Hello, my friends!
So, there’s a magic that happens when you put two particular things together. Peanut butter and jelly. Flowers and chocolate. Batman and Robin. Well, allow me to put one more perfect pair on the list. Pies and plays. I know, I know. It sounds like an odd couple, but trust me on this. There’s something magical about the two together, and the proof lies in the success of a pie palooza. Pardon me? Never heard of a pie palooza before? Ah, well, grab a fork and clear a space, because you’ll want to know about this.
A pie palooza is a fundraising event with three parts: a play, a pie contest, and a pie auction. Its magic lies in how it creates a fundraiser that’s honest-to-goodness fun. The success my school has been having for the last eight years with their annual pie palooza is strong testimony to that.
Back in the beginning, it was just this fun, crazy idea. Let’s have a school fundraiser that’s all about pie, people! I’ll write a play about pie! We’ll have a pie contest! We’ll auction off donated pies! And boy oh boy, not only was it pie-filled fun for all, but that first year the pie palooza raised $1,000! Little did we know that every year after that the delighted crowd would grow, the delicious pies would multiply, and the daring bids would ratchet up. And now? Well, the school just raised over $7,000. In one night. In a little town out in the middle of nowhere.
So, in need of some fun? In need of some funds? Just love pie? Well, you’re in luck. I’ve written three playscripts all about pie with lots of goofy characters, silly pie jokes, and fun plots. All three have been performed in front of pie-loving crowds to great applause. You can check out my entire trilogy of Pie Palooza plays at this link: https://funmiddleschoolplays.com/series/pie-palooza/ And I have some advice and suggestions for how to host your own Pie Palooza here: https://funmiddleschoolplays.com/fundraiser-play-ideas/
Pies and plays. Like Sonny and Cher. True magic!