The Juneau Community Charter School will host a kid-friendly fund-raising gala beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Performances begin at 7 p.m.
The performer lineup will include the Juneau Community Charter School violinists, The Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre, the Juneau Pride Chorus, storyteller Gene Tagaban, and a piano and trumpet concerto performed by Rick Trostel and Lorrie Heagy.
Dinner will include Darryl Tseu's sushi, soup and a children's dinner. There also will be a silent auction.
Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre is made up of clown actors Roblin Gray Davis, Emily Windover and John Leo. Gray Davis is an experienced clown and children's theater teacher whose credits include children's productions "In Cahoots," "Fry Tales!" and "Imbecillus." Windover and Leo have performed in numerous clown and children's shows in Juneau.
Tagaban describes himself as a "trainer, consultant, motivational and keynote speaker, storyteller, performing artist and life coach." He has toured the country with Naa Kahidi Theatre and Yeil Se/Raven's Voice Theater from New Mexico. He has performed with Perseverance Theatre and is one of the lead characters in Sherman Alexie's newest film "The Business of Fancydancing."
The Juneau Pride Chorus is a singing group comprised of 25 to 30 women who are "mothers, daughters, sisters, lovers and grandmothers" sponsored by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. At the gala, the chorus will sing "On Children" by Ysaye Barnwell, "Everything Possible" by Fred Samll, "Courage to Be Who We Are," by Ruth Huber, and "1,000 Grandmothers" by Holly Near.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.