A Noise Within (ANW), a Pasadena-based acclaimed classic repertory theatre, will present its first 48-hour virtual gala fundraiser — “Through the Looking Glass” — from April 22-24 in support of ANW’s vital education program and operating needs caused by the coronavirus closure. There will be a live stream culminating the event on Friday, 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,’” an event spokesperson said. “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 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 more than 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 two remaining classes are “Discover the Beauty and Meaning of Shakespeare Through Scansion” with ANW resident artist Jeremy Rabb on April 16 at 5 p.m., and “Movement & Character” with Jessica Winward on April 28 at 5 p.m.
All classes 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.