M-A Fashion Show: Hard Work in Action

Sarah Hoover

Sarah Hoover

M-A’s annual Fashion Show is a large feat, involving months of planning, headed by members of the PTA and carried out by parent volunteers. It serves a double purpose as both a fundraiser for the PTA and as a bonding experience for seniors. This year’s theme, IM-AGINE, captures the energy and excitement surrounding the event, and reflects the creativity and ingenuity of those involved. Planning involves both creative and logistic components, beginning about six to seven months before the show itself. Parents are charged with the tasks of set design, lighting design, sound design, and creating the theme, as well as the more logistic duties of scheduling, marketing, and determining the order and layout of the show. The parents that head the project go to multiple meetings a week and frequently update students on the progress of the event through Facebook and other social media.Last year, the event raised approximately $70,000 for the PTA, making it the largest fundraiser of the year at M-A, and involved about 200 parent volunteers.

Jill Smith, co-head of the four person committee that makes executive decisions regarding the show, is excited to be a part of such a big event for the last time. She is glad she took the “opportunity to try new things out,” but is “ready to pass the torch.”

Students, past and present, also take roles in the planning process, part of the reason Smith has continued to be involved. This year, the members of the video production class helped to create a video track for the show, and M-A alumnus Eisa Evans put together a CD of the music.

In addition, the event has long been an essential part of the senior experience at M-A, and continues to be a tradition kept alive by stories from past participants.

The recent move from the New Gym to the PAC has turned it into “more of a stage production than just a fashion show,” according to Smith. While she also admits that the move has contributed to a slight decline in popularity due to the loss of the personal aspect that the smaller facility provided, it has allowed the creative team to explore more options, especially because the necessity to hire an outside production company to set up the stage has disappeared.

This new creative freedom has also opened the door for Charleston Pierce, the choreographer and model coach hired by the PTA to work with the students. Smith praises his ability to “[get] the kids to interact with each other and [have] the confidence to make the show a success,” something that comes across in his upbeat attitude at rehearsals.

In his second year of being a consultant, Pierce says that the overall experience last year was “very rewarding,” especially because he managed to help the students “embrace their star power.”
Pierce’s assistant, Hannah Rose, agrees that it was rewarding to see “everyone shining, and having so much fun.”
While it may be the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the fashion show is ultimately about the students. For Smith, seeing their positive facebook posts after it is over and realizing how “they’re all so appreciative,”  is the best part. “All the hard work we put into it… it makes it so worthwhile.”
This year’s fashion show will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 7:00 pm in the M-A PAC. For more information, visit the PTA website here.
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9 Responses to “M-A Fashion Show: Hard Work in Action”

  1. Virsies on February 11th, 2013 7:42 pm

    The Fashion Show is always so fun to watch and extremely well done! I’m really excited to see how it turns out this year. I encourage EVERYONE to go see it. Support the Seniors y’all!

  2. amacfarlane on February 11th, 2013 10:43 pm

    While I, for a variety of reasons, will not be participating in the fashion show this year, it does appear to be a wonderful way to foster some senior class unity and have a lot of fun in the process!

  3. zpacalin on February 12th, 2013 4:09 pm

    everyone loves seeing their senior friends on stage! great coverage of the upcoming annual event!

  4. alai on February 12th, 2013 11:22 pm

    I’m excited to see how the hard work pays off! Last year’s fashion show was really great to watch.

  5. sparish on February 14th, 2013 7:37 pm

    The fashion show is really cool, and it’s nice to see a bit of what goes into it

  6. julie brody on February 14th, 2013 11:41 pm

    Hi Sarah and Bear News Team! I just want to say how impressed I am by this article and all the work you all do to make this mature and professional news source! I will miss being a parent of a student and M-A next year but hope to keep up with all that you are all doing. You are an amazing generation of people and I know that when it is your time to leave M-A, you will be well prepared for future challenges! Thank you and good luck to all of you awesome M-A kids!

    shoover Reply:

    Thank you so much! I find it amazing, and probably the other staff writers do as well, to hear that our website provides information for the M-A community. I appreciate that you took the time comment, and it’s great to know that all of our hard work is paying off. I hope you continue to use our website as a resource!
    -Sarah Hoover

    amacfarlane Reply:

    It is wonderful to receive comments like this. It helps to know that our work is appreciated by the community. And of course, great job Sarah!

  7. Ryan on March 19th, 2013 7:25 pm

    Thank you so much to all those who came out and supported our production. It truly took a lot of time and effort, but all of the seniors definitely bonded. A thank you to the parent volunteers as well; they were wonderful!