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WVPT comedy present fundraiser tonight at Cosmo

BY ALISE CHAFFINS

Chuckle, in order that Aslan could sing.

Nationwide comic and WVU alum Andy Hendrickson will headline the second comedy evening fundraiser for West Virginia Public Theatre at 7 p.m. in the present day at Cosmo in Suncrest Towne Heart.

To buy tickets for the comedy evening, go to eventbrite.com and seek for WVPT. You too can discover hyperlinks to buy on the West Virginia Public Theatre Fb web page.

One in every of WVPT’s upcoming productions is “Narnia,” a musical that can play Dec. 16-22. The present will function an enormous Aslan puppet designed and in-built home and operated by a three-person crew. WVPT Inventive Director Jerry McGonigle mentioned the inclusion of this puppet is made attainable by fundraising efforts just like the one hosted in the present day.

“We did a comedy evening a few 12 months in the past, and it went rather well,” McGonigle mentioned. “We thought this may very well be an attention-grabbing method to present one other face of WVPT. In that spirit, we’re giving it one other shot. The concept is that we’re elevating cash to meet our mission and provides the very best high quality productions.”

Beforehand, WVPT has accomplished two exhibits over the vacation season, “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Great Life.” Including the “Narnia” present gives audiences, particularly households with youthful youngsters, one other alternative to expertise reside theater.

“Simply retaining the lights on and the doorways open remains to be a problem,” McGonigle mentioned. “COVID meant that we misplaced all of our viewers for nearly two years, and folks have been hesitant to come back again. So all of the extra cause to maintain it shifting ahead. And typically that’s only a matter of cash.”

The comedy present permits individuals who will not be as conversant in reside theater to have interaction with a reside efficiency otherwise. McGonigle believes that since folks have a greater understanding of how a comedy present works, it might make every little thing extra accessible to a wider viewers, together with younger folks.

“There’s a youthful technology that involves a comedy evening who haven’t seen the magic of theater but, so we’re hoping to develop with our viewers.”

The fundraiser will even permit WVPT to carry college children in to see “Narnia.” Proper now, the theater firm expects almost 5,000 college students to attend the musical. It has hosted pupil matinees every year, and this 12 months will nearly hit capability. McGonigle harassed that side of the mission of WVPT wouldn’t be attainable with out fundraising.

“That’s such an essential a part of our mission as a result of that’s the viewers of the long run. These are the artists of the long run.”