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HARVARD -- The Harvard Schools Trust is pleased to announce its largest annual event, the 24th annual Spring Dinner-Theater Gala to be held Saturday, March 16. The Gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a production by the award-winning Bromfield Drama Society at the Cronin Auditorium, directly followed by dinner, dessert and a silent auction at 7:15 p.m. at the Fellowship Building, 7 Elm St.

"The Gala is our most anticipated and celebrated event of the year," said Terry Symula, co-president, Harvard Schools Trust. "An evening of theater, fine food and kinship brings the entire Harvard community together in support of education and the arts."

Tickets are $60 per person. Checks are payable to Harvard Schools Trust, P.O. Box 450, Harvard, MA 01451. Half the cost of each Gala ticket is tax-deductible. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.harvardschoolstrust.org. For information call 978-456-5085 or email galainfo@harvardschoolstrust.org.

This year's play is "The Arsonists" by the Swiss playwright Max Frisch. The play, written in the late 1940s and updated in the 50s, is classified as a dramatic comedy with absurdist undercurrents.

"Although essentially realistic in tone, the use of a comic chorus and actors directly addressing the audience lends a nice level of theatricality," explained George Kendall, Bromfield Drama Society's new director. "The 'moral' of the story stresses how we harbor danger under our noses without even realizing it, and how the complacent public can be manipulated."

The Bromfield Drama Society's performance of "The Arsonists" is its entry into the 2013 Massachusetts High School Festival in March, which includes 115 one-act plays produced by member high schools.

The Gala Committee began meeting weekly on January 7, 2013 to plan the fundraiser. Committee members include Terry Symula, Heidi Siegrist, Molly Cutler, Louise Potter, Pamela Erdos, Mimi Dorward and Heidi Creighton. Anyone interested in securing advanced tickets or donating an item to the silent auction may contact one of the committee members via email at: galainfo@harvardschoolstrust.org.

Last year's auction included items such as a fine art photography print, a watercolor by internationally-acclaimed muralist, Bruce Davidson, a delicious Harvard Sweet Boutique package, Fruitlands Museum and Russian Icons Museum passes and a yoga package.

All proceeds from the Spring Dinner-Theater Gala and silent auction will be used to fund grant requests for educational enrichment programs at Hildreth Elementary School and the Bromfield School.