Photo+2For one magical night, the history of the City of Coral Springs will come alive on stage when students from Coral Springs Charter, Coral Glades, Coral Springs, Stoneman Douglas, Taravella high schools and special surprise guests perform in “Once Upon a Dream: A Musical Celebration of Coral Springs” benefiting Coral Springs Community Chest and as part of the City of Coral Springs 50th anniversary celebration.

Tickets are now available for $10 for the performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Tickets are for sale at the Center for the Arts box office, City Hall in the Mall, Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce and Iceplex (Incredible Ice).

The musical parody will highlight the City’s history, told through creative songs and inspiring stories from the past five decades, while offering insight into how Coral Springs became what it is today.

“This will be a spectacular display of talent in our high schools from the drama, chorus, orchestra and debate departments,” said Maureen Berk, a Coral Springs Community Chest board member and 50th anniversary committee member who also is producing the event. “This is the first performance collaboration of its kind for Coral Springs, and ‘Once Upon a Dream’ will be a true celebration of the wonderful city we live and work in, and the vibrant, gifted young people that live here. There will be a few surprises on stage, too. We have a special number planned with some special guest performers.”

Among the guest performers will be the school principals, Coral Springs City Commissioners, City Manager, Deputy City Manager and City Attorney and the Fire and Police Chief. The overall production is under the direction of Caryl Fantel of Arts Alive Community Performing Arts School.

Coral Springs Community Chest will benefit from ticket sales.  Funds raised will be donated through Community Chest to non-profit organizations that have a service or program benefiting Coral Springs residents.

In addition to Berk, other Coral Springs Community Chest board members are Kevin Barrett, Cindy Brief, Jeff Campol, Brenda Clark, City Manager Erdal Donmez, Assistant City Manager Susan Grant, Connie Guice, Pat Mirabello, Cort Neimark, Maria Pierson, Alice Zendel Simon and Janice Zaitz.

Honorary Trustees are Coral Springs Mayor Vincent Boccard; Vice Mayor Tom Powers; City Commissioners Claudette Bruck, Dan Daley and Larry Vignola; Florida State Senator Jeremy Ring; Florida State House Representative Jared Moskowitz; and Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter.

Once Upon a Dream: A Musical Celebration of Coral Springs is a 50th anniversary signature event.  The 50th anniversary celebration is presented by Golden Anniversary sponsor Al Hendrickson Toyota along with Baptist Medical Plaza at Coral Springs, Advanced Cable Communications, Forum Publishing Group, Broward Health Coral Springs, Scott J. Brook, P.A. and Iceplex.

Coral Springs Community Chest was founded in 1989 on the premise that community resources should provide for community needs.  There is no paid staff so 98 percent of the money is reinvested back to community.  Coral Springs Community Chest is funded by corporate and private donations, special events and promotions.  Coral Springs Community Chest is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization.