“It’s curtain time, and away we go!” The Newtowne Players production of A Night on Broadway hit the ground running on Thursday, May 17 with a big production number from Kiss Me Kate. With additional musical numbers from South Pacific, Grease, My Fair Lady, Chicago and many more, the performance kept the audience entertained straight through to the finale. This particular performance, though, was designed with a very special audience in mind.
Our community members with developmental differences were treated to an evening of sight, sound and song as part of the Newtowne Players’ ongoing community outreach efforts. “When the theatre approached us and asked if Cedar Point would like to sponsor the evening, we jumped at the chance,” said Marketing Manager Kristin Kauffman. “Providing accessible entertainment for community members who might not otherwise have the opportunity is incredibly important.”
Cedar Point has an ongoing commitment to and partnership with SMCR, Inc., which hosts fun and exciting community events with an emphasis on accessibility for members with diverse needs. Director Thomas Esposito and Musical Director Diane Trautman really believed in the idea of reaching out to SMCR’s members. “As soon as we recognized this unique opportunity for community outreach, our production team was excited,” said Esposito. “And the folks from SMCR were a great audience.”
A particularly poignant moment of the evening came during the full cast performance of “You Will Be Found” from the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. The lyrics of the song sent a message of hope and friendship. When the cast began to sing and repeat the words, “You are not alone,” each cast member connected with individual audience members on a very personal level. “I felt every word of that song,” said Kauffman. “We are thankful for that rare moment of magic we were able to share.”
Posted: May 21, 2018
Posted by: Cedar Point Marketing Team