Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Character Counts! Program of the United Way of 

Martin County honors the Character Counts! Student of the Week, 

chosen each week of the school year by teachers and counselors 

using the Six Pillars of Character as basis for the selection. 

The student is awarded four complimentary tickets to a family-

friendly show at The Lyric Theatre.
This is the second year The Lyric Theatre has supported the 

program. This year, the law firm of Kramer, Sopko and 

Levenstein, P.A. has joined with The Lyric as the award 

program’s co-sponsor. John Loesser, Executive Director of The 

Lyric Theatre said, “Jim Sopko is a member of the Character 

Counts! Board and he is a past founding member of the Friends of 

The Lyric. This is a good fit for us and it enables us to 

continue supporting a program we believe in and to provide a 

gift that will allow the students a chance to see a theatre show 

of their choice. We love giving more people the opportunity to 

experience live theatre.”
Recent student winner Brandi Marine of Port Salerno Elementary 

attended the performance of Strega Nona: The Musical, which is 

actually the fusion of three of Tomie dePaola’s cherished 

children’s books:  “Strega Nona,” “Strega Nona Her Story” and 

“Big Anthony and the Magic Ring.”  This delightful live 

theatrical performance is wonderful family fare, and is ideal 

for children ages four to nine.