Theater on a Mission wins big money at One Spark

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Theater on a Mission won the First Coast News One Spark video competition on Facebook with a one-take effort.

They were performing The Cup Song, with their own lyrics mixed in.

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And they didn't stop with the video. They say they probably sang the song 1,000 times for patrons at the five-day long One Spark festival downtown.

"Yeah, when the actual song comes on the radio now I pretty much have to turn it," said group founder Chelsey Cain.

And although they all may be tired of that song now, it certainly seemed to work.

It helped get them a little extra exposure, and maybe a few more eyeballs on their work ... but it was most certainly their work that got them all their deserved votes.

"We told anyone who would listen what we were doing, how we were doing it and if we didn't think they'd vote for us, we'd sing to them," said Cain, a UNF freshman who founded the group while she was a student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

The theater group's purpose is to travel to Africa and teach children there about performing arts.

They also use their performances to raise money for the children.

During their last trip, they put on a show in Kenya that raised enough money to get running water to the orphanage they visited.

This year, they're planning on getting the money raised to build a school house there.

And by winning their art category during One Spark, they got a check for $11,930.15.

"That's going to go such a long way in getting us over there and to make sure we can do all we need to do," Cain said.

"We were all so nervous and on edge," she said. "And when they announced our name, it was like all our work paid off."

They leave for Kenya in July.

You can still support the group even though One Spark has ended. They have a show "T.O.M. ROCKS!" at Theater Jacksonville on Sunday, May 4.

To learn more about the event and Theater on a Mission, you can click here to visit their Facebook page.


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