Arts & Entertainment

Masquerade Theme, New Venue Spotlighted at SPARC’ling Evening of Song Oct. 30

The Middle School's Ron Wells and Dan King perform at the 2014 SPARC'ling Evening of Song. Credits: SPARC

SUMMIT, NJ - The 6th Annual SPARC'ling Evening of Song, the annual fundraiser held by the Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee (SPARC) benefiting the performing arts programs of all Summit Public Schools, is set to take place October 30, from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m., at -- for the first time -- The Grand Summit Hotel.

This year's theme, coinciding with Halloween weekend, is appropriately entitled "Masquerade Party," and will feature nearly 200 mask-wearing arts supporter who will be treated to timeless musical selections, delicious food, and adult beverages.

Summit High School graduates, and current staff, will dazzle the crowd with Broadway favorites, accompanied by Summit’s own David Peck and Yoav Efron. Former Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School Principal, and current District Director of Human Resources, Matthew Block, will serve as the event's Master of Ceremonies.  

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“SPARC contributes so much to the performing arts programs at all our schools,” said Block. “This is a perfect opportunity for everyone to support SPARC in its mission to provide a well-rounded arts education to our students. It is sure to be another fabulous night of entertainment and fun.”

Tickets, priced at $90, are available at, or at the door -- space permitting -- for $95. The event will also include a live and a silent auction.     

Money raised by the event allows SPARC to help bridge the gap between budgeted funding and monies needed for the Summit schools to continue staging award-winning productions such as Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street and, most recently, Sweeney Todd, and engaging hundreds of students as cast, crew, and pit members in the process.
SPARC also supports public speaking through the Speech and Debate program and TEDx; and dancers through the STEP team. Each year, SPARC recognizes student achievement with student scholarships. During the 2014-15 school year alone, SPARC funded more than $45,300 in grants throughout the entire Summit school district.

The Grand Summit is located at 570 Springfield Avenue.

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