The non-profit, award-winning Muse Arts Warehouse provides a space for actors, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, poets, writers and visual artists to collaborate, entertain and interact with the Savannah community.
But they need help keeping the lights on due to increased operating expenses, so they've teamed up with Bryson Hall and the Savannah Theatre to throw a bash that's part cocktail party, part concert and all fun to raise funds.
The evening starts at Bryson Hall at 5:30 p.m. April 8 for the "Show Me the Love" Cocktail Social & Concert with music by the Paul Klecker Trio. Money from sales of barbecue from Gerald's Pig & Shrimp and ice cream from Leopold's plus a cash bar go directly to the cause.
Then the featured event, a musical revue, kicks off at 7 p.m. across the street at the Savannah Theatre. Local performers include Kim Polote, Trae Gurley, Huxsie Scott, Jeff Hall, Nicole Koplik, Grace Diaz, Miriam Center, Jimmy Coleman, Robert Bush, Laura Keena, Dandy Barett, Bob Fennell, Chris Chandler and Sandra Nix, along with the talented folks of the Historic Savannah Theatre.
Showgoers also have the chance to win door prizes and participate in a silent auction featuring donations from Historic Savannah Theatre, Gerald's Pig & Shrimp on Tybee, Leopold's Ice Cream, Moon River Brewing Company, Parker's Market, BarFood restaurant, McDonough's restaurant, Levy Jewelers, Zia Boutique, Gaucho, John Patterson, Joseph's Salon, Circa 1875 restaurant, The Olde Pink House restaurant, Billy's Place restaurant, Rene DeRossett, The Face Place Day Spa, Melinda Borysevicz, TailsSpin Pet Store, Kathi Rich Boutique, Femme Fatale Salon, Hello Gorgeous Beauty Salon, Old Savannah Tours and the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.
The fundraising team includes co-chairs Miriam Center, Eva Elmer, Jim Holt and Jim Reed, all active members of the creative community in Savannah.
Elmer shares: "This fundraiser originally was going to be in the Muse for a variety show and movie night. When the wonderful people at the Savannah Theatre heard about our fundraiser, they offered their theater, their talents and their beautiful reception space, Bryson Hall, to take this event to the next level and make it as successful as it can be!"
Reed, executive and artistic director of Savannah's Psychotronic Film Society, adds: "(We) recognize Muse Arts Warehouse is a completely unique -and much needed-non-profit performing arts space in this area.
"We all feel that its continued existence is of great importance to Savannah's entire creative community. Once we heard that some unexpected increases in operating expenses were weighing heavily on the business, everyone involved was motivated to pitch in and try to not only raise a bunch of cash to ease that burden, but also to publicize what a wonderful facility Muse Arts Warehouse is."
The mission of Muse Arts Warehouse is to provide a venue that is available, affordable and accessible to all arts organizations, community groups and the public. Since opening in 2010, founder Jin Hi Soucy Rand and company have hosted practically every type of artistic event and hope to keep the doors open with help of Savannahians.
Elmer says: "Muse offer an amazingly eclectic and diverse nature of the plays, concerts, film screenings, dance recitals, spoken word events and community gatherings. â€¦ Many of these organizations would not have the opportunity to display their talents or build an audience in a professionally equipped performance space without the generous dedication of Jin Hi and Mark in keeping the Muse Arts Warehouse affordable and open to all."
"Everyone involved in putting this special event together have been very touched by the amount of support we have received from local individuals, businesses and performers," Reed says.
"The fact that the Historic Savannah Theatre would not only offer the use of their larger space for this show (their theater holds approximately five times as many audience members as Muse), but also that their cast would join with our assembled performers in the show itself, is a testament to the support that exists in the local music and theater communities. When one of our peers needs assistance, folks can be counted on to step up and donate their time, talent and expertise to such a worthy cause."
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS SERVED BY THE MUSE ARTS WAREHOUSE
The Odd Lot Improv Comedy Troupe
Spitfire Poetry Group
Vinyl 912 (or Vinyl Appreciation)
The Collective Face (David Poole, Dandy Barrett)
Psychotronic Film Society (Jim Reed)
A.W.O.L. (DaVena and Tony Jordan)
Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Company
Drama Bums (Sheila Lynn Bolda)
FairWeather Productions (Amy Kagan, Bill DeYoung)
Bay Street Theatre (Travis Harold Cole)
The Savannah Community Theatre (Tommy Coleman)
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Muse Arts Warehouse Fundraiser
WHEN and WHERE: 5:30 p.m. April 8, Bryson Hall at 5 East Perry St.; Musical Revue starts at 7 p.m. at the Historic Savannah Theatre at 222 Bull St.
COST: Cash bar and food from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Bryson Hall; $20 at the door for Musical Revue
CONTACT: Join the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/
488086061245623, email Eva Elmer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 912-441-6152. For more information, visit www.musesavannah.org, and if you can't make it to the show but still want to help, click the donate button on their home page.