Summit Theatre Group’s musical revue and fundraiser last weekend collected more than $12,000 for the fledgling community theater company.
More than 90 attended “No Business Like Show Business” Feb. 2 at the Emaline Ballroom, more than organizers expected, and raised money through a mix of tickets, donations and silent auction bids.
“I thought we might be able to top about $8,000, but these amazing people gave us an incredible gift,” said Ben Martin, president of the board of STG.
The evening began with food and drink provided by the Portable Chef and Embrace the Grape, followed by a musical revue from Broadway shows for every age. Performers included Erica Brune, Michael Bunn, Michael and Lindsey Dragen, Grace Heinrichs, Bill Lewis, Grace and Roxanne Martin, Nancy Nail, Jeremy Watson and James Wright. Although many of the performers sing throughout the metropolitan area and one lives as far away as Wichita, they all have some connection with the Lee’s Summit community.
Next up for the STG is their production of Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney.
The play opens April 5 and runs on the April 6 and 12-13, is a comic look at Greg and Kate and what happens to their increasingly loveless marriage when it is disturbed by the sudden appearance of a stray dog, Sylvia.
Greg, played by STG veteran Timothy Shrout, pours all his affection on the dog. Kate, played by another returning performer Kirsten Tretbar, worries this will be the last straw. The dog, Sylvia, portrayed by newcomer Bonnie Griffin, is just happy to have a home and someone she can look up to. Shawna Dowling, seen in STG’s A Piece of My Heart, rounds out the cast in three cameo roles. It is directed by James Wright.
Season and individual performance tickets will go on sale at Hy-Vee and online at the beginning of March. Sylvia will be performed at the Unity Village Chapel. For more information on this show and audition performance dates for the rest of the season contact STG at: summittheatregroup.com or 816-463-2654.