Maranatha Couples Annual Benefit with Big Fish

Frank Danna (front), Jessica Davolio, Asa Scott, Jennifer Treptow, Bailee Gonsal, Dani CatonLuke Simon, Cameron Smith, Jacob Cronkhite, Grace Kim, Jonathan McCullah, Jessica Davolio,  Emma Moore, Holly CampbellTera Crews, Luke Simon, Lucy Colwell(visible) Alex Lee, Claire White, Somer Isaac, Grace Kim, Jillian Hurte, Sophia Hernandez, Maya Malekian, Alyssa Kim, Allison Scoon, Emma Moore, Jakob Cronkhite, Luke Simon and Scott Toomer Tera Crews (front) with MHS Dance Company l to right: Somer Isaac, Sophie Hernandez, Alyssa Kim Kimberly AjalatDance CompanyFrank Danna, and Scott ToomerBrianna Johnson, Tim Byers, Luke SimonLuke Simon and Tera CrewsJakob Cronhite (center) with crewTim Byers and Emma HauslerBrian Gradwohl, Anna Gradwohl, Lauren Balfour, Robert BalfourLes Enloe, Laurie EnloeTim Byers and Dani CatonTim Byers, Briana Johnson, William Dinkins, Dani Catonl to r: Qaisia Boone, Grace Kim, Jessica Davolio, Jonathan McCullah, Brad Campbell, Maya Malekian, Ken Chang, Briana Johnson, Tim Byers, Luke Simon, William Dinkins, Rheanna Osborne, Alex Lee, Dani Caton, Jakob Cronkhite, Sophia MuradyanTim ByersLuke Simon and Scott ToomerDani CatonAlex Li, Luke Simon, Frank Danna, Hailey McNallPat MesiscaScott Sommers, Lisa Sommers, Charles Hampton, Rachel SommersMark Scoon, Caroline DiehlGeorge Hausler, Lisa HauslerAnna Gradwohl, Brian GradwohlCharles Hampton, Elizabeth Hampton, Cora HamptonSandra Holt, Doug TrailThe Big Fish dress rehearsal 1stFrank Danna, Emma Hausler, Alison Scoon, Jillian Hurtefront: Luke Simon, Tim Byers, Tera Crews  back: Jessica Davolio, Frank Danna, Sophia Muradyan, Asa Scott

Article by LAURIE ENLOE | Photography by DIANE BARNHART and GARY LEE

4:39 pm | March 17, 2015

Smack in the middle of their Boys’ Basketball and Girls’ Soccer CIF and State playoffs, the show must go on at Maranatha High School who hosted their annual benefit on campus, themed around their spring musical, “Big Fish”.

Last Saturday at 5:00 p.m., the fun-filled evening began with a traditional southern style dinner complete with fried chicken, cajun style tilapia, mac ’n cheese, cornbread, peach cobbler, and more. The festivities also included a live band with talent from Maranatha’s very own alumnus and current faculty, Pat Mesisca ’92. Parents and guests enjoyed line dancing led by different faculty and students. The event also included the close of their week-long online auction.

Following the dinner, the Maranatha Performing Arts Department presented the heartwarming production of “Big Fish” in the Ambassador Auditorium. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film by Tim Burton, “Big Fish” is a rollicking fantasy set in the American South centered around the journey of a father and son’s relationship and the eventual triumph of family love over the struggles of life. The production had everything – dancing elephants, mermaids, gentle giants and one knockout dance number after another! Maranatha had a stellar cast and crew of over 50 students and their set and costumes were breathtaking!

It’s an exciting time to be at Maranatha, whether in performing arts, sports, or even just as a fan!

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