A once in a lifetime night of dance, singing, amazing auction items, and Broadway talent? Only at Broadway! North Broadway! After weeks of rehearsals and cross continental meetings, Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists presented an incredible night in support of our scholarship fund. Held at Elmwood Country Club in White Plains, the event featured a number of Broadway stars from shows such as Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, and Wicked, as well as performances by some of our company members and staff.
The cast of Broadway professionals, pulled together by SHPAC alum and Broadway performer and dancer Albert Guerzon, did not disappoint. Michelle Dawson sang a moving rendition of "The Winner Takes it All" from Mamma Mia!, Blake Whyte went old school with some Sam Cooke, and Albert Guerzon belted out "Grateful" by John Bucchino by request of producer Richard Turk. At the end of the night, the Broadway cast came together to sing "I Hope You Dance", which was dedicated to artistic director Debralyn Press.
Not to be outdone by the highly talented Broadway stars, the SHPAC family turned out beautiful dance and vocal performances. Young up-and-comer Roberto Molina crooned "Luck be a Lady" from the musical Guys and Dolls, after which his father, a high school math teacher and father of six, gave a moving speech about the impact SHPAC and its scholarship fund has had on his family. Sleepy Hollow faculty member Jimmy Tate wowed with a self written song and tap number, alums Jane Abbott and Jack Lazarus stunned in solo pieces, and a cast of SHPAC company members, alums, and one intern stole the show with the high energy "Uptown Funk" and moving "I Lived", which was choreographed by Albert Guerzon.
The most moving moments of the night were the testimonials, given by Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists' current students, alumni, and parents. One young man described being able to dance out his feelings after the passing of his brother; another student spoke of gaining enough confidence to speak in public; yet another spoke of her connection to the company in the years after her father's death. They described the support, training, and life lessons given to them during and after their time at the studio, which has helped them to live fuller land more successful lives.
In addition to amazing performances, the night also gave guests the opportunity to bid on out of this world auction and raffle items. Lucky guests walked home with Yankee tickets; a Kinky Boots! package that boasted a signed playbill, tickets, and backstage passes to the Broadway show; a free consultation with a Hudson Smith Interiors, a local interior designer; vintage Rolling Stone magazines and Beatles paraphernalia, and much more!
Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists would like to extend the greatest thanks to the incredible cast and crew, especially those who helped out behind the scenes. Special thanks go out to Richard Turk, who produced the event, Elmwood Country Club, Iwona Sterk and her staff, our co-chairs Janice Gilligan, Karen & Mitch Brand, and Anna Brabazon, as well as Albert Guerzon, who was instrumental in pulling together the production.
Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists is a 501-c-3 certified not for profit organization, which has received the Arts Westchester Arts Award for its valuable, long lasting contributions to the Westchester Community. Over the years, SLeepy Hollow Performing Artists has supported the lives of children and adults in our community, specifically to create safe, creative spaces for at - risk youths. All funds raised by Broadway! North Broadway will go towards the future of Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists, and furthering our support for at - risk youth, many of whom attend the studio on scholarship.
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