Clark Hill marketing director hosts musical fundraiser

Lights. Camera. Cure. - a special theatrical event held on February 6, that featured classic film hits as sung by local performers at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill - was a sell-out success with a capacity crowd of 400 patrons. The show raised over $20,000 for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Canton-Plymouth.

"Last year, we had a vision to do a Cancer Society fundraiser that celebrated the healing power of Broadway," said producer/director Denise Staffeld of Lake Michigan Credit Union. "We sold out the house, and raised over $15,000. I had hoped this year would exceed last, both financially and artistically, but I never anticipated this. I am so very grateful."

Roy Sexton, director of marketing for the Clark Hill law firm, emceed the evening as well as performed. A published author of two books of film reviews Reel Roy Reviews, Sexton noted in his opening remarks that "film is a great unifier, helping audiences to escape the troubles of daily life and to aspire to something greater."

Music direction was by Kevin Robert Ryan, Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church. Jeff Mongrain, Sonny Teodoro, and Joel Walter rounded out the orchestra.

The cast was comprised of semi-professional and professional talent from throughout Southeast Michigan's theatre community: Shirley Auty, Denise Staffeld, Aimee Chapman, Christina Bair, Cathy Golden, Cathy McDonald, Caitlin Chodos, Noel Bittinger, Julzie Gravel, Bethany Basanese, Keri Mueller, Janine Creedon, Tracey Bowen, Diane Dimauro, Roy Sexton, Jeff Steinhauer, AJ Kosmalski, Bruce Hardcastle, Tim Chanko, Kurt Bowen, Tracy Neil, Carl Nielsen, Anna Nielsen, and David Dilsizian.

Kelvin Elvidge served as sound designer/ engineer. Lia DeBiasi was the production's stage manager, and Daniel Pocock assistant stage managed. There were special appearances by Tom Cassidy and Canton Township Supervisor Pat Williams, opening remarks by Kim Scartelli, and event support by Megan Schaper (American Cancer Society) and Tammy Brown and Marion Rozum (Chicks 4 Charity).

Before the performance, there was a red carpet reception, with silent auction and desserts.

"This event truly embodies the motto attacking cancer from every angle," said Megan Schaper, the American Cancer Society's community development manager. "I was in awe of the show and I can't wait to see and support what this show inspires these communities to do next."

Published: Mon, Feb 11, 2019

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