26 Hours of Live Performances Set for Chance Theater's 24-Hour Chance-A-Thon This Weekend
Chance Theater is officially announcing the performance line-up for our third annual 24hr Chance-a-thon, which will take place today, March 22 from 10am-11pm, and Sunday, March 23 from 9am-10pm.
This year's Chance-a-thon will actually feature 26 hours of live entertainment from 25 different acts. The community response to the Chance's call for artists and would-be performers resulted in a high number of submissions, all wanting to share their talent in support of the Chance.
Below is this year's line-up. The event is broken up into four "marathon legs." This allows patrons who want to support the Chance's commitment to local artists and youth arts education to sign up as Chance Marathoners. These special Chance-a-thon team members see six hours of live performances for free and receive donor benefits in exchange for raising $120 in support of Chance Theater.
DAY 1 - Saturday, March 22
Leg 1: 10am-4pm
10am "Learn the choreography from Lysistrata Jones" - with Kelly Todd
Ever dreamed of trying out cheerleading? Want to try some big basketball moves? Then come on out for a super fun dance class taught by our award-winning choreographer.
11am "Community Speak Up" - with Marilyn Boehm, Sarah DuVal, Maile Fok, Christopher Hughes, Courtney Mitchell and Regina Niles
Thanks to a grant from the Orange County Community Foundation, a few supporters of the Chance were selected to work with our artists to present something wholly original as part of the Chance-a-thon.
12pm "Friday Night Film Fights" - a live podcast with Sam Well and Kyle Haas
A podcast that pits two films -- "The Mighty Ducks" and "Bad News Bears" -- against each other in a battle for cinematic supremacy. Hosts Kyle Haas and Sam Well are joined by Chance Theater Member Casey Long.
1pm "Rachel Mount" - a cabaret
Rachel will be singing different songs ranging from musical theatre to pop, ballads to up tempo pieces.
2pm "Truth Be Told" - a one-man play with Doyle Smiens
This one-man show will use dramedy storytelling to share this man's journey to his truth. The story will unfold as Doyle shares about his life in small town, his big family and coming into his own knowing. Contains some adult material
3pm "Dis-FUN-ction" - a cabaret with Joanne Juliet Lapointe
A hilarious journey about all things grown-up told through song.
Leg 2: 4pm-10pm (with a bonus 10pm slot)
4pm "King of the World" - a cabaret with Ana Bomgaars and friends
Join us for a unique tribute that will take you on a stylistic journey through the repertoire of modern day Musical Theatre legend, Jason Robert Brown.
5pm "Pump Room 111" - a new play by Gabriel Carrasco
Based on the true story of three sailors who fought to save the USS West Virginia during the Pearl Harbor attack and became trapped at their battle-station when the ship sank to the harbor's bottom.
6pm "So Happy (Singing) Together" - a concert with Robyn and Robert Wallace
For the first time since they were in high school, Robert and Robyn Wallace will take the stage together in this delightful musical journey!
7pm "Seventh Street Jazz" - with Cristiana Franzetti
Seventh Street Jazz uses multi-layered melodies, tight harmonies and exciting improvisations to delight audiences of all ages.
This dynamic duo has wowed audiences on the Chance stage and beyond, and they are very excited to melt more faces (and hearts!) for the Chance-a-thon.
9pm "Craic in the Stone" - with Jocelyn A. Brown, Aimee Gomez, David McCormick, Erika C. Miller, Bill Strongin and Scott B. Well (2-hour event)
St. Paddy's Day lasts all month, so come on out for CRAIC IN THE STONE, have a pint, and support great theatre at the same time!
DAY 2 - Sunday, March 23
Leg 3: 9am-4pm
9am "Wild Things Troupe" - with The Wild Things Children's Theatre Troupe
Join the Wild Things on stage for some interactive FUN! We will also have some awesome musical performances for you to enjoy to round out our time together. Fun for all ages!
10am "Speak the Speech" - with OCSA students
Actors and Singers from the Orange County School of the Arts will perform monologues, scenes, songs, and even some famous impressions!
11am "Take a Chance!" - a musical revue by Ragtag Entertainment
This special musical revue showcases our boldness as a company of Ragtag characters, while celebrating our unique character as individual performers.
12pm "We Will Rock You 2!" - with OCSA Senior Commercial Voice students
Features amazingly talented Orange County School of the Arts Senior Commercial Voice students doing original and copy pop and rock tunes backed by a live band.
1pm "Musical Revue 4 U" - with local middle and high school students
These future "stars" will WOW you with their talent for performing musical theater and pop tunes.
2pm "Inspired" - with St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church Choir
Let us take you on a ride through the worlds of jazz, classical, musical theater, and even some contemporary original songs.
3pm "The Jenga Princess" - a new play by Tiffany Reid
Two Narrators attempt to tell the story of a Princess who runs away to find her Prince. Instead she finds rabies, murderous acrobats and the Narrators find their own relationship more interesting than their story.
Leg 4: 4pm-10pm
4pm "Judevine: A Solo" - starring Brian Rickel, directed by Kari Hayter
Brian Rickel's solo adaptation of author David Budbill's epic story pares 24 characters down to 14 and plays them all himself.
5pm "Ragtime For All Time" - with Eric Marchese
Eric's act encompasses selections from the ragtime era (1897-1917) as well as contemporary ragtime pieces, including some of his own ragtime compositions.
6pm "Blue Skies" - a concert with Erika C. Miller, Rob Blaney, Jon Hyrkas and Bill Strongin
After sold out Chance-a-thon performances in 2012 and 2013, Chance co-founder Erika C. Miller is back with a whole new set of Simply Good Music.
7pm "Miscast: A Broadway Cabaret!" - with Jared Kaitz and friends
Miscast is a show about performing the roles you have always wanted to play, but have been unable to, due to race, gender, type, etc...
8pm "Improv Comedy" - with Secret City Comics Society
Secret City Comics Society creates comedic scenes based on audience suggestions. Secret City turns everyday life and flips it on its head though comedy and music. Scenes are appropriate for all ages.
9pm "Role Reversal 2" - with Laura M. Hathaway, Katie Brown and Matt Takahashi
Role Reversal is back! We are turning Musical Theater standards on their heads by switching genders and giving new meanings to some of your favorite tunes.
The 24hr Chance-a-thon is a weekend immersed in theater. Artists and community members alike come together for a marathon of live performances to raise money for the Chance. This is the third year the Chance has presented its 24hr Chance-a-thon, a unique fundraiser that harnesses the talents and support from our local community. This special event has been a great way for the Chance to bond with its patrons and artists while we all work together to raise money for our education outreach programs and regular season. Last year, through 633 audience members, 221 donors, 50 fundraisers and over 100 artists, the event raised $31,116.
This will be the first year that the event will take place in Chance Theater's new home, which can seat up to 150 patrons eager to experience something new and get in on the fun.
To purchase tickets, or get more information about the performances, visit www.ChanceTheater.com/24hr or call Chance Theater at (714) 777-3033. Chance Theater is located at the Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center, 5522 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807.