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The Children’s School to Honor Teacher’s Memory with Benefit Production at La Jolla Playhouse

Maria D'Orio with two students. Photo Courtesy: The Children's School
Maria D'Orio with two students. Photo Courtesy: The Children's School

The Children’s School is proud to announce an original dramatic production entitled Maria’s Dream, to be presented on Saturday, July 26 at 6 p.m., at the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse. Maria’s Dream will honor the memory of late Kindergarten teacher Maria D’Orio, and will be a fundraiser to benefit The Maria D’Orio Fund at The Children’s School. The show is written, directed and produced by La Jolla-based drama and empowerment organization LifePlay Productions and will take place in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre at La Jolla Playhouse.

The Maria D’Orio Fund was established at The Children’s School in 2013 following the untimely death of longtime early childhood educator Maria Rose D’Orio, who taught at The Children’s School for twelve years. The first project funded by The Maria D’Orio Fund has been the creation of a remarkable outdoor education space for four- and five-year-old students. Proceeds from Maria’s Dream will be used to complete this playground and to seed future endeavors of the Fund, which is designed to deepen children’s educational experiences, inspire their wonder and joy of learning, and spread hope throughout the community.

Also read: Maria Rose D'Orio, Children's School Kindergarten Teacher, Dies at 42

Maria’s Dream will feature performances by twelve LifePlay students, six of whom were students of Maria D’Orio at The Children’s School. The show will also include multi-media elements and dramatic monologues delivered by D’Orio’s family members, friends, and colleagues.

Tickets for Maria’s Dream are $50/each or $250/each for VIP admission. Tickets may be purchased online at tcslj.org/mariasdream

—The Children's School

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