All-of-us Express Children's Theatre
Hansel and Gretel opening night

All-of-us Express presented its first show in 1989 on the stage of Hannah Middle School. So it was with a sense of nostalgia that we returned over a decade later to what is now East Lansing's Hannah Community Center.

Opening night also marked the kick-off of our "Grow With Us" membership campaign. We invited a number of guests, held a raffle and auctioned off a large gingerbread house at an after-show party. We also had a surprise for Evelyn Weymouth, the Theatre's founder and current Artistic and Executive Director.

David Andrews (WILX Channel 10 News Anchor), honorary chair of the Grow With Us campaign committee, acknowledged our show sponsors and honored guests[*]. He then asked Terry Jolink, President of the Board of Directors of the Community Theatre Association of Michigan (CTAM), to come up on the stage. Terry presented Evelyn with CTAM's Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes an individual's valuable, long-term service to their local theatre.

CTAM award
Evelyn receives CTAM Service Award

Gingerbread House   Auction
Gingerbread house auction: Going, going, gone!

Invited guests included: William Donahue, Secretary of the East Lansing School Board; Tim McCaffrey, head of the East Lansing Parks and Recreation Department; Paul Preston, producer of the commercial now airing on many local television stations; and Robin Stewart, of the State Employees Credit Union.

Photos by Lisa Lees; copyright © 2002; photos may not be used in any way without the permission of All-of-us Express Children's Theatre.

It is the mission of All-of-us Express Children's Theatre to provide young people with an opportunity to produce plays of a professional quality, and to provide the community with an opportunity to enjoy live family-oriented dramatic activities.

All-of-us Express, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing MI 48823

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