Monmouth University’s student-run theatre club, MU Players, presented “Cabaret for a Cause,” their annual concert benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), in front of a sold-out crowd at Lauren K. Woods Theatre on Dec. 2. Directed by senior Annie Sacks, it was the most recent in a series of events in which Monmouth’s theatre students, under the guidance of Sheri Anderson, MFA, specialist professor in the department of Music and Theatre Arts, have supported those in need in the entertainment community.
“[‘Cabaret for a Cause’ is] a great way for students with all different performance backgrounds to get together and raise money for an amazing cause,” said Sacks.
Earlier this semester, Monmouth’s theatre students were invited to join current and former members of the Broadway community to participate in the 37th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, an annual fundraising event sponsored by BCEFA. Students worked directly with the casts of shows such as “The Lion King” and “Back to the Future,” to provide logistical support in Manhattan’s Theatre District. The day featured 55 tables of memorable theatrical treasures, 221 live and silent auctions lots offering experiences and rare collectibles, and 41 of Broadway’s stars signing autographs and taking selfies.
“Working with Broadway Cares for their annual flea market was such a fun experience for our MU Players theatre club.” said Nora O’Rourke, president of MU Players. “Everyone involved was incredibly kind and welcoming. I was appreciative of having the opportunity to work on a Broadway event with great people!”
After the event, Monmouth’s theatre students attended a virtual conversation with Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola titled, “Your Support in Action: Essential Services for the Entertainment Community,” which provided a behind-the-scenes look at how volunteer support keeps people in the entertainment industry safe and healthy.
The Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction is one of the most anticipated events of the season for theater lovers, and has raised more than $18.7 million since it was first held in 1987.
Following the success of the Broadway Flea Market and the ongoing success of “Cabaret for a Cause,” BCEFA invited Monmouth students to be their guest at this year’s “Red Bucket Follies.”
BCEFA describes itself as the philanthropic heart of Broadway, helping people across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.