Musical Offering students Emi Brady and Ellie Weiler playing “Love is an Open Door” from “Frozen” on July 4 at the Merrick Rose Garden.

Saturdays through the remainder of July and on Aug. 1, students of the Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave., are staging two-hour performances to raise money for their student-run musical. The students will donate 25% of the contributions to Assata’s Daughters, a Black female-led organization with a mission to provide Black youth in Chicago with political education and mentorship.

Howard Godfrey, a rising senior at Evanston Township High School, wrote the music and lyrics to “Mine ’Til the End.” He will also serve as its director when the show runs – it is hoped, says Musical Offering Executive Director Rick Ferguson, in January.

 “Howard has a great deal of support, in terms of producing this year’s show, from members of our Junior Board, all high school students who are involved at the Musical Offering,” Mr. Ferguson said.

The cast and crew are all set, and rehearsals will begin in August.  And each Saturday, ensembles of Musical Offering students will be playing from noon to 2 p.m. at Fountain Square, Eiden Park, Raymond Park, Dawes Park, Ridgeville Park, Clark Square Park, the Merrick Rose Garden and the corner of Church Street and Maple Avenue.

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...