Liz Callaway Joins Other DIVAS in Hudson Stage Company Benefit, 7/14

July 5
4:24 2012


When someone says “DIVA”, many images come to mind depending on one’s definition of that word. For Olivia Sklar, an Executive Producer at Hudson Stage Company in the heart of Westchester County, the word means “something bigger and more glorious than everyday that can elevate a concert to new heights”. That is exactly what Hudson Stage Company (HSC) is doing with their 9th Benefit of DIVAS 2012. This yearly benefit is produced to raise funds to sustain the professional non-profit organization while giving audiences an evening of pleasure they will not soon forget.

HSC is a professional theater known for presenting original works as well as lesser produced pieces that offer bold and challenging entertainment for their audiences. Started by three friends Denise Bessette, Dan Foster, and Olivia Sklar in the late 90s, the company’s goal was to provide a fresh perspective on the arts that could utilize the amazing professional working talent that had settled with their families in the suburbs outside of Manhattan. Through hard work, dedication, and a pure love of the arts, the company has presented the community with seasons of talent they could usually only get by driving into the city. In doing so they have cultivated an artistic haven where writers can work with a creative team to see their works come to fruition in front of an appreciative audience.

On Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 pm, the company is pleased to present their annual benefit of DIVAS which Sklar describes as a beautiful evening presented on the grounds of a spectacular home each summer where lovers of the arts can come together for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, amazing talent – all while nurturing the ‘baby’ that is Hudson Stage Company - thriving strong in its teen years.

Guests are invited to bring a picnic, blankets and chairs if they would like to do so for the first part of the evening on the grounds of the stunning home in Yorktown Heights, NY. And then at sunset they will step inside a tent where they will be greeted by returning host Jason Graae (actor, singer, Drama Desk Nominee) who will lead the evening of the very well known list of Divas: Liz Callaway (Emmy winner and Tony nominee), LaChanze (Tony winner and star of The Help), Amanda McBroom (Golden Globe winner and writer of "The Rose"), and Faith Prince (Tony-winner and Star of Lifetime TV's Drop Dead Diva).

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Gregory G. Allen Gregory G. Allen is a member of the Dramatist Guild and has been in the entertainment business for twenty five years as an actor, writer, composer, artistic director, and producer. He was a composer in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, has had over ten shows that he has served as book writer and/or composer/lyricists produced on stage, received numerous grants and awards for writing, has had short stories and articles published in a dozen different anthologies and websites, and is an award-winning author of three novels and a children's picture book on autism awareness.


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