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Hope to save musical with a little help from friends

By: Lauren Gibbs, Associate Editor
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Last Thursday, I was taken back in time – to the ‘60s. A time when hair was long, tie-dye was the norm and The Beatles took over the airwaves. In an attempt to revive funds for Rocklin High’s winter musical, students, staff and alumni put on a fundraising Beatles tribute show. Approximately 20 singers backed by a 16-person orchestra sung songs like “Yesterday,” “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and more. The lineup included almost 30 songs from the Fab Four. Some of the highlights included “Strawberry Fields Forever” by Allison Johansen accompanied by John Hughes on acoustic guitar, Joe Lopez’s rendition of “Come Together” and Jeremy Crooks serenading Vocal Director Meredith Hawkins with “Something.” Not only was the night entertaining, but it had a purpose and the message was clear – they needed help to keep their winter musical alive. With three showings of “Save the Musical,” the hope was to save the school’s winter show. Local businesses also pitched in to help out. Tops Yogurt donated 20 percent of the purchases toward the musical for people who showed the flier. And 20 percent of orders at Cool River Pizza in Rocklin placed Aug. 8-14 were donated to the musical with the mention of the coupon. Rocklin Unified School District faces an $8 million deficit which resulted in a 20-percent reduction in extra- and co-curricular activities. One way staff hopes to make up for the loss is through Athletic Voluntary Contributions where parents of athletes will pay for their students to play sports. What board members were also concerned about were the visual and performing arts – how to keep them running with such large cuts. At Rocklin High, they decided to take matters into their own hands with the Beatles fundraising effort. It was great to see something positive stem from such a tough financial time. People happily opened their pocketbooks to support the theater program at Rocklin High. Beefing up the paper Here at The Placer Herald, we also want to help the community by spreading the word on fundraisers, introducing the community to new businesses and giving readers a glimpse into the life of a local leader. That’s why we’ll be doing regular features on businesses, nonprofits, restaurants and recipes, and more. In today’s paper, on page A6, you’ll find our education page, which we’ll have regularly the second week of the month, as well as Health & Fitness, which you’ll find on page A7. This week, we feature Jim Trimble, Rocklin Elementary principal, who will also be principal of Rocklin’s newest elementary school, Sierra Ranch. Not only has Trimble been in the education field for 35 years, he’s also a family man. We also spoke with Dr. Kuo Ooi, who is a sports medicine specialist at Family Practice and Sports Medicine in Rocklin. One aspect of his practice is platelet rich plasma, which can assist in an accelerated healing response for sports injuries. Coming next week will be a feature focusing on a local nonprofit. Also coming up will be a story on many of the Rocklin hot spots where you can take advantage of happy hour deals. Are you a Rocklin resident who loves to cook and come up with your own recipes? Or do you know someone who has a gorgeous garden? We want to know about people in the community who stand out – people who you think others would really enjoy reading about. Feel free to let me know your ideas. You can reach me at (916) 774-7981 or via e-mail at laureng@goldcountrymedia.com or stop in at The Placer Herald office, located at 5055 Pacific St.