Mepham’s Skull & Bones Raises Money for Laughter Saves Lives

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Mepham High School's Skull and Bones Drama Club hosted its annual “A Night on Broadway” charity fundraiser revue on Oct. 13 to benefit Laughter Saves Lives Foundation. The charity was created by Mepham parent and fireman John Larocchia after losing 19 of his firehouse brothers, including his best friend, during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The Laughter Saves Lives Comedy Tour became Larocchia’s way of honoring the memories of those who selflessly gave their lives that day to protect and save others. It is his way to “never forget” while also recognizing the local fire, police, EMS and military personnel in the communities the tour group visits.
  
A small portion of the proceeds from each show goes to the foundation which endeavors to support a variety of firefighter- and police-based charities as well as select individuals and families who have are in serious need of assistance.
 
Since the start of the summer, students selected songs from popular Broadway productions, working together and in small groups to learn harmonies, create and teach choreography, and stage a full-scale production. Some of the evening's fare included "Opening Up" from “Waitress,” “Suddenly Seymour” from “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Chiquitita” from “Mamma Mia!” and “What I've Been Looking For” from “High School Musical.”  

Directed by senior co-presidents Olivia Larocchia and Michael Scalisi, the students managed to raise a total of $1,146.85 for LSL through ticket sales and donations.

“The most poignant moment of the evening came during the finale when the students offered a message of positivity and hope, singing ‘You Will Be Found’ from the 2017 Tony winner for best musical ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’” said Skull and Bones adviser Edward Grosskreuz. “The students stunned the audience when, at the close of the song, they reached down to the stage floor and picked up large posters that bore the names of recent tragic events at home and abroad. The students were inspired by the meaning behind the revue and by Mr. Larocchia's example.”