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Our Mission

Welcome to the South Plantation Friends of the Theatre website. Here you will find information on past, present and future events and activities supported by the Friends of the Theatre to benefit the South Plantation High School Theater program.

South Plantation High School is recognized as the only cluster school in the Broward School District for the deaf and hard of hearing. Because of this unique status, the theater program director, Jason Zembuch, has chosen to direct all productions in a style known as "Theater For The Deaf" with all mainstage productions being performed in both voice and sign language.

Friends of the Theatre is a parent booster club for the unique theater arts program at South Plantation High School.. Our mission is to enhance the value of education of the arts for both the hearing and hearing impaired through community involvement and parental participation.

We were incorporated under the name South Plantation Friends of the Theatre in 2006 to support theatre, arts and education at South Plantation High School which is located in Broward County, Florida.


Non-Profit Status

The Friends of the Theatre is recognized in the state of Florida as a non-profit organization but does not have 501-3c status. All donations are tax deductable and should be made out directly to South Plantation High School with "drama department" in the note field.


FOTT Meetings

FOTT meetings are generally held the second Thursday of the month at 6:30pm in the Paladin Playhouse lobby. All meetings are open to the general public.

The FOTT meets in the Paladin Playhouse lobby to discuss ways we can help make this year a successful one for all the students participating in the theater program.

FOTT welcomes all who want to make a difference in the lives of these great students.


What We Do
Our organization and it's volunteers support the SPHS drama program in many ways including:

  • Fundraising
  • Awards Scholarships
  • Organize and staff concessions for performances
  • Providing transporation to students as needed
  • Purchasing meals for rehearsals (from monies provided by the students)
  • Assist in buiding sets
  • Assisting the theatre directors whenever possible


2017-18 Board of Directors

President.......................... Doug Emery
Vice President.................. Nelson Rose
Recording Secretary.......... Michelle Sanfillipo
PR & Media Relations ........ Dean Kautzmann
Treasurer......................... Tina Oda
Fund Raising Chair............ Colleen Ramer
Concession Oversight.............. Honey Dietrich


Contact Us

South Plantation Friends of the Theatre
c/o Jason Zembuch
1300 SW 54th Ave.
Plantation, FL 33317
(754) 323-2033

Email: info@fott.org

Friends of the Theatre Meeting Minutes

Ever wonder what all we talk about at an FOTT meeting? Wonder no more. You can now download and review the minutes from our last meeting right here. (Windows Word .doc format)

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

Rock The Theater 3 A Great Success

Saturday night, February 7th, the Friends of the Theater held their annual "Rock The Theater" fundraiser at the PBA Hall off Peters Road and by all accounts it was a great success.

The night opened with student performances while everyone enjoyed a delicious catered meal of eggplant parmesean, penne alfredo and baked ziti from Mr. D's Pizza. Then we kicked the party into gear with Hit The Slide, the popular 80's cover band who rocked the house for nearly two hours!

We thank Hit The Slide for donating their time and talent for our event, as well as all our volunteers who pulled together to make it happen. Preliminary accounting has us as netting around $1200.00 from this one event, all of which goes towards the Friends of the Theater to disperse either in scholarships or to help off set the cost of the upcoming Addams Family production.

Hit The Slide

Dancing on the dance floor

Zembuch and Danielle

Many Laughs at the Comedy Club Fundraiser

Lliz ShlesingerThe Friends of the Theater had a blast at the Comedy Improv on Sunday, October 26th, all to raise money for the South Plantation High School theater program.

Tickets sold for $20.00 and 100% of the ticket price was donated back to the theater program! (Yes, you read that right....100% of the ticket price went right back to the theater program!) It was a great opportunity to have fun while raising money...the perfect combination.

The evening was headlined by the sixth season winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing and hostess of the syndicated dating show Excused, Lliza Shlesinger.

Thank you to all who came out to the improv to support the theater arts in education at South.

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FOTT Members at the Comedy Club 02

Lliza and Kaitlin
Student Thespian Kaitlin Waserman with Lliza Shlesinger after the show

Lliza and Dean
Friend of the Theater Dean Kautzmann with Lliza Shlesinger and her dog after the show

Why We Do What We Do

FOTT Historian Tina Oda put together this presentation for The Yellow Boat "Meet the Director" night at the beginning of the year. I reminds us of why we do what we do.

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Friends of the Theatre 2009 Legacy Gift

The South Plantation Friends of the Theatre is pleased to announce our 2009 legacy gift to the theater program. FOTT President Denis White spearheaded the concept of leaving a legacy gift that future Friends of the Theatre could use for generations to come. To this end, your Friends of the Theatre has purchased a professional concession stand! Gone will be the wooden tables and plastic bins filled with ice. Next year your concessions will be bought and sold from a beautiful stainless steel, portable refrigerator- complete with a butcher block top!

Similar to the "bars on wheels" some of us (not me of course! wink) have seen in local beach clubs, the concession stand is being retrofitted with side bars to hold candy, cookies, donuts and other delectables while housing all canned drinks in the 4' x 8' (approximate) refrigerated bin. The unit is on casters and can be rolled in and out of the lobby and stored in the closet when not in use.

Denis White's company, Allegra Printing (which has faithfully donated printing services to the Paladin Playhouse for the last four years that I know of!) is creating artwork to attach to the new concession stand to complete the professional look.

It is our hope that this legacy gift will be used for years to come by future Friends of the Theatre and the students they serve.

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