Tina Fey is headed back to her home town in order to raise some money for a good cause and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her surprise hit film Mean Girls.
Tina wrote that smash hit starring Lindsey Lohan and Rachel McAdams, and Fey has said the story was loosely based on Tina’s own life as she navigated the treacherous waters of her high school in Philadelphia.
Fey attended school in Upper Darby, and CBS News is reporting that Tina is heading back there this weekend for a fundraiser. Harry Deitzler, the executive director for the Upper Darby performing arts center, told CBS he hopes Fey feels like she is coming home.
It isn’t a coincidence that Tina Fey is heading back to the location where she grew up this particular weekend. The performing arts center is celebrating its own 40th birthday.
As a way of celebrating that milestone, Tina will take questions and answers from the audience after Fey’s movie is screened at the center. The actress, who is best known for her appearances on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, got her start at the theater and apparently wants to give back.
Philly.com reports that the venue is trying to raise as much as $300,000 in order to buy a new sound system. This particular performing arts center doubles in its working life as the highschool auditorium.
It seems that Fey also got her feet wet in the arenas of writing and directing thanks in large part to the Upper Darby Performing Arts center. Before she was simply too busy working on her many Hollywood projects, Tina would help direct summer performances put on by the high school students.
People who worked alongside Fey during those times say she was always patient and kind and showed the sense of humor she has since become quite famous for in her professional life.
This isn’t the first time Tina has come back to her home town in order to help the center. Fey came back in 2000 for the 25th anniversary alumni gala. She also made an appearance in 2012 when budget cuts were threatening funding for arts and entertainment in the school district.
That time the comedian brought out some of her top rated, A-list friends to tweet and work through other social media pages to illustrate the importance of the arts. It seemed to have worked, as Tina Fey was able to get the funding restored to the area.
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