosts free performance of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Drama program offers free show as thank you for donations following burglary
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Supporters stepped up to help the Oakmont High School theater program during a time of need, and now drama students want to say thank you.

The school will host a free performance of "Little Shop of Horrors" at 2 p.m. Saturday in the theater on campus at 1710 Cirby Way in Roseville.

This act of generosity comes in response to the $11,500 donated to the school following a burglary of $3,000 from a previous production of "The Language Archive." That money was intended to fund the current play, and Oakmont would have had to cancel that production had they not received donations.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support of the community in light of the recent (burglary)," said senior Ryan Murphy. "The community as a whole has come together to show us support that has renewed our faith in the love of performing arts in the area."

On March 31, a 17-year-old male went to the Roseville Police Department along with his parent to talk to an officer about the burglary, said department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. After speaking with the pair, the officer arrested the juvenile on suspicion of burglary.

About $500 was recovered and given back to the school, Gunther said.

Tickets for "Little Shop of Horrors" are also available for $8 for shows at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Tickets can be reserved at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com.