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The Show Goes On

By Jessica Forbes

What hurricane season put off, spring is now welcoming—at least in the case of HIVevolution’s “Broadway & Art” fundraiser. Postponed last October by Tropical Storm Karen, the evening of Broadway music, ballet, drinks and desserts will now take place at Artel Gallery, fusing the performing and visual arts for an important cause.

“Due to scheduling conflicts, the event host location had to change, but the excitement and the community involvement and support has not diminished,” said Kimberly Brill, Outreach Coordinator with HIVevolution. “Members from all over Pensacola’s fine arts community are contributing to the show. Musicians, singers, dancers, comedians and more will be in rare form for ‘Broadway & Art.’”

The Coastal Cabaret Ensemble (CCE) organized the Broadway portion of the show, which CCE’s Andy W. Davis will direct. Over a dozen of the organization’s cast members will perform selections from shows including “Gypsy,” “The Wiz,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Rent” and “Songs for a New World,” among others. Ballet Pensacola will present dance selections, and patrons will be able to browse the galleries of Artel as well.

Drinks and desserts, which will include a “chocolate smorgasbord,” will also be on hand.

The proceeds from the event will go to support the work of HIVevolution—a project of OASIS. The outreach and prevention program is partially funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Red Ribbon Charitable Foundation, but recent decreases in federal, state and HIV/AIDS-related funding has made fundraisers such as Broadway & Art all the more important.

“Federal, state and financially supportive entities grants and funding has dramatically diminished over the last few years and has had an extremely negative effect on HIV/AIDS related community organizations,” Brill stated. “With the decreased federal and state financial support, it is vital for local communities to support our HIV/AIDS community based organizations. The health of our community is at stake.”

“Now more than ever, it is important for HIV/AIDS community organizations to exist,” Brill said. “If anything, now is the time to keep up the good work until a cure has been discovered.”

HIVEVOLUTION’S “BROADWAY AND ARTS” FUNDRAISER
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, April 11
WHERE: Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox
COST: $35 per person
DETAILS: aidsoasis.org/events