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Tue, Dec 15, 2009 2:40 PM by Elke Brumm
Do you have a pet at home? Is it a little Beauty or a little Beast? Thinking about my parents' tom cat, he is a bit of both. When he is hungry, he follows you everywhere meowing and when he is happy he is the nicest lap cat. From my volunteer work at a local food shelf, doing the monthly donation report, I know that the demand for human food has been constantly on the rise since the recession started. Also the demand for food and supplies for cherished pets is growing. People who lost their jobs, have had to give up their pets, because they can't afford their food or vet bills any more. Recently a lady, who we knew had a dog at home, started crying when picking up her monthly grocery bag from the food shelf because we offered her a big bag of dog food that was donated the day before.
During all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, like getting presents for loved ones, decorating and baking cookies, organizing the trip home to family members or preparing one's own home for the holidays, let's remind ourselves of the families in need. This December the Ordway has teamed up with Second Harvest Heartland and The Pet Project for a food drive. So when you come to the Ordway to enjoy Disney's Beauty and the Beast or Sister's Christmas Catechism, participate in our food drive and bring some non-perishable food items and/or pet food.
Second Harvest Heartland operates the fourth largest Feeding America food bank in the US and delivers food donations to soup kitchens, shelters and food shelves, just like the one I volunteer for in Northern Washington County. The Pet Project helps the same people in need to keep their beloved pets and provides them with pet food and supply donations.
Please help make the food drive a success by suggesting to anyone who might be going that they bring some non-perishable food items or pet food! Thank you!
Fri, Dec 4, 2009 2:05 PM by Kate Scarrella
It is that time of the year again; the busy holiday season is upon us. I know personally I have a hard time coming up with new gift ideas for the people on my list. The Ordway has a great idea for a gift for someone you care about, Playmakers!
What is Playmakers you may ask yourself? Well, it is a great way to be a part of the creative team. Playmakers is a cool and inexpensive opportunity to sponsor actual props and costumes from a show and to be listed online as an official part of the creative team. Right now, both Sister’s Christmas Catechism and/or Beauty and the Beast props and costumes are available for sponsorship. When I say inexpensive I really mean it. Some examples of the items available are the Tankards that Gaston and the guys drink out of for $10 or the torches the townspeople carry when storming Beast’s castle for $15. Seriously, when would you ever get the opportunity to sponsor a photo of the Pope for only $25? And if you are feeling very generous and want to sponsor the Beast himself for $500, not only will you get to have your name listed on the website as his sponsor but you will get the opportunity to walk onstage and have your photo taken in front of the set holding a special rose handed to you by an Ordway stagehand! What an amazing holiday gift to give someone you love! You can sponsor an actual cast members like Belle, Lumiere & Cogsworth as well as the Beast. Whether it’s the Beast’s rose ($200) or Sister’s “Ruler Chair” ($50), you can sponsor an item in honor of a special someone or even sponsor something for you!!
Playmakers has had great success in the past and many people have sponsored items that meant something to them. On the website you can see past sponsorships from previous productions, some of the examples you will see are parents sponsoring items for their kids, fans of specific actors sponsoring items they associate with the characters they play and my favorite one, a just-married couple sponsored the wedding cake for Singin’ in the Rain. Do you have a daughter who spends every waking moment watching Beauty and the Beast? What a unique opportunity to make her holiday joyful!!
I know for me every time I watch the movie Beauty and the Beast I wish I had a pretty yellow dress like Belle’s to wear. Obviously I don’t have any “fancy dinner parties with a prince” to wear it to so I could settle for the next best thing…sponsoring it! To see all the items available for sponsorship go to ordway.org/playmakers >>
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