Eye On Sun Valley article by Karen Bossick
March 13, 2019
A fresh-scrubbed young face emerged from a cacophony of circus-like characters as dozens of members of the Wood River Women’s Foundation leaned back in their chairs at The Spot.
“I promise not to waste life on ordinary pursuits–I am to pursue something extraordinary,” proclaimed Isaac Brannon in the role of Pippin. “I want to be dedicated to something with all of my heart and soul. Otherwise, life won’t have any meaning at all.”
Members of the WRWF were seeing their desires to have their endeavors mean something played out as 19 teen-agers with The Spot’s Young Company played out their version of the 1972 Broadway hit “Pippin.”
Six months earlier, the philanthropic organization had awarded $10,000 to The Spot for its work with youth. And now they were seeing the results as The Spot had used their money to work with students from Wood River High School, Sage School and the Sun Valley Community School on things that went beyond the stage, while making tickets free to friends and family.
“Thank you, Wood River Women’s Foundation for your support,” Director Yanna Lantz told them. “We hope to enrich life through culture. And we took 19 incredible teens and put them to work reading sheet music and learning how to choreograph. This involved much more than a show—it also provided a safe space, an environment where they could learn and practice things like public speaking.”