So when the lights go up March 22 for “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” fans of live theater will be watching dozens of performers from the Naples Players adult and youth programs entertain them throughout the evening.
“The opening number will be 14 to 18 year olds performing ‘Can’t Stop the Music’ from Hairspray, and they are just sensational,” says Delores Sorey, co-chair of the fundraiser with Dylan Sanders.
The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. inside the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Resort ballroom, where a gourmet and extremely creative four-course dinner will be served along with special select wines.
Former Naples Players Executive Director Jim Rideoutte and his wife Chris, serving as Honorary Co-chairs, will be recognized that night for all their work over the years.
Cathy Christopher is auction chair, joined by committee members Bunny Brooks, Lois Selfon, Paul Sagherian, and Paula Weatherburn-Baker. Jay Baker returns as the special auctioneer. The Live Auction will include a Tauck Tour on the Danube, an exclusive New York trip, and a Chef ’s Table dinner at Avenue5 for 30!
William Boyajian, owner of Port Royal Jewelers, has created a special piece for the auction as part of his Steven Leonard Award Program. “William is incredibly generous to his community and has created a special ring with a two-carat diamond and star logo, which reflects the star in the KidzAct logo. It’s truly special for many reasons.”
Prior to the gala, a Patron Party will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. during the KidzAct Showcase Weekend.
Students ages 4 to 18 will perform for 30 minutes, and afterward guests will enjoy lunch prepared by Chef Brian Roland from Crave Culinaire. Valet parking will be provided exclusively to patrons at the Trulucks’ valet drive through with a parking pass as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be that morning.
The gala three years ago raised $500,000 for the Naples Players and KidzAct, which made a huge difference to the organization.
“We will not turn away any child for want of funds, and the gala is the means by which we can keep our many opportunities open for these young theater enthusiasts, says Megan McCombs, KidzAct Director.
“We are so grateful for this support so we can keep producing quality arts education for our kids.”
Tickets are $350 for the gala and $500 to also attend the Patron Party. Contact Delores Sorey at 239.263.2673 or SoreySan@aol.com, or Dylan Sanders at 239.216.4356 x58325.