San Carlos Children’s Theater promotes upcoming show


Bella Reeves

Participants of the hunt attempt to guess the number of jelly beans in the jar in the hopes of receiving a raffle ticket.

Bella Reeves, Editor-in-Chief

The San Carlos Children’s Theater publicized their forthcoming musical, “Return to Oz,” by hosting a scavenger hunt around San Carlos on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. and lasting for two hours, participants completed various tasks to receive raffle tickets. At the end of the event, lucky raffle ticket winners received prizes, such as tins of popcorn or seat cushions.

The event was organized by the San Carlos Children’s Theater’s manager, Eve Dutton, who has been involved with the organization for 17 years.

The whole event, however, was mainly run by the San Carlos Children’s Theater’s Youth Advisory Board. The group is made up of several kids, ranging from sixth to 12th-graders who all share a love for theater. The Youth Advisory Board advises the Board of Directors on student-related issues and promotes upcoming productions and events.

Nurcan Sumbul, a member of the Youth Advisory Board, said, “We get to see a lot of families that come to San Carlos Children’s Theater events, and it’s like a fun get-together.”

For this event, members of the Youth Advisory Board saw families work together to complete tasks for the scavenger hunt.

The check-in booth for the hunt, located at Central Middle School, was flooded with people.

Dutton said, “I like to see the energy of all the people. I love how excited they are, [and I love] the anticipation of starting the race.”

One station for the hunt was at the San Carlos City Hall. The task was to count the exact amount of yellow pieces of paper, which symbolized the yellow bricks from the Yellow Brick Road in “Return to Oz.” They then reported to the station leader with their guess. If the guess was correct, they would win a raffle ticket.

Other hot spots in the scavenger hunt included two stations on Laurel Street. One station required the participants to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar. The second station asked the participants to sing “We’re Off To See The Wizard” in order to receive a raffle ticket.

At 11 a.m., all the participating groups raced back to the starting point to partake in the raffle.

Brandon Savage, a member of the Board of Directors, read aloud the winning raffle ticket numbers. He was surrounded by eager families, waiting to hear their number.

Overall, many of those who participated in the scavenger hunt enjoyed the event.

Jessica Rosenberg, a parent of two San Carlos Children’s Theater students, said, “It’s a good event for kids of all ages, and it promotes family fun.”