The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.

— Lee Iacocca

In 2015/2016 Ignite SPARKs, Families, and Staff served more than 500 hours of community service in and around St. Louis and raised more than $4,000 for non-profits and charities. 

10/29 St. Pauls Trunk-or-Treat 

We had a SPOOKtacular time at our first Trunk-or-Treat with St Paul United Church of Christ! We welcomed more than 200 guests, painted dozens of happy faces, and handed out more than 2,500 sugary snacks. Guests enjoyed performances and sneak peeks from our upcoming season from our performance team and some tiny trick or treaters even jumped on stage to join us. 
We couldn't be more proud of our amazing volunteers, SPARKs and families! We love our Tower Grove Community!

10/30 BACK AT YOU- BACKPACK DELIVERY

Members from our Elite Performance Team had a wonderful and powerful day volunteering with BACK at YOU delivering more than 200 backpacks full of personal care and comfort items to their homeless guests. We loved meeting members of our community and putting the "S" (service) in SPARK.

Into the Woods Jr. Summer Book Drive August 2016

Cast members from Ignite's summer production of Into the Woods Jr. Collected books for Fanning Elementary School. Over 400 books were collected and delivered to help fill classrooms in a favorite city school! 

Ignite Theatre Company is proud to have served more than 500 hours of community service during the 2015/2016 season, and raised over $3,500 for area charities and scholarships. 

Needy Paws STL 

Puppies, Runt, Chubbs and Chandler visit members of Ignite's Elite Performance Team. 

Puppies, Runt, Chubbs and Chandler visit members of Ignite's Elite Performance Team. 

ONE NIGHT ONLY you can support Neey Paws STL AND see some great youth theatre. Attend "Brusier's Birthday Bash"  during our April 30th performance buy one ticket at regular price, bring an item from the list below and receive a FREE ticket! Adoptable puppies will be there to help encourage you to support this deserving St. Louis based charity 

For more information visit:  http://www.needypaws.org

Elle's Easter Egg Drive 

SPARKS participated in "Elle's Egg Drive" and collected more than 500 Easter Eggs for residents of Epworth Child & Family Services. What an EGG-cellent Easter Egg hunt they will have! 

SPARKS participated in "Elle's Egg Drive" and collected more than 500 Easter Eggs for residents of Epworth Child & Family Services. What an EGG-cellent Easter Egg hunt they will have! 

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics 2/27/16

Seven brave Ignite representatives plunged into the 37 degree waters of Carlyle Lake and raised more than $1300 for Special Olympics. Brrr!  

Seven brave Ignite representatives plunged into the 37 degree waters of Carlyle Lake and raised more than $1300 for Special Olympics. Brrr!  

  

Thirst Project 

Tua F. Saves his pennies for Thirst Project. He puts the K in SPARK (ans the S in Smile!)

Disney's the Little Mermaid Jr.Student Staff  selected and raised more then $1,250 for the Thirst project. An international non-profit committed to providing clean water sources in developing nations.  

Disney's the Little Mermaid Jr.Student Staff  selected and raised more then $1,250 for the Thirst project. An international non-profit committed to providing clean water sources in developing nations.  

Our Lady's Inn Maternity Homes 

SPARKs Kira, Taylor, Angela, and Helen along with parents Mrs. Losse, Mrs. Averett, Ms. Schiller and Community Outreach Coordinator Kimberly Kavanagh plus Jr. SPARK Leya volunteering with Childcare to the residents of Our Lady's Inn Crisis Nursery and Maternity Homes in St. Louis City.

SPARKs Kira, Taylor, Angela, and Helen along with parents Mrs. Losse, Mrs. Averett, Ms. Schiller and Community Outreach Coordinator Kimberly Kavanagh plus Jr. SPARK Leya volunteering with Childcare to the residents of Our Lady's Inn Crisis Nursery and Maternity Homes in St. Louis City.

Children's Hospital 

EVERY day I am proud of our SPARKs, but today watching members of the DTLMJ cast perform for the patients and Families at St. Louis Children’s Hospital overwhelmed me. I saw people come out of their rooms and watch from windows overlooking the courtyard, I saw doctors and hospital staff extend their lunch a little longer to catch more of the show, and I saw faces light up when the SPARKs singing echoed through the hospital. I saw Peyton overcome initial trepidation to show other patients it CAN get better. You CAN sing and dance again-even through cancer treatments. We don’t usually do star students for performances but today, Peyton was a star. A brave, bold, boss SPARK who knows sometimes what makes the most impact isn’t always the easiest choice.
These Kids are great performers but truly, they are remarkable people. A huge thank you to all our performers for taking time out of your school day to participate in this amazing afternoon.
— Libby Pedersen, Executive Director regarding the 11/12 Children's Hosptial Performance
Executive Director Libby Pedersen (standing far right) and choreographer Kimberly Kavanagh (kneeling second from right) Painting boarded up buildings on South Grand after vandalism November, 2014

Executive Director Libby Pedersen (standing far right) and choreographer Kimberly Kavanagh (kneeling second from right) Painting boarded up buildings on South Grand after vandalism November, 2014

In partnership with KHAOS Inc. SPARKs wrote more than 60 letter to veterans participating in the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight with a mission to"recognize our veterans with a day of honor, remembrance and celebration with a one-day, all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial, built to honor their service and sacrifice." Our SPARKs letters welcomed these veterans and thanked them for their service. We are so honored to have been tiny part of the big event!

In partnership with KHAOS Inc. SPARKs wrote more than 60 letter to veterans participating in the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight with a mission to"recognize our veterans with a day of honor, remembrance and celebration with a one-day, all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial, built to honor their service and sacrifice." Our SPARKs letters welcomed these veterans and thanked them for their service. We are so honored to have been tiny part of the big event!

Organizing candy donations to make Halloween treat bags for residents at Epworth Child and Family Service Center in Webster Groves. More than 40 bags were created and dozen of bags of candy and Halloween treats collected by the cast ofDisney's The Little Mermaid Jr.!

Organizing candy donations to make Halloween treat bags for residents at Epworth Child and Family Service Center in Webster Groves. More than 40 bags were created and dozen of bags of candy and Halloween treats collected by the cast ofDisney's The Little Mermaid Jr.!

"Don't trash where you splash" neighborhood clean up; SPARKs mixed service and performance at the Webster Groves Farmers market 9/42 and 10/1 performing songs from "The Little Mermaid" and helping vendors clean up after the performance.

"Don't trash where you splash" neighborhood clean up; SPARKs mixed service and performance at the Webster Groves Farmers market 9/42 and 10/1 performing songs from "The Little Mermaid" and helping vendors clean up after the performance.