Salon Series Performance results in another sponsorship.
Over 50 corporate and civic leaders and theatre enthusiasts gathered Saturday night, July 28th, at the Sand Canyon home of Mark and Sue Younger for the latest effort to raise the necessary funds to kick off this Valley’s own professional theatre company, The Theatre Project/SCV.
The third in a series of private Salon Performances, the events are designed to provide potential corporate and individual donors the opportunity to learn more about The Theatre Project/SCV. Surrounding the Younger’s tranquil backyard pool, and set against a backdrop of the rolling hills, co-Producing Artistic Directors of The Theatre Project/SCV, Andrea Slominski and Mark Salyer, got the attention of mingling guests and welcomed everyone, sharing some of the recent achievements of The Theatre Project/SCV, including news that Mission Valley Bank has joined the growing list of businesses to become sponsors through the organization’s member group, The Corporate 100.
On hand to present the $5,000 check from Mission Valley Bank was Marti Heinbaugh, Vice President and Branch Manager.
Salyer and Slominski then “got the party started” by yielding the stage to a half-dozen show folk who had come to demonstrate the caliber of professional performance that our Valley may expect from the new theatrical production company.
Julia Gregory (Showboat, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) kicked things off as she belted out “Coronet Man” from Funny Girl, followed by Christopher Youngsman (Broadway’s Grease!, ACT’s Urinetown, Forever Plaid) singing “I’m Young and Healthy” from 42nd Street.
Next, actors Kate Steele (Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse) and Graham Hamilton (Old Globe, South Coast Rep) performed a comedic yet touching scene from Wendy Wasserstein’s last play, Third. To highlight the type of up-and-coming talent found in the Theatre Master Classes that The Theatre Project/SCV is sponsoring this summer at College of the Canyons, student Ian Loveall was invited to sing the title song from She Loves Me, and he “owned the room” with his performance.
Gregory and Youngsman returned to the microphones to give guests a teaser of music from The Theatre Project/SCV’s upcoming benefit performance of The World Goes ‘Round, which will have four shows on the Mainstage of The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, September 20-23.
In paired presentation, Youngsman sang “Marry Me” (originally from The Rink), and Gregory “answered” with “Isn’t This Better?” (originally from the motion picture, Funny Lady).
The World Goes ‘Round is an acclaimed musical revue that pays tribute to the music of Broadway songwriting legends John Kander & Fred Ebb, who are responsible for such classic musicals as Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Curtains, and numerous others.
The evening’s presentation closed with Victoria Oscar (national tours of Les Miserables and Annie) embodying the character of Mama Rose. Had she been indoors, she would have “raised the roof” with her showstopping turn, singing the classic “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy.
When Slominski and Salyer returned to the stage to wrap things up, they got a nice surprise, with Founder and Corporate 100 member Annie Schwartz speaking up to say that among the guests is a couple that preferred to remain anonymous, but who committed $5,000 to add to the growing base of financial support of the company.
The elegant catering by Prime Events was supported by Whole Foods’ generous donation of seasonal and gourmet items.
In addition to hosts Mark and Sue Younger, among the guests on hand to enjoy the evening were: Tora Brown & Lisa Pots, Joyce Carson & Doron Fliescher, Carl & Jeri Seratti-Goldman, Ed & Jen Gooldbaum, Kim & Jeff Greiner, Arif & Pam Halaby, Kris & Tom Hough. Elaine Kauffman, Katherine Lench Meyering, Dr. Ed Pechter & Janet Hudson, Larry & Sue Mankin, Michael & Teresa Mobly, Shelly O'Brien, Joseph & Kelly Saenz, Annie & Robert Schwartz, Jim Shafor, Scott & Debbie Smith, Brett & Alysha Siers, Mark & Chris Trunzo, and Rose Anne Valentino.
For more information about “The Corporate 100” or other support groups of The Theatre Project/SCV, please call 661-633-3550, or visit www.scvtheatre.com.