Musical features six arts groups in tsunami benefit

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2005

Six local arts groups are teaming up to host "Island Relief," a benefit to raise money for the Asia Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Northern Light United Church.

Approximately 55 students from Juneau-Douglas High School's theater program will share selections from the upcoming musical, "Once On This Island," opening Feb. 18 at the school. About 50 more dancers will be on hand from the Alitap-tap Folkloric Group, a Filipino dance organization.

Local jazz trio Tres Feles, the Alaska Youth Choir and the Island Time Polynesian Dance Group will perform. Joyce Parry Moore will sing selections from Perseverance Theatre's upcoming musical, "The Long Season."

Admission is $15 at the door, and all proceeds go to the American Red Cross Alaska. A Red Cross representative will be at the event to share news about the organization's progress in Southeast Asia.

"We wanted to share some music from our production with the community before we opened the show," said Ryan Conarro, director of "Once On This Island." "And then we talked about getting other people to join in."

"The schools were really trying to figure out a way that we could contribute to the tsunami relief effort," JDHS drama director Bethany Bereman said. "We were in the midst of rehearsing this show, and thought a benefit would just be an addition to what we were doing. We've been studying the island culture of the Caribbean and thought we could share that with other island people that have been troubled."



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