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Fundraiser Gala Cabaret Dinner Theater hosted by Musical Theatre of Anthem

Anthem, Ariz. December 15th, 2010 Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces their Fundraiser Gala held at the Anthem Ironwood Country Club on Monday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. 

This memorable evening will start with an Act I Cabaret of Italian-themed music performed by adult musical theater professionals. Next will be a three-course Italian dinner from the culinary staff at the Anthem Ironwood Country Club. Dinner will include the Anthem Signature Salad (Field Greens with Cucumber, garnished with Carrot Curls & tossed in Balsamic Vinaigrette), Pasta (choice of Penne Primavera w/Chicken or Vegetable Cheese Lasagna), Dessert (Tiramisu), Coffee and Iced Tea. There will also be a full no-host bar. Following dinner will be a live auction for great items including a brand new, Panasonic Viera 42" LCD HD Television. The night will conclude with an Act II performance of A Night in the Piazza. Set in a dinner theater-style, MTA Performers will entertain you while performing songs from the beautiful show, "The Light in the Piazza." Based on a novella by Elizabeth Spencer, it is set in Florence and Rome in the summer of 1953. A young American tourist, Clara Johnson, meets and falls for young Italian Fabrizio Naccarelli. When Clara's mother Margaret learns of the affair, she opposes it for reasons that only gradually become clear to the audience. It is an inspirational love story that everyone would enjoy.   This show stars multiple award-winning actor and actress, Sterling Liska and Rachael Killeen.  Rounding out the Piazza Cast is valley professional, Brian Sweis and MTA’s Producing Artistic Director, Jackie Hammond.  States Hammond, “Although these days I spend more time on the teaching end, and enjoy it (perhaps even more) than performing myself, I realize that this event will help get the word out about our great program and will therefore offer more opportunities to our youth performers, as well as the patrons. I’m thrilled to be on the ‘performing’ end of it.”  Hammond has performed professionally for years in the Bay Area and Arizona and has taught music and theater for almost twenty years.  All the vocalists of the evening will be joined by the immensely gifted, Dr. Jeffrey Kennedy on piano.  Kennedy has worked in Musical Theater as a director, performer, and music director for almost three decades.  He has worked with Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, and as a music director for Broadway Performers. 

Ticket prices for this not-to-miss event are $60 General Admission, $55 Senior and Student, $45 Children.  Buy your tickets now and reserve your place at the MTA Fundraiser Gala!

About MTA

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is an award-winning, non-profit theater company located in Anthem, Arizona.  The mission of MTA is to develop youth and adults within the field of performing arts while enhancing their intrinsic creativity and brokering their vast talents.  MTA trains and educates youth so that they can become the artists, patrons, and leaders of tomorrow while providing opportunities to adults that empower them and foster their creativity.  MTA’s principles include casting all who audition in select productions, presenting high quality shows that everyone can enjoy, and providing a positive environment where performers can practice teamwork and communication skills while experiencing the pride of accomplishment.


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