Sam Poon to Headline Kid's Kabaret Benefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon, 8/2
On August 2, at 7:30 p.m., a performance entitled Kids' Kabaret: A Broadway Inspired Benefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center will be held at the beautiful Ivory Theatre at 7620 Michigan Ave, St Louis, MO 63111. Young actor Sam Poon is turning thirteen years old, and instead of a party, he is returning to St. Louis from NYC to perform in a show with many of his friends to raise money for the hospital that saved his life as an infant. Sam suffered from pertussis (whooping cough) and was septic as a young infant, and suffered a cardiac arrest. The doctors and nurses at SSM Cardinal Glennon saved his life. Rather than receiving gifts for his first teenage birthday, he would much rather give a gift to the children cared for by SSM Cardinal Glennon.
Sam Poon (Les Miserables Nat'l Tour, Billy Elliot Nat'l Tour, Macbeth) has an extensive performance background, having started his performing career on the MUNY stage at age six, before going on to do National Tours, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, The David Letterman Show, national commercials, and a recent feature film titled Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman.
Joining Sam by donating their time and talents to the performance are: Maria Knasel (Billy Elliot, White Christmas National Tours), Maddie Barnes (Billy Elliot National Tours), Samantha Blaire Cutler (Billy Elliot Nat'l Tour), Jenna Iacono (How the Grinch Stole Christmas Nat'l Tours and the voice of Libby Light Sprite on Nickelodeon's Wallykazam), Simone Daley, Abby Pineda, Marissa Pineda, Grace Jegle, Caroline Robinson, Evan Robinson, Rosie Page, Maddie Wansong, Grace Clark, Greta Clark, Isabella Koster, Gigi Koster, Drae Page, William Poon, and Ellie Poon. These children have performed at The MUNY, Stages St. Louis, The Repertory Theater, National Broadway Tours and Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Christian Probst (Disney's The Little Mermaid Papermill Playhouse), a drama student at Yale University, and an actor with extensive local and regional credits, will be the MC and host for the evening's festivities.
The show will consist of musical theater songs and dances from beloved shows such as Nine, Working, Hairspray, A Christmas Story, Annie Get Your Gun and Jungle Book. A young harpist will also feature in the evening's entertainment. The cost of the event is $25 per ticket. All proceeds go directly to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.