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The Amazing Raise with Richmond CenterStage

September 17th, 2013 Comments off
Richmond CenterStage

Richmond CenterStage

While jaws are still gaping from the price tag for Broadway’s must expensive musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” which capitalized at $75 million, nonprofit theaters and cultural institutions across the country continue to face the daunting task of keeping the curtain raised in communities far beyond the reaches of the Great White Way.

Richmond CenterStage

Richmond CenterStage

Enter Richmond CenterStage and The Amazing Raise. Now in its third year, this viral fundraising effort (supported, in part, by The Community Foundation) offers a creative way for nonprofits to express their vision.

CenterStage Foundation Executive Director Richard Parison, Jr. has put himself and his staff front and center to engage the community and raise money in a 24-hour period with the goal to reach a wide breadth of donors.

“The Amazing Raise is a great way to raise awareness for the vast array of cultural and social nonprofits in Richmond.  Participating in this initiative allows us to brainstorm and creatively think of ways to reach out to our community and address the importance of the performing arts in our lives,” says Parison. “Our donors know this magic first hand, and we hope that through the process of the Amazing Raise we can introduce our CenterStage venues to a wider audience.”

Richmond CenterStage will be hosting the city’s premiere of WARHORSE in its Broadway Series this fall. In addition, Molly Ringwald returns by popular demand in December for a holiday concert. “There is always something at one of our CenterStage venues for everyone,” says Parison. “We hope whether it’s the Landmark Theater, Carpenter Theater or Dorothy Pauley Square, people will join us as we celebrate the best performing arts Central Virginia has to offer.”

We Love You Broadway, Part IV

February 13th, 2013 Comments off

Today’s picks come from the Executive Director at Richmond CenterStage, Richard Parison. No stranger to producing and directing, Richard also served as Producing Director at Barrington Stage Company, Associate Producing Director of the Prince Music Theater and the Assistant Producing Artistic Director at the Walnut Street Theater, both in Philadelphia, PA.

With an eye (and ear) for some quirkier selections, here’s what Richard had to say…

“Love Who You Love,”  A Man of No Importance
“I love this song because love should be simple… ‘There’s no fault in loving, no call for shame… everyone’s heart does exactly the same. And once you believe that, you’ll learn how to say… I love who I love, who I love.’”
“Call from the Vatican,” Nine
“I love this song because love is more than just romantic love.”

 

“These Boots Were Made for Walkin’,” Nancy Sinatra
“While not a Broadway love song, I love it because, hey, sometimes love just doesn’t work out.”