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Name: JuleTone Foundation (1981-2008)

Historical Note:

In 1954, Toni Michetti, co-founder of JuleTone Productions, graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Speech Arts with a focus on theater.  Her first show was for the Bachelor's Club in 1958.  During the 1960s and 1970s, Michetti directed, choreographed and performed in over twenty charitable events.  In 1979, Julie Golden and Michetti performed together in the San Diego chapter of the Junior League's "Celebrate" show.  Their collaboration during this performance eventually led to the creation JuleTone Productions in 1981.

Julie Golden and Toni Michetti founded JuleTone Productions, Inc. as a musical theatre production company that provided entertainment for local charities and private events using local talent, including prominent San Diegans, such as Rolf Benirschke, Jim Laslavic, Ron Mix, Willie Buchanon, Pete Wilson, and Valerie Harp. Organizations such as the YMCA, the Balboa Theatre Foundation, Children's Hospital, the SDSU Alumni Association, the San Diego Symphony Association, and the San Diego Rotary Club hired JuleTone entertainment for their fundraisers and events.  Michetti and Golden directed, choreographed, and trained all the performers themselves.  They also tried to incorporate lyrics and themes relevant to the sponsoring organization into the show.  In 2003, JuleTone Productions was renamed the Let's Put On A Show Foundation, and became a non-profit membership organization.  The Foundation's goal was "to support charitable causes by using performing arts to help target organizations raise funds in a manner which builds teams, morale and a sense of accomplishment." Later, the Let's Put On A Show Foundation was renamed the JuleTone Foundation.

Golden and Michetti also set up Showbiz! Workshops in May 1981 in order to provide a musical theater experience for anyone interested, and to generate funding for JuleTone Productions and other non-profit organizations.  Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney's philosophy of "Let's Put on a Show" inspired the workshops.  Showbiz! provided these workshops for both children and adults at a cost of $100 per person. Workshops consisted of 30 performers or less, and lasted 1 week, culminating in a musical revue show with minimal sets and costumes in front of an audience.

Toni Michetti passed way in 1988.  Julie Golden retired from the JuleTone Foundation in 2008.  The Foundation is no longer active.

Note Author: Amanda Lanthorne

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