Thursday, June 23, 2016

CofC theater group to host "Keep It Gay!" cabaret benefit for Orlando shooting victims

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Posted by Becca Starkes on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 12:55 PM

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Center Stage, the College of Charleston’s student-run theater organization, is putting on "Keep It Gay! Fundraising Cabaret" this Sat. June 25 at 8 p.m. to raise money for the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. With few students in town to plan and no money to advertise, Center Stage managed to pull together support from the entire Charleston theater community for the fundraiser.

“Obviously, we did not plan for this event, so we had no budget, no funds for publicity, and only three members of our board available this summer,” said Center Stage’s social chairperson, Caroline Connell. “Somehow, we have an incredible event planned. I am so proud of this community and this event.”

Center Stage has about 15 cabaret numbers planned that will be performed by College of Charleston students and local theater members including Becca Anderson, Mary Fishburne, and Andrea Rausch. The event is “pay-what-you-can,” with a $5 minimum donation to attend. All proceeds from the cabaret will go to the OneOrlando fund.

For updates and bios on each performer, head over to the Keep It Gay! event page.

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