Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Make-a-Wish upon a Star Baldwin-Whitehall Teen Produces Musicals to Benefit Charity

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Make-a-Wish upon a Star Baldwin-Whitehall Teen Produces Musicals to Benefit Charity

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Baldwin High School junior Mikayla Davic still has one year remaining in her five-year effort to raise $50,000 before she graduates for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

But the 17-year-old is just about there.

That's because, despite the frigid weather last weekend, an attendance record was set at the fourth musical the teen has written, produced, directed and acted in since 2014.

More than 2,000 people turned out for the production of "Misfits," staged Jan. 4-6 at Baldwin High School - nearly double the attendance from last year.

Mikayla's four musicals have raised at least $45,000, and possibly as much as $47,000 - she'll know for sure once all of the donations are collected and counted.

And, it's all for kids she has never met.

"My first show only took me three weeks to write, but that was because I was in seventh grade and I had no homework," Mikayla said of "A Not-So-Magical Story," performed in 2014, which raised the initial $8,000.

"Murder on 34th Street" premiered the following year, upping her total to $17,000, and her show last year, "Paradise," raised $15,000, bringing the total to $32,000.

This year's fundraising was helped by the fifth-grade class at Whitehall Elementary School, which raised $1,329 by doing chores and small projects for neighbors and friends.

"We continue to be amazed by Mikayla," said Samara Silverstein, development coordinator for Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. "Her dedication to helping these wish kids is truly inspiring. She works so hard to put on these productions and asks for nothing in return. We are so lucky to be able to work with her."

This year's show, "Misfits," set in 1969, involved a cast of 71 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and included over 17 songs from the '60s. It follows Penelope, a fictional 17-year-old from Sacramento, Calif., who runs away from home and treks across the country to the Woodstock Music Festival in New York. Mikayla played the role of Violet, Penelope's mother.

Mikayla already has an idea for next year's show - her final production before graduation. …

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