Southern Ocean County, NJ is home to a thriving theatre community, including two professional theatre companies and handful of community theatre groups. Located in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island is the Surflight Theatre, a professional summer stock company where many professional theatre careers have been launched over the last six decades.
A Song for LBI will take place tonight, January 21 at Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre located at 312 West 36th Street in New York City. The doors will open at 7pm for a reception, followed by an 8pm performance. All performers, stage managers and technicians are donating their time and expertise to the event.
Shortly after the storm, a group of fairly recent Surflight Theatre "alumni", spearheaded by Michael Blackmon-Ham who worked at Surflight over the course of several seasons, joined forces via facebook, as they felt compelled to do something to help the community into which they had been so warmly welcomed during their summers in residence on Long Beach Island. Actor/Director/Musical Theatre Consultant David Edwards agreed to serve as director and emcee. Rob Klimowski signed on as Production Manager. Michael Blackmon-Ham and Andrew Chartier are choreographing.
In addition to David Edwards (Broadway's By Jeeves, Off-Broadway's Room Service), Michael Blackmon-Ham, and Andrew Chartier appearing onstage will be Haley Swindal (current pre-Broadway Tour of Jekyll & Hyde, numerous regional credits), Ben Liebert (Broadway & National Tour of Wicked), Anita Hollander (United Solo Theatre Festival's Still Standing, Bestselling Show in the history of the Festival), as well as Michael Padgett, Erin Maya, Maria Totten, Becca Gottileb, Dan Scullin, Brandon Haagenson, Allie Paddock, Chris Ian Sanchez, Deanna Doyle, Meghan Gibson, Vasthy Mompoint, Jeremy Randall, Sarah Lynn Evenson, Jeff Foote, Michael Padgett, and Juson Williams.
Several dozen NYC and Ocean County businesses are donating goods and services as door prizes for the event. Door prizes collected to date include: $50 gift certificate to Cornerstone Restaurant in Brooklyn; $50 gift certificate to Tchoup Shop Restaurant in Brooklyn; 10-pack of yoga classes from Exhale Spa; 10-pack of dance classes from Broadway Dance; 10-pack of circuit/group classes from The Lab; Free haircut and color from Beauty and Beyond Spa; Baskets of all natural dog and cat food, treats and toys from Hidden Skill; Gift Certificate for Ocean Professional Theatre Company (Barnegat, NJ);4 tickets to Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Chowderfest; Gift Certificate to The Gables Historic Inn & Restaurant (Beach Haven); Overnight Stay at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City with complimentary tickets to "Divas Do AC"; New York Yankees' Legends Tickets.