Actors Lending Helping Hands

- In the coming weeks, several members of the Omaha theatrical community will help out fellow performers battling health setbacks.

            On Friday May 2nd, Jill Anderson’s artistic friends and family will hosting a benefit called “Holding Our Own: A Neurological Event.” The show is being held to help Anderson after suffering a medical setback in February and being diagnosed recently with Multiple Sclerosis. The event will feature performances from several well-known Omaha performers including Erika Hall, Michael Campbell, Tiffany White Welchen, Aaron Zavitz, Scott Kurz and others.

            The group said of the event, “Jill is an anchor with our performing arts community, and we are standing with her now to provide her with all the strength and support we can muster.”

            Several Omaha merchants and performers have donated food and other items for a silent auction and raffle that will take place during the event. Some of the items up for auction include personalized songs, a gourmet meal for friends, theater tickets, and more.

“Holding Our Own: A Neurological Event” will be held at 6pm on Friday, May 2nd at Joslyn Castle on 3902 Davenport Street. For more information on the event, visit http://www.hoo-omaha.com.

- The Omaha community will also be gathering on May 10th at Project Harmony in a fundraiser for local performer Brandon Rohe. Rohe recently underwent surgery to treat pancreatic cancer (which Rohe has nicknamed ‘Bill O’Reilly’). The event, headed up by Nick Zadina, will be from 1-4pm at the Project Harmony Headquarters on 11949 Q Street and will feature food created by local actor Jim McKain.

- Opening this weekend at The Rose Theater is Lee Jenkin's stage adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby.

The Rose says the show represents crossroads that all children eventually face: understanding that life isn’t always fair, that we are all just one small piece in the puzzle of the world and sometimes, you just have to make the best out of the life you have.

Rose Artistic Director Matt Gutschick said of the show, “Ramona Quimby is, quite simply, a love letter to childhood, with all of its possibilities and epic victories over adult cynicism. I found the piece funny and immediate, one that is capable of speaking to Omaha’s families, and particularly their young people.”

Ramona Quimby will run April 25 – May 11, 2014 at The Rose Theater on 20th and Farnam St. For more information, call 402-345-4849 or visit http://www.rosetheater.org.

Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com

posted at 08:45 pm
on Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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