West Chester University’s University Theatre students have raised over $50,000 since 2000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and they are excited to add to this total at their 17th Annual AIDS Benefit Concert this weekend.
Over 100 students will participate in this year’s charity event, including a student improv team, swing dance club, and Irish step dance team. Student Music Director, Curtis Jaeger, will also showcase a team of musical talent on stage.
“The entire production is student run, produced, choreographed, and performed,” says Janice Rabian, student director of the AIDS benefit.
Rabin gave kudos to student producer, Megan Fitzwater, who has collected over 100 donations from local businesses for the evening’s silent auction, endlessly marketed the event both on campus and within the larger community, developed a student call center to further promote the event, and educated the cast on the importance of supporting the cause and explaining how funds will be used.
“This past year I was the assistance producer, which gave me the experience needed to produce this year’s event,” says Fitzwater. “It’s also a cause I’ve become very passionate about and I want to be able to make a difference for people suffering from this disease.”
Originally from a small town in Garrett County, MD, Fitzwater plans to intern in Manhattan and become a producer on Broadway.
The weekend show begins this Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM and runs through Sunday, December 11th, closing with its final show at 2:00 PM.
Tickets are available at the door or online for $7 (students) and $10 (adults).
“Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women, and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutrition meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance,” reads the BroadwaysCares.org website. The organization has raised over $250 million since 1988 with the help of American theater community members across the country.
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