Schools - February 23, 2011

M-A Fashion Show promises high energy

Submitted by Trish Gump, an M-A Fashion Show volunteer.

The 2011 Menlo-Atherton High School Fashion Show will takes place Saturday, March 5, in the performing arts center on campus. The show, which will be staged three times (at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). is a "professionally choreographed, high-energy production and the cornerstone of the fundraising efforts for the PTA," says show spokesperson Trish Gump.

Starring members of the senior class, the show has been a tradition at M-A for over 35 years.

The performing arts center's sound, acoustics and lighting technology make it an ideal venue for this lively, multi-media production, Ms. Gump says. Additional seating to accommodate a larger audience and a runway coming off the stage for the models will be added this year.

This year's theme, "Not Another High School Fashion Show," celebrates modern high-school culture with music, dance, set designs, and, of course, fashion.

Kim Selby, local fashion show choreographer and mother of a participating senior, will direct more than 200 students modeling clothes from Alys Grace, Banana Republic, Betsy Johnson, Cassis, Gap, Gitane, Helm of Sun Valley, Ladera Longboards, Leaf and Petal, Men's Wearhouse, Milana C., Nike, The North Face, Nouvelle Bridal, PacSun, Patrick James, Peacebank, Pickled, Pink and Harmony, Romi, Selix, Skateworks, Tommy Bahama and Vans.

Nona Ybarra, owner of Captivating Dance, will direct the dance numbers led by members of the M-A Dance Team.

Set design and art direction is by Jill Smith, who created the artwork for last year's "M-Ain Street" Fashion Show. Jill is co-chairing the event with Karen Armstrong and Suzanne Amato.

Noreen Caruthers and Yumi Kelly are chairing the luncheon that takes place before the first show. The lunch will be catered by Jill Elevitch, owner of ModernTaste, and will feature a parade of fashion starring children of M-A faculty.

The "mini-models" will wear fashions provided by Baby Gap and Tassels in Los Gatos. Tickets for the lunch are $75 and include premiere seating for the 1 p.m. show.

Winners from a donation drawing will be announced prior to the evening show. Winners need not be present to win.

The show is open to the public and is an opportunity for people who don't regularly visit the campus to experience M-A and its students.

Ticket prices start at $15 for youth and students.

Visit for more information and tickets.


Posted by Noren Carruthers, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

As my friends and I were commenting today, the Menlo-Atherton High School fashion is much more than a showcase for stylish garb. It is a chance to invite the community into the multi-faceted world or Menlo-Atherton High School. From the diversity and talent of the student body to the professionalism of the production crew, the show symbolizes the scope and depth of our public school. Watching the students work together was magical and touching.

Posted by John McMurtry, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm

As fun as it is to watch, what's really cool about the show is how much the kids get out of it. That is probably the only time most of them will ever feel like rock stars in such an amazing theater. The thousands of volunteer hours are well spent!

Posted by poster, a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2011 at 7:54 am

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