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Saturday, 15 July 2017 09:37


Rainbow Players join forces with Stepping Stone for entertaining fund raiser

• Leader & Times

For a few years, Liberal’s Stepping Stone Shelter has hosted its big fundraiser, “Spring Sing Barbecue Thing,” typically in April.

That event would feature singing by local musicians and a meal of barbecue. Now the shelter has gone in a different direction with a different season for its biggest money collecting venture.

Stepping Stone and the community theater group, Rainbow Players, have partnered in a fundraiser for all to enjoy.

“This year, with the changes we’ve made at the shelter, we decided to go a different route with an annual fundraiser, and that’s how the dinner theater came about,” said Stepping Stone Director Bambi Fulton. “We were kicking around different ideas, and Ronna Stump is my board president. She came to me with the dinner theater idea, and we decided to partner with the Rainbow Players with that. Now, we’ve made a big fundraiser out of it.”

The dinner theater is called “A Taste of Broadway,” and it will take place Saturday, July 22, in the Seward County Ag Building.

“That evening, they’ll start out with appetizers or a salad on their table,” Fulton said. “They’ll get to sit and have dinner and enjoy a show at the same time. It’s kind of a musical. We kicked around ideas for that, and that seemed to be the one that worked the best. While they’re enjoying dinner, they get to watch a musical show.”

The evening will start at 6:30, and Fulton said unlike most dinner theater, the performance will have simply clips with no story.

“It’s not like a movie or like a typical dinner theater,” she said. “It’s clips of songs from different shows. It was based upon a cabaret show. We couldn’t quite cabaret with it, so we did some of the other stuff. It’s kind of a musical theater I would say.”

Around a dozen cast members make up “A Taste of Broadway,” and some of them performed excerpts of the songs from the event at Wednesday’s Picnic in the Park.

“They did ‘Favorite Things.’ They did ‘Maybe This Time.’ I believe they did ‘Cell Block Tango,’” Fulton said. “Those are just some of the songs that are going to be presented at the dinner theater.”

Rainbow Players typically has an annual summer production, but due to remodeling in Seward County Community College’s Showcase Theater, that wasn’t a possibility for this year.

Fulton said the partnership between Rainbow Players and Stepping Stone has been great from the beginning, and Saturday’s dinner theater is somewhat of a first time venture for both agencies.

The Stepping Stone director is eagerly awaiting what will happen with the dinner theater.

“I’m super excited,” she said. “I’ve been to a few dinner theaters myself, and I enjoy them very much. It’s kind of a nice relaxing atmosphere. I’m super excited to see how it goes. I can’t wait. I’ll be there all weekend setting up. I will be cooking along with one of my board members who is going to be assisting in cooking the meal. I’ve never gotten to see the Rainbow Players, so I’m really excited to see how that goes.”

Fulton said leaders with both Stepping Stone and Rainbow Players are hoping to make the dinner theater an annual event on the calendars of both agencies.

“We’ve talked about seeing how this one goes and if we can work an annual event together,” she said. “It’s been a great partnership from the beginning, and the proceeds will be split between the two agencies. There’s also going to be a silent auction and a live auction there that evening. I do hope it can replace our Spring Sing in an annual pattern.”

Fulton emphasized that Stepping Stone and Rainbow Players have worked well together.

“Both sides, I believe, are very excited about how this is going to turn out,” she said. “We’ve gotten to brainstorm together. We constant e-mail about ‘How’s this look? How’s that look?’ I have been super pleased with the turnout of the partnership.”

Tickets for Saturday’s dinner theater are $30 per individual and $50 per couple, and proceeds from those sales, a silent auction and a live auction will be split between Stepping Stone and Rainbow Players.

“We actually presented the idea to partner with the Rainbow Players,” Fulton said. “We’ve had countless meetings and decided that the 50/50 split was going to be great.”

The dinner theater will be the last local project for former SCCC drama instructor and Rainbow Players director Gloria Goodwin. Fulton said Goodwin wanted to see the dinner theater happen before she left Southwest Kansas.

“She’s been really excited to kind of put it together,” she said. “She actually was supposed to leave sooner and stayed just so we could get it all finished and worked out together.”

Tickets for “A Taste of Broadway” are available at Stepping Stone, First National Bank and SCCC. For more information, call Fulton at 620-626-6024.

“Thank you for all your support,” she said.




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