Atlanta Workshop Players – the regional non-profit professional children’s theater company – will hold a ‘Reaching for the Stars Celebrity Gala’ on Saturday, April 25, at the AWP's Studio of the Arts, located at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 111, in Alpharetta, Ga. The event will benefit the arts, education and provide scholarships to Georgia's creative children in need.
[USPRwire, Mon Mar 09 2009] Atlanta Workshop Players ??" the area non-profit professional children’s theater company ??" will hold a ‘Reaching for the Stars Celebrity Gala’ on Saturday, April 25, at the AWP's Studio of the Arts, located at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 111, in Alpharetta, Ga. The event will benefit the arts, education and provide scholarships to Georgia's creative children in need.
Anyone interested in supporting children and the arts is encouraged to attend. Guests will be treated to a sumptuous catered dinner; dancing; live entertainment by AWP’s Cabaret and Tour Show companies; a silent and live auction; video montages with AWP performers past and present; testimonials from celebrities and industry professionals; and photo opportunities with celebrities.
The event will be held in an enclosed on-site venue, complete with tables, a stage and dance floor. Tickets are $40 for students, $60 general admission. A $150 VIP ticket secures a seat at a Broadway-themed or Hollywood-themed table, with talent scouts, casting agents and directors. A $250 VIP Celebrity ticket guarantees a seat at a table with a star. The gala will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 11.
The list of celebrities is still being compiled. About ten stars are expected to attend. Two firm commitments have been made. The first is Justin Martin, a star in the upcoming High School Musical 4 movie who also appeared in the films High School Musical 3, The Soloist and The Express. He also played “Young Simba” on Broadway in The Lion King. Martin, age 14, is a former AWP member.
The other is David Lambert, 15 years old and another AWP alum who has enjoyed success as a performer. David is currently co-starring in the television series Aaron Stone, on the new Disney XD channel. Other celebrities will be added and named as the days pass leading up to the date of the event.
“This gala will not only be a highly festive and entertaining evening, it will help fund the AWP scholarship fund and outreach program,” said Lynn Stallings, artistic director of Atlanta Workshop Players since its founding in 1981. “The scholarship fund helps those less fortune to chase and realize their dreams, while the outreach program stages powerful themed productions in area school systems.”
The evening will be co-hosted by Don Stallings ??" Lynn’s husband and a veteran actor ??" and Martin Savidge, the former CNN and NBC correspondent who now anchors a nightly world news show on National Public Television called World Focus. The live auction will include week-long stays at castles in Austria and France, and a signed Picasso print. The silent auction will feature art, trips, music and sports memorabilia items.
Several hundred people are expected to attend. Anyone thinking of going may log on to the AWP website, at www.AtlantaWorkshopPlayers.com, and click on the registration form. The deadline for registering is April 22. For more information, call AWP at (770) 998-8111.
Atlanta Workshop Players has been educating, challenging and inspiring diverse young people throughout greater Atlanta for over 28 years by staging extraordinary theatrical productions in a joyful, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. AWP offers a year-round theatre school; performing arts camps; a touring company that educates the community at large; scholarships; and career counseling.
The outreach program comprises a theatrical company that brings important educational, social and environmental messages to thousands of area students through original musical productions each year. The shows feature fast-paced, powerful contemporary music and good humor. But each one has a serious underlying message that can affect audiences deeply and trigger important discussions at school.
“We did one production that had to do with bullying,” Ms. Stallings recalled, “and after it was over one of the children in the audience came forward and said, ‘You know that bully you were playing? Well, that’s me. And it’s wrong. And I’m changing that right now.’ It was one of those moments when we had instant validation that the program really does work. There weren’t many dry eyes that day.”
Atlanta Workshop Players has launched an abundance of careers in television, film, radio and on Broadway. Other AWP alumni, in addition to Justin Martin and David Lambert, include Amber Brooke (One Tree Hill); Kyle Massey (Corey in the House, That’s So Raven); his brother Chris (Zoë 101); and Christopher Lowell (The Practice, Veronica Mars).
Atlanta Workshop Players' new Studio of the Arts is located at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Suite 111, in Alpharetta. Other upcoming events include Performing Arts Camps throughout June and July (including sleepovers at Oglethorpe University and a day camp in Alpharetta); and a Cabaret Show (May 17, at 2 p.m., in the Funny Farm Comedy Club, part of Startime Entertainment, in Roswell, Ga.).
For more information about Atlanta Workshop Players, its programs, or the upcoming ‘Reaching for the Stars Celebrity Gala,’ you may call AWP at (770) 998-8111. Or, you can log on to www.AtlantaWorkshopPlayers.com. Their e-mail address is info@AtlantaWorkshopPlayers.com.
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