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Bringing theater to non-traditional audiences throughout NYC in shelters, low-income senior centers, and correctional facilities.
Bringing theater to non-traditional audiences throughout NYC in shelters, low-income senior centers, and correctional facilities.
129 backers pledged $10,432 to help bring this project to life.

THANK YOU! Plus benefit performance, NY Times article, and photos from the tour

Posted by The Light Fantastic (Creator)
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Will Shaw with resident of senior center in the Bronx who requested photo with him during intermission
Will Shaw with resident of senior center in the Bronx who requested photo with him during intermission

First, THANK YOU!

Due to the extraordinary generosity of those of you who have donated, we have reached (and exceeded) our fundraising goal! We want to take this moment to thank all of you, from the bottom of our hearts, for supporting this work.  

If you haven't yet donated, please know that any additional funds will go directly toward supporting our future projects reaching audiences who otherwise couldn't afford to see live theater.

Our tour is underway, and it has been filled with laughter, surprises, and many memorable moments. In an upcoming update, we will share with you some highlights and stories from the road.

For now, we want to share three things:

1. Benefit performance

If you will be in NYC next week, we want to invite you to join us for our final performance, a free benefit next Wednesday, December 16, at 7pm, at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan.  Tickets are free; please make your reservation here.  

Alternatively, or additionally, we invite you to join us for a free 10:00am performance that same day at Mainchance Drop-In Center, at 120 E. 32nd St.

2. New York Times article

We felt honored to be mentioned in a recent New York Times article about the extraordinary work of Michelle Hensley and the theater company that inspired us and others to do this kind of theater, Ten Thousand Things.  It's an excellent article by a Twin-Cities-based reporter who knows TTT's work well.

3. Photos from the tour

This tour would not have been possible without your support.  You have sent us on this journey, and you have been in our thoughts as we embark on this work; we wanted to take you along for the ride, so we have been taking photos and taking down notes!  Here's a sample:

One senior center translated our poster into Spanish--audience members have translated for each other during the show in both Greek and Spanish
One senior center translated our poster into Spanish--audience members have translated for each other during the show in both Greek and Spanish
Setting up our first performance, at a women's shelter in Brooklyn (Will Shaw, Jedadiah Schultz, Sylvia Kates, Cherie Corinne Rice, & Angela Kiessel
Setting up our first performance, at a women's shelter in Brooklyn (Will Shaw, Jedadiah Schultz, Sylvia Kates, Cherie Corinne Rice, & Angela Kiessel
During an unexpected 30-minute brunch the senior center invited us to join them for during intermission, one audience member asked Sylvia to harmonize with him on a couple of songs, including The Little Drummer Boy
During an unexpected 30-minute brunch the senior center invited us to join them for during intermission, one audience member asked Sylvia to harmonize with him on a couple of songs, including The Little Drummer Boy
A shelter in Queens
A shelter in Queens
At a shelter in Queens
At a shelter in Queens
At a shelter in Queens
At a shelter in Queens
A senior center in the Bronx
A senior center in the Bronx
A senior center in the Bronx
A senior center in the Bronx
After the show at a shelter in Queens
After the show at a shelter in Queens
This may or may not be how our Gentleman Caller travels to each venue
This may or may not be how our Gentleman Caller travels to each venue

 Love,

The Light Fantastic

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