The Beatrice Community Players' big annual fundraiser kicks off this Saturday with a whole host of entertainment aimed at showcasing Beatrice’s talent.
On March 10 at 7:30 p.m., Community Players will host their fourth annual Spring Cabaret event at the theater, located at 412 Ella St. Tickets are $15 for the fundraiser that will feature singing, dancing, desserts, silent auctions and a cash bar with beer and wine.
Proceeds from the event will go to support the theater’s main stage shows and its educational efforts, like the Stars of Summer program for children ages 8 to 15, the after school Acting Up program for students in grades five through eight and the Young Adult Theater program for actors between 16 and 25.
It also helps to fund programs like a recent talk-back with students from Tri County following a midday performance of “James and the Giant Peach,” said Community Players board president, Morgan Tunink.
“This helps with our abilities to connect with the community at large and to bring more people in,” Tunink said. “Especially at a young age.”
There are a few surprises added in throughout the night, Tunink said. There will be belly dancers coming in from Lincoln, she said, as well as a group of local talent from performers Ashiya Ali, Anna Ali, Morgan Cowell, Jennifer Dunekacke, Josh Erikson, Anna Erikson, Mason Gustafson, Noah Holcombe, Matt Osmotherly, Lizzy Pegler, Annabel Rash, Marissa Saure, Brittany Thomas and Becka Wilson, with Matt McNiff serving as the night’s emcee.
Tickets for the cabaret can be purchased at the box office on Friday afternoon or at the door, as well as online by visiting the Community Players website or by calling 402-228-1801.
“I don't think people realize what level of talent they have in this small town,” Tunink said. “They really should be aware, because it's frankly phenomenal.”