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Adk. Theater Festival’s winter benefit

GLENS FALLS — Adirondack Theatre Festival celebrates the start of its 19th year Friday, Jan. 13 with its winter benefit event at 7 p.m. in the Charles Wood Theater, downtown Glens Falls.
This annual event raises money for the area’s premier professional, nonprofit summer theatre.
Each year ATF’s winter benefit hosts sold out crowds, establishing it as a pivotal social event of the winter season. Tickets range from $65 to $150 and can be purchased online at www.ATFestival.org, over the phone at 874-0800 or in person at the Wood Theater box office, Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m..
An evening built around a theme inspired from a summer show, the benefit features cast members from ATF’s hit dramatic musical Next to Normal, returning to Glens Falls to perform only happy songs in a cabaret presentation.
ATF Board member Kristine Flower explained that the benefit’s theme, Insanely Happy, was inspired by the success of the 2012 season.
“Next To Normal, the award-winning dramatic musical, was the top-selling production of the summer and we knew our supporters would want to see those performers sing again,” she said.
Four cast members are returning for the benefit: Brett Stoelker, Noah Zachary, Billy Clark Taylor, Bret Shuford and Mandy Thompson.
From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. before the cabaret starts, attendees participate in one of the event’s highlights: silent and live auctions of gift certificates, merchandise and performance tickets – more than 150 items in total.
Once the silent auction closes, auctioneer Martin Seelye will take to the stage offering up for bid a collection of items sure to entice. The live auction includes tickets to a Red Sox game, tickets to any Broadway show of one’s choice and more.
Benefit attendees will be treated to food from Gourmet Cafe, beer from Davidson Brothers and wines from Adirondack Wine Merchants.
In 2012, ATF’s Winter Benefit raised over $35,000 for the company providing salary support for the professional actors and designers ATF hires to create its one-of-a-kind productions. This past summer more than 6,200 people attended ATF’s shows and events.

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