CONTACT: Mona Klein, Chickens’ Ball General Chair


San Carlos’ Time-Honored Tradition, The Chickens’ Ball, In Search of Clucking Talents “Auditions for 2020 Are Open for the Biennial Spectacle That Helps Fund Local Schools”

San Carlos, CA—October 10, 2019—The San Carlos Chickens’ Ball (CB 2020) is looking for talents of cast and crew for show dates: March 13th, thru 15th, and March 20th thru 22nd, 2020, for the theme, “The Night They Invented Champagne”. Upcoming auditions are on Oct. 24 at 6 pm, and Oct. 26 at 10 am, respectively held at Heather Elementary School, 2757 Melendy Drive, San Carlos. Musicians, actors, singers, dancers, extras, and beyond are invited to perform! To join, go

to All people, high school aged and up, are invited to participate, regardless of their level of talent. All proceeds go directly to support San Carlos students for Cultural Education.

The Chickens’ Ball raises thousands of dollars for San Carlos school children, but is not a typical PTA fund-raising -event. Held every two years at the Mustang Hall of Central Middle School in San Carlos, Chickens’ Ball is where original melodrama and variety skits written and submitted by community organizations, are based on the history of the Barbary Coast Era, circa 1889 to 1918. The vaudeville features song and dance to contemporary music. Sponsorship form can be found on the CB website, under “Sponsors”

“The Biennial Chickens’ Ball generates not only monies in support of the visual and performing arts for our local public schools, but also brings our communities closer together,” says Mona Klein, Chickens’ Ball General Chair. The idea, which dates as far back in the early 1900s, was brought back in 1939 by a teacher at Central School, Howard Demeke, who was looking to find other ways to fund the public schools, “to raise milk money; early in the war years,” he once said. “The opportunity that CB provides for individuals to express their creativity and to create original works through skit writing, song writing, writing limericks, set design, costume design and construction, etc., is golden,” says Karen Althoff, CB Production Chair.


The Chickens’ Ball is a biennial variety show presented by the San Carlos PTAs in collaboration with the San Carlos community. Our goal is to raise local awareness of theater by raising money to support performing arts programs in all San Carlos public schools, while building friendship and cooperation within the community. The Chickens’ Ball is the oldest running PTA fundraiser in the United States, celebrating 80 years of community fellowship.
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Important Announcements!

Do you want be a part of the oldest competition in San Carlos?  

2020 San Carlos Chickens’ Ball

“The Night They Invented Champagne”

Show dates: March 13, 14, 15 (matinee) and 20, 21 (two shows), 22 (matinee) 2020

Auditions at Heather School MUR:

October 24, 2019, check in begins at 6:00 p.m.

October 26, 2019, check in begins at 10:00 a.m.

Singers bring your music.

Musicians, actors, singers, dancers,extras, set and costume designers, set builders and painters, those who sew, stage crew, and all others are called to play!

Skit groups always need actors!

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“The Night They Invented Champagne” Our story begins when Landlady Maggie O’Leary acquires the first champagne shipped to San Francisco and serves the bubbling beverage to an odd assemblage of boarding house guests.  What happens next inspires us to lure these characters to our San Carlos stage! We bring them to life through our sense of community and play. So, let’s join in the spirit of San Carlos and the San Francisco Barbary Coast to make the 2020 Chicken’s Ball a fun memory for all!

All proceeds go to the San Carlos schools.

Hope you can join us!
Mona Klein, 2020 General Chair & Karen Althoff, 2020 Production Chair

Devoted to San Carlos Schools, Community, and Entertainment

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