Central Ohio thespians will perform Raisin' the Roof this weekend in an effort to benefit a nonprofit arts group and Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Columbus Entertainment Productions 4 Charity (Ce4C), a nonprofit performing-arts organization, will present its spring fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. in Columbus.
Tony Ingham, founder and director of Ce4C, said the production is a theme-style variety show.
"The cast will take the audience on a journey of the tenants of 123 Main St. (any place found even in one's own neighborhood)," he said. "It will show you what kind of music they listen and dance to and even show what one might be going through."
The cast members and their hometowns are: Samara Baptist and Katherine Carr, Pickerington; Taryn Barton, Marysville; Cynthia Chriss-Knoche, Crestina DiNucci and Randi Honkonen, Columbus; Kiele Christopher, Joy Estaris and Jessica Parker, Gahanna; Julie Dargusch, Bexley; Leisa Frechette and Tim Norden, Hilliard; Eryn Hollobaugh, George Kovacs, Kearstin Meade and Paige Meade, Westerville; Heather Price and Bo Swiger, Grove City; Heather Reynolds and Cheryle Shuck, Galloway; Amber Rush, Lewis Center; Ted Sun, Dublin; and Phill Wilkinson, New Albany.
The show will feature singing puppets, roller skating, songs by Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Katy Perry and Rascal Flatts. Audiences also will hear songs from such Broadway shows as Hairspray and Little Shop of Horrors.
"Ce4C is also known for their fabulous Bollywood dance numbers," Ingham said. "This season we have added tap, clogging and an Indian folk dance."
Ticket cost is $22 for general admission and $17 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available online at tiktz.com. They will be available at the door for cash only. Proceeds will support Ce4C and Children's Hospital.
Ingham said Ce4C has been part of the central Ohio theater community for 10 seasons -- going on five years. During that time, about $12,000 has been donated to Children's Hospital. Organizations including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Vaud-Villities also have received contributions, Ingham said.
He said the group's mission is to provide an enriching theatrical experience while raising money and awareness for worthy causes.
Ingham received a bachelor's degree in theater from Temple University. He was certified to be a classroom show-choir choreographer by the State Board of Education and held many jobs teaching theater in public high schools, including Olentangy Liberty, Whitehall-Yearling and Northridge.
At Northridge High School he won numerous awards for the choreography he had taught students in the 2010-2011 school year.
His professional experience in the field includes 20 years of teaching a variety of theater groups for Vaud-Villities, Merry Go Round (The Childhood League) and Gahanna Community Theatre.
The Ce4C was started when Ingham began tutoring employees' children at Nationwide Children's Hospital. To show off their hard work, he founded Stage Kids, the first stage theater group for Children's employees. They performed for the staff members and the patients.
As a result of that endeavor, Brian Harmon, director of annual giving for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation, approached Ingham to see if he would teach adults, put on a show and charge admission with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the hospital.
In 2009, the first show was performed by the group initially known as Concerts 4 Charity.
Since that name was being used nationally already in California, the group had to salvage what already was being acknowledged in and around the Columbus area as C4C. In 2011, the name was changed to Columbus Entertainment Productions 4 Charity, so the group still could use the shortened name, Ce4C.