TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – For the past 15 years or so, Robert Stuart Middle School’s extracurricular performing arts program has been dormant. Not so anymore. The school this year has revived the program, but still needs some financial help.

It’s starting with an adults-only Valentines Gala Dinner & Dancing that serves as a fundraiser to help the program and its future performances. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Stone House & Co., 330 4th Ave. South.

“Our music program during the day has been very strong, but not our extracurricular music program,” said drama teacher Samantha Simmons. “We are trying to restart the afterschool drama performances.”

Currently, Simmons is directing 40 students who are in rehearsals for a community performance of Beauty and the Beast that will be held April 7-9 at Canyon Ridge High School. Money raised from the Valentine’s dance will help with that and other events, she said. The school will plan other fundraisers as the drama program continues.

“I have an eventual goal for my yearly drama budget,” she said, “and I have a goal of $3,000 to spend on Beauty and the Beast, of which this Friday will play a large part, but not all.”

The school is still planning the night’s activities, but Friday’s semi-formal event will start with an Italian dinner and have photo opportunities, time for mingling, and even dance instruction. Afterward, the floor will be open to dancing.

Tickets for the dinner and dancing are $100 per couple, and may be purchased by emailing Amy McBride at or calling 733-4875.

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