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Backpacks4Kids Cabaret - Whitney Morse and Gary Powell

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Take a stroll down memory lane with Whitney as she looks back on some of the roles she has played in her lifetime. She will sing some of her favorites, as well as songs from dream shows she’d love to work on someday. And maybe if you’re lucky you’ll get to hear some backstage stories along the way. Come on over and get comfy because Whitney is feeling “Booked and Blessed.”

Gary Powell has been musically directing and staging shows for over 30 years in Texas, Chicago, New York City, and now Central Florida. Select standouts of Gary’s career include Sound of Music, Godspell, Brigadoon, South Pacific, and regionally Sweet Charity and Next to Normal at the Skokie Theatre. He has worked on several world premiere productions including: Tomorrow Morning and Scotch Verdict. While directing in Chicago, Gary was nominated for several Jeff Awards (The Chicago equivalent of the Tony’s) for the following productions: Jerry Springer-The Opera, Thrill Me, Adam’s Family, Opus 1861, The Baker’s Wife, Kiss of The Spider Woman, Evolution/Creation, and Cats among several others. Gary currently serves as the resident Music Director for both The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center and The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol.

All net proceeds will benefit Wildwood Elementary and Middle High School through the “Backpacks for Kids” program, an Outreach Ministry of New Covenant. This ministry provides backpacks filled with school supplies for children in the Wildwood Schools. This is the eighth year this ministry will provide school supplies to these children. We are continually blessed as we seek to reach the most innocent of our community in a very small way. The mission of this program is to live out this scripture by being the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus Christ in this community. We need your help to provide the funds to reach each child in need. Please help the children of our community get the tools they need to succeed.