11th Hour Theatre Company Welcomes Elena Camp And Rajeer Alford To Spotlight Series

11th Hour Theatre Company's Spotlight Series continues with Elena Camp and Rajeer Alford. These local favorites will take the stage Monday, January 7 at 7 p.m. It is hosted (with performances) by 11th Hour co-founder and Associate Artistic Director Steve Pacek. The performance will be at the Proscenium Theater at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks St. Tickets cost $24. $19 tickets are available for industry. Tickets also include one beverage and pastries, and are available online at www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org.

Designed to put Philadelphia's favorite musical theatre performers front and center, the Spotlight Series returns this year with a new twist. This season, The Spotlight Cabaret Series will feature some up-and-coming Philly artists that 11th Hour wants to give audiences a chance to get to know. Hosted by 11th Hour favorites, these special one-night-only events, this season at the Drake Theatre, are designed to put the spotlight on performers you have seen before on 11th Hour's stage by giving audiences a chance to get to know them better. Sponsored by The Happy Mixer Gluten Free Bakery, the evening will feature delicious treats and beverages included with the price of admission.

This Spotlight Series event brings audiences an evening of song from Philadelphia favorites Elena Camp and Rajeer Alford. The evening is hosted (with performances) by Steve Pacek.

11th Hour audiences have seen Elena in Urinetown, Broadcast, and Company. 11th Hour audiences have seen Rajeer in Side Show and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. They have both appeared at area theaters including Bristol Riverside Theatre, Montgomery Theater, The Arden Theatre Company, and more.

Elena Camp returns to 11th Hour Theatre Company after appearing in Company, Urinetown, and Broadcast, and Assistant Directing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other regional credits include: Forbidden Broadway (Act II Playhouse), Christmas of Swing, Sisters of Swing, and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical (Montgomery Theater), Jesus Christ Superstar, Working, Man of La Mancha, and Ragtime (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Baker's Wife in Into the Woods (Limelight Performing Arts Center), and Cinderella in Into the Woods (Eagle Theatre). Film/TV: Dead Giveaway (Shoestring Gold Films).

Rajeer Alford is ever so grateful to return to 11th Hour Theatre Company after scaring spellers and audiences alike as Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This South Jersey native has just returned to life in New York after completing his run on the 1st National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies. Other credits include: Something Wicked This Way Comes (world premiere, Delaware Theatre Company), Camelot (Act II Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Resident Theatre Company), To Kill a Mockingbird (Forestburgh Playhouse), Man of La Mancha, and Ragtime (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Godspell, The Civil War and Smokey Joe's Café (Eagle Theatre).

Steve Pacek is the Associate Artistic Director and a co-founder of 11th Hour. Most recently choreographed Once at Arden Theatre Co. and TheatreSquared. Other recent credits include: Hair (Director) w/ 11th Hour Next Step; Chicago and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Director) at PAI; The Light Princess (Director/Choreographer) at Arden Theatre Co; God of Carnage (Director) at the Hangar Theatre; and Untitled Project #213 (director/performer/co-creator) at the Drake. Also directed Basic Witches and The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre Ceremony 2018 (Director). BFA, Ithaca College.

11th Hour Theatre Company is the only company in Philadelphia dedicated to producing all musicals, all the time. Intimate by design, 11th Hour creates a lasting experience with the audience by producing character-driven musical theatre.

11th Hour produces a broad spectrum of musicals that fill a niche in the diverse Philadelphia theatre landscape: musicals that spark the creativity of artists and the imaginations of audiences. Over the past eleven seasons, they have produced seventeen full-scale musicals, nine of which were Philadelphia premieres. In addition to the World Premiere of their first commission, Field Hockey Hot, the company has contributed to the development of several new musicals beginning with Angst, a ten-minute musical that premiered in the Spark Festival of 2005. 11th Hour produced the American premiere of Austentatious that went on to success at the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and a 29-hour reading of Fantasy Football, the Musical? before its production at New York University. Both Austentatious and Fantasy Football have since been published and are now professionally licensed. In the fall of 2014, 11th Hour partnered with University of the Arts to workshop Persephone Unplugged, a new twist on the classic Greek myth. With support from the Independence Foundation, 11th Hour recently commissioned their second musical from a local writing team, a Civil War-themed project currently titled Something Like a War.

11th Hour has received a total of 55 Barrymore Award nominations. Their work has been recognized with 15 awards, including five recently for Lizzie (including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical), and several individual awards for their artists. Founding member Steve Pacek was also the proud recipient of the 2012 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist. In 2013, 11th Hour became the first-ever recipient of the June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater.

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