What exactly is Acting Against Cancer? Is it a charity or a theatre company?
Itâ€™s both! We are a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to performing theatrical productions to raise money for pediatric cancer research and treatment. We work to encourage art therapy in particular as a modality of cancer treatment, and we are currently in a partnership with the cancer center at Kosair Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Weâ€™ve actually pledged $100,000 to its art therapy program!
So in addition to raising funds and awareness, you perform shows around town?
Yes. We perform three-show seasons in different venues around Louisville. Our shows tend to be more adult-oriented, but we definitely throw some family-friendly stuff in sometimes. Like our upcoming season has Green Dayâ€™s â€œAmerican Idiotâ€ but also the musical â€œThe Addams Family.â€ We try to provide something for every theatre goer.
Tell us about â€œcollaborACT!â€ What is it?
At its heart, â€œcollaborACT!â€ is a celebration of collaboration. But on the surface, itâ€™s a massive party and concert in the lobby of The Kentucky Center. Itâ€™s on Friday, June 26, and itâ€™s going to be a truly spectacular night. You walk in, and immediately, youâ€™re surrounded by incredible hors dâ€™oeuvres, an open wine and beer bar, representatives from different Louisville arts organizations and a silent auction with items like a stay at Lake Tahoe. Weâ€™re also going to have an AACpack station, where guests can create customized goody bags that we will deliver to cancer patients in the hospital.
So thatâ€™s the pre-show. Whatâ€™s the main event?
Thatâ€™s the best part! The centerpiece of â€œcollaborACT!â€ is a musical theatre concert featuring some of the best theatre companies of Louisville. Tom Dunbar is the emcee, so heâ€™ll be hosting this incredible show that will have performances by us, Theatre , StageOne Family Theatre, CenterStage and Pandora Productions.
What kind of songs can we expect to see?
Weâ€™re performing songs from a few shows weâ€™ve done and a couple from some we will do. We have songs from â€œSpring Awakening,â€ â€œRENT,â€ â€œAmerican Idiotâ€ and more. Then the other companies will be bringing selections from The Whoâ€™s â€œTommy,â€ â€œPassionâ€ and a couple others.
So itâ€™s really a night for theatre lovers.
Absolutely, but itâ€™s also a night for everyone! After the concert, which is absolutely family-friendly, weâ€™ve got live music and dancing back in the lobby, plus some tasty treats from SnoWhat Louisville, which offers incredible gourmet snow cones. And the best part is itâ€™s all for a really amazing cause. One hundred percent of the profits from â€œcollaborACT!â€ will go toward the funding and sustaining of Kosair Childrenâ€™s Hospital art therapy program for cancer patients.
And how much are tickets?
Tickets cost $65 for the full experience, which I think is a steal! Dinner, drinks and a show? Sign me up. However, we also do have a $30 limited experience ticket with just the show and after party and no open bar. Whichever you choose though, you can bet you will have a truly amazing time at what is sure to be one of the most memorable nights of the summer.
Tickets for â€œcollaborACT!â€ and more information about the event areÂ available by visiting actingagainstcancer.com or by calling 502.593.1095.