A Noise Within (ANW) will host its first 48-hour virtual gala fundraiser — “Through the Looking Glass” — from Wednesday, April 22 to Friday, April 24 in support of ANW’s Education Program and operating needs caused by the coronavirus closure with a live stream culminating the event on April 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott invite the community to join them from the comfort of their living rooms to experience the upside-down magical dreamland of Alice in Wonderland. In addition to watching live performances of Lewis Carroll’s most famous scenes, attendees are encouraged to follow Alice-themed dinner recipes and photograph themselves in traditional gala attire to share on A Noise Within’s virtual lobby for a chance to win the “Best-Dressed” award.
Long-time ANW supporter and Glendale resident Terri Murray will be honored with the Chuck and Bette Redmond Legacy Award. Audubon Middle School and Arts Active, Inc. will receive the Outstanding Education Partner Award for the school’s contribution to affirm the importance of arts education.
Proceeds from the virtual gala will benefit A Noise Within’s ongoing operations and Education Program, which provides performance tickets, transportation, post-performance discussions with the artists, and free online study guides to over 18,000 students each year in Southern California. Most of A Noise Within’s student participants have never seen a live theatre production before, and A Noise Within is their first experience with live theatre. Learn more about the virtual gala at anoisewithin.org/virtualgala.
ANW’s Education program is also offering three free virtual classes through Facebook Live. The first was Brush Up Your Shakespeare with Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad on April 14. The remaining class is Movement & Character with Jessica Winward on April 28 at 5 p.m.
The class can be attended live on A Noise Within’s Facebook page at facebook.com/anoisewithintheatre and will remain on the page for viewing after the live broadcast.
ANW is also offering paid virtual classes beginning May 4. More information on the paid classes can be found at anoisewithin.org/education/online-classes.