SUMMIT, NJ - The musical talents of Summit High School performing arts alumni will take center stage when the Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee (SPARC) hosts its eighth annual 'SPARC'ling Evening 2017' -- the organization's largest fundraiser of the year -- November 4, from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m., at Historic Twin Maples.

In addition to the performances, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, an open wine / beer bar, and dessert in a casual cabaret setting. New this year, 'SPARC'ling Evening 2017' will also present videotaped highlights from the 2016 student productions throughout the Summit public schools.

For more than two decades, SPARC has provided financial and hands-on support to nurture students’ creative talents and interests in theatre, public speaking, and dance, recognizing the link between performing arts and student achievement, lifelong learning, communication skills, confidence and teamwork.

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In 2016-17, SPARC funded more than $50,000 in grants toward performing arts expenses in the high school, middle school, and elementary schools, including theater, forensics / speech and debate teams, TEDx, and Genesis Step Team.

The Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee is privately funded, relying on the financial support of parents and the community.

'SPARC'ling Evening 2017' will also feature a silent auction, a reverse auction, and a 50/50 raffle, with 100% of the proceeds supporting performing arts in the Summit Public Schools.  

Tickets, priced at $100 each until November 4, are available by visiting biddingforgood.com.

Twin Maples is located at 214 Springfield Avenue.

Summit High School to Present "Love's Labour's Lost"

Summit High School will stage William Shakespeare’s comedy "Love’s Labour’s Lost," the story of four young men falling in love against their individual and collective wills, thus forsaking their pledge to abstain from women and commit to their studies for three years.

The King of Navarre, Don Armado, Costard and Berowne are smitten with the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting, and plot twists along with mistaken identities lead to an unexpected ending.

The play will take place in the Main Auditorium at Summit High School November 16-18, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets, priced at $13 for adults and $11 for students, are available by visiting ShowTix4U.com.

Summit High School is located at 125 Kent Place Boulevard.