October 28, 2008

Super Star Theater and Accompanying Website Set the Stage for Kids’ Charity Giving at the Holidays

Pint-sized fundraising just gained a powerful new tool as kids do their part to change the world: the Deluxe "Super Star Theater" and www.SuperStarTheater.org. Developed by Lisa LeLeu Studios to coincide with the holiday giving season, the child-sized indoor/outdoor theater allows kids and parents to safely and easily post video performances on the related website. Automatically distributed to an email list specified by the actors and/or parents, the videos raise money for a good cause chosen by the kids themselves.

"Using the Super Star Theater as a stage, children sing a song, do a dance, show off a pet, tell a joke, act out a skit -- anything sweet, silly or serious," says Lisa LeLeu, founder of the Pennsylvania-based toy manufacturer. "They then choose a charity, post the video and our website emails the link and fundraising requests to anyone they choose. This method is perfect for charitable gifts during the holidays." Those who have participated raised money for Feed the Children, Unicef, Make A Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters and World Vision as well as schools, local charities and families in need.

Likely launched by Alex's Lemonade Stand, youth fundraising efforts have taken off and experts say that's a great thing for everybody involved. According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, youth fundraising can transform young people, enabling them to lead, make decisions, partner with adults and think critically. Further, their efforts produce positive, tangible results that increase self-esteem while helping others. The theatrical process itself also is a boon for young minds. Research shows that reading skills and literacy learning increase as kids practice roles. Acting also brushes up oral fluency, presentation skills, concentration and cooperation abilities.

When the show must go on for charity or just for fun, the 60-inch-tall Deluxe "Super Star Theater" easily accommodates an eager cast of three or more pint-sized performers. Actors draw a front curtain aside when the show begins, showcasing a fanciful backdrop scene that conceals actors awaiting cues backstage. Three other venues on the theater's back and outside panels complete authentic show experiences: a dressing room, ticket booth and refreshment stand. Super Star Theater converts to a puppet theater with a Velcro panel and three included puppets.

Not available in comparable products, fun scripts jumpstart stage shows in minutes or spark inspiration for young playwrights. Embellish productions with 20 accompanying accessories. Assembling in minutes, Super Star Theater easily rolls up for storage in the sturdy 24 by 13 by 5-inch box festooned with authentic trunk details. The Deluxe Super Star Theater is available through http://www.LisaLeLeuStudios.com.

To learn more about the product, please visit http://www.SuperStarTheater.org.

To obtain electronic photos of the product, please visit www.LisaLeLeuStudios.com/download.

Lisa LeLeu founded Lisa LeLeu Studios in 2003 to help children express themselves in creative and imaginative new ways with toys. Children and retailers around the world know Lisa LeLeu Studios for its award-winning Puppet Show Play Sets. To learn more about Lisa LeLeu Studios please visit www.LisaLeLeuStudios.com or call 215-345-1233.

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