Clague Playhouse announces 'Jewelry Heist' fundraiser

Clague Playhouse is preparing for its fifth annual fundraiser, “Jewelry Heist,” in support of its 2014-2015 season, opening Sept. 12 with the production “Inspector Calls” by J. B. Priestley. 

This fundraiser originated with Clague Playhouse in 2010 as an outgrowth of its production of Moliere’s “The Miser.” Describing the event as a robbery of The Miser’s treasure chest, Clague Playhouse sold donated recycled jewelry to patrons in its lobby before, at intermission and after performances.

The event caused such a sensation that the Playhouse named it the “Jewelry Heist” which is now celebrating its fifth season. One male audience member was heard voicing a complaint in the lobby of the theater: “I paid one dollar for my Coke while my wife purchased her new earrings for a quarter.”

The low prices and restored jewelry contribute to the success of this endeavor. The Christmas show each year offered the best marketplace for the sale, and during September and October Clague volunteers collect and restore the items.

This year, the Jewelry Heist kicks off with the opening of “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas” on Nov. 7 and run until the production ends Dec. 7.
Donations of jewelry are being accepted now and may be dropped off at Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, Wednesday through Saturday, 1-6 p.m.
As an aside, history tells us that adornments of the body started about 75,000 years ago with items like animal hides, teeth, bones, pebbles and berries. Anthropologists attributed this to human nature. When the basic physiological needs of humans are met, there is a higher need relative to “social needs,” including the attempt at beautification and enhancing attractive features of the body. Can humans then conclude that jewelry enhancement is part of their DNA?

Bernice Bolek

Public Relaltions professional, retired. Former theatrical actress, director at Lakewood Little Theater (now Beck Center) and Clague Playhouse. Now Volunteer.

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.03.2014