Halloween is a great time for fun... and fundraising. Next weekend beloved island institutions Island Kids and Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance (MSTDA) are offering up an extra special night of spooky mischief to raise support for vital programming that benefits Island youth and adults alike.
Nikki Giovanni and Kristi Towey, Executive Directors of Island Kids and Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MSTDA), wish their events weren’t conflicting, but we all know how busy October gets. On Saturday, October 26, both events will take spooktacular fun to the next level while asking community members to open their wallets to help these much needed services continue to flourish for the community's benefit.
MSTDA will once again harness the talents of local youth for their Disney Cabaret. Featuring young performers from last year’s Beauty & the Beast production, as well as teen performers currently in production of High School Musical, the show will have a Halloween twist with a spotlight on villains. The kids performances will be counterpointed by professional actors and dancers.
Earlier in the day Worth and Nancy Howe, in from Los Angeles, will be honored in a special naming ceremony for the black box theater, The Howe Theater, located in the Cultural Center that many Islanders consider a second home. The Howes started MSTDA as an adult theater. Ultimately it grew to encompass the vast wealth of first rate childrens and adults programming it provides today. The naming is long overdue as the community is greatly indebted to them for what they started.
Beginning at 6:30 pm, the fun will begin, including wine and beer for the adults, face painting and games for all, and raffle drawing for prizes such as show ticket packages and classes. Everyone is encouraged to don a costume. The show will commence at 7:30 pm.
Enrolling to become a donor for the year is a great way to support the theater. All the funds will go toward offsetting the cost of productions. Those who have seen any of their shows can appreciate that quality of the productions is first rate, from the sets, to the costumes to the lights. The Howe Theater has a well stocked costume shop just like a professional theater.
Flier for Island Kids costume gala; childcare will be provided by Music & Playstation at $20 per child
A little further north at 888 Main Street, at the Octagon, Island Kids will host an adults only event with childcare provided. This event boasts a craft cocktail served by RIOC board member and former RIRA president Jeff Escobar, catered hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction, which will feature coveted items like kids summer camp packages and a 5-class pass to the much anticipated wellness and yoga studio Island Om, as well as useful items like a $700 state of the art stroller.
Island Kids program’s mission is to embrace and include people from all socio-economic backgrounds. Last year they gave $750,000 worth of tuition scholarships. Such scholarships are paramount to Island Kids’ core mission, which makes a fundraising event like Spooktacular Halloween so vital.
So go online today and book your tickets to one of these incredible events by organizations that do so much to enrich our community. Purchase tickets at www.IslandKids.org and www.mstda.org.