Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Theaters Plan Food Drives

Michael Connor Barth (Michael) and Matt Kopec (Buddy) in “Elf The Musical.” Photo: Joan Marcus
In the spirit of spreading holiday cheer, the Palace Theater is partnering with the United Way of Greater Waterbury to launch a holiday food drive during the theater’s Webster Broadway Series presentation of ELF THE MUSICAL, Nov. 19-21.

The Palace is asking both patrons and local residents to discover their inner “elf” by donating non-perishable food items – including stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy - to families fighting hunger in the Greater Waterbury area. Food donations can be dropped off at the Box Office, 100 East Main Street in Waterbury, during regular business hours the week of November 18 -22, or can be brought in by patrons attending one of the week’s three performances of ELF THE MUSICAL. All donations will be collected by the United Way of Greater Waterbury and distributed locally to nearby food pantries.

In Connecticut alone, more than 400,000 residents struggle with hunger and food insecurity, and nearly one in five children do not know where their next meal is coming from. From Waterbury to Cheshire to Bethlehem, real families are facing real challenges and the United Way of Greater Waterbury is dedicated to providing these residents with food assistance and peace of mind.

Tickets for the Palace Theater’s presentations of ELF THE MUSICAL are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at www.palacetheaterct.org, or in person at the Box Office.

On Monday, Nov, 25 Goodspeed Musicals will hold its Annual Food Drive to benefit the East Haddam Food Bank. Goodspeed will be collecting donations in the hopes for another record-breaking year for participation. The need is even greater this year as the number of households served by the East Haddam Food Bank has grown once again to record levels.

Goodspeed Musicals is offering a special buy one ticket, get one free to patrons who bring a generous donation of non-perishable foods to the Nov. 25performance of The Most Happy Fella 7:30 pm at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. The East Haddam Food Bank is in need of many non-perishable food items, especially “the basics” such as soups, pastas, canned fruits and vegetables, and cereals, as well as paper goods and personal toiletries.

During Thanksgiving week, performances will take place on Monday, November 25, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm; Friday, November 29, at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm; Saturday, November 30, at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday, December 1, at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Donations will be accepted at the Goodspeed Opera House November 25th through December 1st. Tickets for The Most Happy Fella are available through the Goodspeed Box Office at 860-873-8668 or at www.goodspeed.org. Advance reservations are recommended. This offer is subject to availability, with no adjustments for prior sale.

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