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Friday, May 9, 2014

The Summit Playhouse to Present Cabaret Benefit to ‘Raise the Roof!’


One of Summit’s most beloved local community theaters, The Summit Playhouse, is producing a one-night-only cabaret fundraiser on Saturday, May 31st, featuring some of our area’s biggest and brightest talents. Funds raised from the benefit, called “Raise the Roof,” will go toward replacing the Playhouse roof, which is in desperate need of repair. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception, followed by the show at 8 p.m.

The performers for this event have impressive professional and local credits spanning Broadway, film, television, professional cabaret, and national tours. Among their ranks are award-winning theater educators, voice teachers, opera singers, and even young local talent.

Featured performers include: Philip Alongi, Caitlin Alongi, Jamie Baer Peterson, Hannah Black, David Cantor, Karen Cantor, Adam Cantor, Robbi Curtis, Jeff Foote, Alex Golden, Ally Hern, Susan Kirkland, Lindsay Maron, Hannah Skokan, Susan Speidel, and Cara Talty. Piano accompanist and musical director will be Truc-lan Vu.

Songs will include selections from celebrated Broadway musicals such as South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, Into the Woods, Gypsy, and Les Miserables, among many others.

A group of young musical theatre students from the Elefante School for the Performing Arts will also perform the rousing number from Annie Get Your Gun, “There’s No Business Like Show Business!”

The line up of performers who readily offered to perform for this benefit is a great testament to both their devotion to this landmark theater, as well as quality of productions it has been producing in Summit since 1918 .

Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson also understands the value of the Playhouse, which has the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in the United States. “The Summit Playhouse has given so much to our community over the last 96 years – it’s only fitting we should give back by supporting this effort to maintain this historic building and community theater,” said Mayor Dickson.

Tickets to “Raise the Roof” are $35 for adults and $25 for students. The ticket price includes the wine and cheese reception, Broadway theater basket raffle, and cabaret performance. Only 120 tickets will be sold, and all proceeds will go toward purchasing a new roof for the Playhouse. To purchase tickets go to

If you are unable to attend the cabaret but would like to donate to “Raise the Roof,” please send a check to The Summit Playhouse Association, 10 New England Ave., Summit, NJ 07901 and write “Roof” in the memo line.


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