Friday, February 3, 2023

Curtain’s Up on Curtain Call Fundraiser

Seven is a lucky number for Curtain Call Performing Arts Company.

The Company, which offers musical theatre training, will host three concert fundraisers over two days on October 21 and 22 at the Gasworks (141 Park Street North). Proceeds from the concerts will be used by the Company in creating additional arts experiences. Curtain Call programs are offered to children as young as two and a half years old, all the way to young adult training and adult performers.

The seven featured performers in the fundraiser will come from Curtain Call’s Passion Project Series; one of the Company’s many ensembles. The Passion Project Series has been dormant since 2019, when the then-eleven member troupe performed Next to Normal for Hamilton audiences.

Entitled ‘Curtain Call, The Concert,’ the October fundraiser promises complete musical theatre numbers from a variety of popular shows, including Dear Evan Hansen; Rent; Les Miserables; Beetlejuice and more. 

Featured performers at the fundraiser include Curtain Call co-Artistic Directors Danielle Viola and Kat Baranowski, who also co-direct the production. In addition to their shared roles offstage and on, Viola will also serve as the performance’s vocal director, while Baranowski will serve as the choreographer. 

Joining them Viola and Baranowski onstage include Austin Gagnier; Diana Moser; Gareth Finnigan; Jacob Rushton and Lucy Rooney. The roster will be a familiar one to local community theatre followers who will have seen these performers in many past productions. Additionally, Viola and Baranowski also teach music and dance respectively in the Hamilton school system, while Rushton is a past vocal director of McMaster Musical Theatre.

In addition to the core ensemble, ‘Curtain Call, The Concert’ also promises appearances by Molly Taylor, Eco Malec, Elliott May, Livia Italiano and Kenzie Patterson.

‘Curtain Call, The Concert’ opens on October 21 with a show at 7:30pm. Two additional shows will take place on October 22, with a matinee at 2:30pm and an evening performance at 7:30pm. Tickets begin at $20 and are available directly from Curtain Call Performing Arts Company.

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