Beverly Arts Center to stage benefit cabaret
December 27, 2013 8:18AM
Michael Mejia | Supplied photo
Updated: January 30, 2014 6:15AM
The Beverly Arts Center will host “BAC to Broadway, A Benefit Cabaret,” at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Jan. 11 at the center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago.
All tickets are $20. Proceeds will go toward funding the BAC professional theater series.
Staged for an evening of Broadway song and dance with BAC professionals and friends by the center’s artistic director of theater and dance, Shellee Frazee, “BAC to Broadway” will feature seven professional performers, according to a press release from the center. They are Michael Mejia, Ryan Westwood, Megan Kearney, Don Abbott, Ricky Harris, Tim Stompanato, Warren Jackson and Frazee.
Mejia is an instructor at the BAC and recently performed in BAC’s production of “They’re Playing Our Song.” Past credits include Noah in “Rainmaker,” Brad Majors in “The Rocky Horror Show,” and Mike Costa in “A Chorus Line.”
Westwood’s credits include roles in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Oregon Adventure Theatre, “The Christmas Schooner” at The Mercury Theater, and playing John in “John and Jen” at The Greenroom Theater. A singer-songwriter, he is releasing his first EP this month.
Kearney made her acting debut at the BAC in “They’re Playing Our Song” and teaches in the BAC’s children’s acting program. She played the role of Gloria Upson in “Mame” at Victory Gardens Theatre.
Abbott is a regular performer with ComedySportz Quad Cities and Guys in Ties Improv Comedy.
Harris most recently appeared as Vernon Gersch in BAC’s production of “They’re Playing Our Song.” A music and theatre instructor at the BAC, Harris is a member of Barrel of Monkeys Theatre, where he serves as music director and teaches.
A recent graduate of St. Ambrose University with degrees in theatre and philosophy, Stompanato performed for the first time at the BAC in “They’re Playing Our Song.” Previous theatre credits include “Legally Blonde” and “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” at Circa ’21 and “Chicago” and “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” at the Galvin Fine Arts Center.
Warren Levon’s recent theatre credits include “Waiting for Lefty” at American Blues Theatre, “Radio Golf” at Raven Theatre (where he received a BTAA Nomination for best featured actor in a play), and “Doo Lister’s Blues” at National Pastime. Levon’s recent film credits include “Lac Du Flambeau.” When he is not on stage, Levon runs the sound board for BAC Star Productions.
Frazee is a teaching artist and a freelance director/choreographer. She served as managing director for Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, was owner and artistic director of Center Stage Performing Arts Academy in the Quad Cities and serves as an adjunct teacher for the theatre department at St. Ambrose University.
The BAC professional theater series continues with “Songs for a New World,” March 28 to 30 and “Ain’t Misbehavin,’ ” June 13 to 15.
Tickets are $22 each or $20 for Beverly Arts Center members. Tickets for all three shows are $60 or $54 for BAC members.
For tickets and information, visit www.beverlyartcenter.org or call (773) 445-3838.