Peter Pan may have worn his signature green but purple was definitely the color of the day as Edna Hill performed its school play to benefit Brentwood's Relay for Life.
The annual "purple performance" is the brainchild of Bart Schneider, the Brentwood school's teacher and theater director. The two dedicated performances netted $4,200 for the Relay group raising money for cancer research.
"This was actually our most successful purple performance show we have ever performed," Schneider said.
More than 450 attended the shows, which also featured snack bar sales and a raffle. "That puts at just above $16,000 over the eight years that we have been doing this." He said the young actors love being part of this special give.
"There were some of them that participated in the matinee that didn't want it to end. They came back and asked if there were any extra parts, (so they could) fill in."
This year, some of the money was devoted to purchase a bench for the middle school as tribute to former student Lauren Lola Scott, who lost her battle with cancer last year.
"In her honor, we had a young lady sing 'Warrior' prior to the show and another young lady read a poem from Lola's celebration of life."
Each show ended with the cast distributing roses to audience members that had "either beaten or were in the middle of fighting cancer.
(It was to) remind everyone attending why we were there.
"I think the kids really understand that even though it is fun to do the show again, we were there as a force to try and do what we can to help."