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By Robert Rosen
Hometown Weekly Staff
This past weekend Open Fields Community Theater performed “Musicals Rock: Growing Our Family,” an original musical revue of pop, rock and Broadway favorites.
But this wasn’t just any performance, as the cast and crew of Open Fields dedicated their performance to helping Music Director Dan Snape and his wife Sarah adopt a baby. The Snapes, who have been married for close to 10 years, have decided to adopt after pregnancy wasn’t in the cards for them. An adoption will cost them roughly $30,000.
Open Fields founder Keith Greenfield said that Dan approached him a couple of years ago and told him of the struggle that he and his wife were enduring. Greenfield wanted to do something to help, and he felt that it would be great if it became something that the community could help the Snapes with.
Calling it a “huge opportunity” for the community, Greenfield sent consistent emails to the community telling them of this opportunity to help the Snapes and their desire to adopt a child.
The goal for this weekend’s performance was to raise $10,000 for the Snapes. That looked like it might have hit a snag when on Saturday night the performance had to be cancelled for safety reasons because of the weather. But the school department allowed Open Fields to make up the show on Monday night, something they were grateful for.
Over 70 kids performed in the show, and they all had at least two solos. The kids range from young children all the way up to seniors in high school.
At least four different parents have each written a check for a $1,000 to help the Snapes, and it looks like they are well on their way of reaching the $10,000 goal and ultimately the $30,000 total needed.
“This will give an opportunity to a child for a better life,” Greenfield said.
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