If you are a Philadelphia-area showtunes fan looking to support a good cause, you’re in luck. This year marks the 14th anniversary of West Chester University’s (WCU) AIDS Benefit Concert and Cabaret, titled “Seasons May Change,” and, for the first time in its history, the Gayborhood is getting in the mix.
Ben Deane, the event’s musical director, tells me he actively reached out to Gayborhood businesses, and was able to score silent-auction goodies from places like Tabu, iCandy and Venture Inn, among others. Of course, there’s also signed Broadway posters, sports tickets, and theater memorabilia up for grabs, too.
“Seasons May Change” supports Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a non-profit organization that raises money through theater companies across the country to support AIDS service organizations. In addition to the auction, attendees can expect to be wowed by a series of cabaret-style performances, including fully choreographed musical numbers, readings and dance pieces by WCU musical theater students.
Admission is paid by donation at the door (the minimum being $5), and there are two shows: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Doors open an hour before each show, and Deane shares this bit of advice: “We usually sell-out both shows, so we do advise people to come as early as possible in order to secure seats.”
“Seasons May Change” takes place on Feb. 8 at West Chester University’s E.O. Bull Center Main Stage (2 East Rosedale Ave.) in West Chester. For more information, and further details on West Chester University’s performing arts department, visit their website.