“Everyone deserves a chance to fly.”
That lyric from the show-stopping song, “Defying Gravity,” in the hit musical Wicked is at the heart of the CASA benefit concert “Broadway on Wall Street” at the Tower Theatre November 15 and 16.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides a voice for children in foster care, and for this special concert, local talent lend their voices to the cause, performing uplifting songs from contemporary Broadway shows including The Lion King, Spamalot, Sister Act, Rent, and more.
“This show is essentially about love and hope,” says show director David DaCosta. “The journey of life is hard enough, but kids in the foster care system often have to travel that path alone--without family, without support.” As a foster dad himself, DaCosta has seen firsthand how much foster children need someone supporting them through the journey, helping them find their way to a forever home.
While CASAs can’t actually defy gravity, they can be instrumental in helping the more than 300 foster kids in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties—preventing them from falling through the cracks in an overburdened system. These dedicated, highly-trained community members serve as fact finders, speaking for the child in the courtroom, representing the child’s best interests, and working to find them a safe and permanent home.
The two performances (Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 at 2 p.m.) will raise funds to help CASA of Central Oregon continue its vital mission. Tickets are $40 each, and available through CASAofCentralOregon.org or TowerTheatre.org.
on Wall Street!
Thank you to everyone who supported CASA of Central Oregon by purchasing tickets, buying raffle tickets, and making donations on November 15 and 16. And special thanks to all the amazingly talented people who helped put on our show :
Skylar Adams, Miya Corpstein, Megan Cranor, David DaCosta, Mallory DaCosta, Kara Davison, Erin Felder, Virginia Felder, Kimmie Fountain, Gary Fulkerson, Max Fulkerson, Miles Fulkerson, Donavanne Hinkle, Trey Hinkle, Ryan Klontz, Shantae Knorr, Ken McClintock, Riley Mulder, Macy Pofahl, Brad Ruder, Mollie Tennant, and Matt Vigil.
Summit High School Shrek Cast: Alana Ackerman, Brigette Agnew, Claudia Bennet, Joie Cook, Maelynn Fletcher, Chara Gardemann, Alyssa Grimes, Myranda Hudson, Annabel Hueske, Brittany Lampe, Al Michalski, Izzi O'Keefe, Kim Peoples, Senna Phillips, Maddie Shaw, Ethan Smith, Bronson Torres, and Maddie Williams.
Musical Direction by Scott Michaelsen
Choreography by Dakota Weeda
Conceived and Directed by David DaCosta
Set Design by Thoroughly Modern Productions
Lighting Design by Mike Nowak
Sound Engineered by Jonah Brindley