An evening of music with Savannah's own Haviland Stillwell will raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.
"It was time to come back to Savannah and do a show, and I love helping out those in need by literally lifting my voice to the cause," Stillwell says. "Ronald McDonald House is a really wonderful organization, and when their board approached me to do a show, I was excited to make it happen.
"I am passionate about helping families in need," she says. "I have a lot of feelings about what we can all do on an individual level, a daily level, to personally help people who need it. RMH helps kids and families, and I am thrilled to sing for their benefit."
Three accomplished musicians will accompany Stillwell on Aug. 4.
"I'm bringing three amazing musicians with me - Broadway composer/conductor and my pianist, Steven Jamail; Savannah's own guitarist Sam Gerwick; and the amazing Ashley Reed on drums and vocals," Stillwell says.
"We'll be singing some of my new music, which is hot dance music," she says. "But we're doing it in a very raw way - mixing that up with some killer power ballads, show tunes and pop favorites.
"I guarantee putting a smile on every face in my audience," Stillwell says. "They will see things and hear things that no one else has heard from me before."
An actress, writer and producer as well as a singer and songwriter, Stillwell is known for her work on Broadway, in animation, television and film. A native of Savannah, she is based in Los Angeles and often works in New York City and Atlanta.
After growing up in Savannah, Stillwell attended the Paideia School in Atlanta and later New York University. She was cast in Broadway revivals of "Les Miserables" and "Fiddler on the Roof" and has made several television appearances, including a role in the Lifetime movie "The Client List," with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Cybill Shepard.
With Reed, Stillwell founded a production company, Lighter Entertainment. One of their projects is a web series, "Unicorn Plan-It."She also has done voices for the shows "Bratz" and "Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse" and has even provided voices for talking dolls.
"Our newest episode of 'Unicorn Plan-It' just dropped, which you can see online now," Stillwell says. "My Barbie doll just came out, Talkin' Raquelle, and we're still recording the series, which is a blast.
"I also have three dance singles out - 'MKE Maximum Energy,' 'Infinity' and 'We Fly' - all available on iTunes - and I'm writing new music, working towards an album in 2014," she says. "I just appeared on 'Giada at Home' with Giada de Laurentiis, and have several other TV projects coming out this year. You can see all the updates on my website, havilandstillwell.com, and on Twitter @MissHaviland."
Stillwell regularly performs at Los Angeles hot spots and has released an album, "How I Roll." She has sung everywhere from Radio City Music Hall to Joe's Pub and Lincoln Center, at the Tony Awards and at the 2013 Academy Awards.
While here, Stillwell plans to put in some Tybee time.
"And when I bring new people to meet the city, I like hitting up the museums, Forsyth Park and pralines on River Street," she says.
Stillwell says she loves returning to Savannah to perform.
"There is so much happening in Georgia now, and I anticipate being here a lot for work in the near future," she says. "Savannah audiences are so open, engaged and ready to have fun, like no other city."