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The Actors Fund
Dear Actors Fund Friends,
At a time when it's more important than ever to stay connected
to friends and family, we want to share a few of our ideas on how to
do so-safely, from the comfort of your own home!
Plan a viewing party! There are so many festive online shows,
including Holidays from the Heart,
Drag Out The Holly: A Holiday Drag Extravaganza and
Hershey Felder: TCHAIKOVSKY Live from Florence. You can watch with
friends and family via the online video chat platform of your choice
(Zoom, FaceTime, Google, etc.) and share smiles and laughs as you
watch. (And you can take as many snack breaks as you want!)
Give a gift that gives back! Our Holiday Gift Guide is full of
creative items and experiences that are not only great gifts, but they
also benefit our programs and services for those in need in the
performing arts this holiday season. Each item on our list includes a
donation component that supports The Fund, and range from
"Hooray For 2021" shirts designed by Amanda and Anna
Kloots, to craft beer from Curtain Up Beer, to a children's book
about discovering your inner musician. Check back
often-we're updating the list as new projects are shared
Make a donation in someone's honor to their favorite charity! If
you know of a special cause or charity your friends and family are
passionate about, you can make a contribution in their honor to show
you're thinking of them.
We hope you're all staying safe and well, and thank you for your
continued support and dedication to the performing arts.
Holiday Gift Guide
Shop From Home
Are you still looking for a perfect gift for that special someone?
Trying to stay safe and do your holiday shopping online?
Well, here's your chance to get some shopping done while also
giving back to The Actors Fund! Our holiday gift guide has amazing
items like clothing, greeting cards, virtual events, wine, jewelry and
more! There's something for everyone on your list.
Drag Out the Holly
Drag Out The Holly: A Holiday Drag Extravaganza
Saturday, December 19, 9 pm ET
American Pops Orchestra
The American Pops Orchestra is joined by some of your favorite queens
for a concert broadcast filmed live at Meridian International Center,
featuring performances by RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Alexis
Michelle, JuJubee and Peppermint, as well as NYC queen Lagoona Bloo.
The four queens are joined by singer-songwriter Bright Light Bright
Light and Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims to perform their own
spin on holiday classics such as "Santa Baby" and "Have Yourself a
Merry Little Christmas."
The show will be broadcast free of charge. Viewers will have the
option to make a contribution at registration to support the work of
APO and The Actors Fund. Insert the code "ACTORSFUND" as a
promo code or select this code at the end of your order form to ensure
that 50% of your donation is allocated to The Actors Fund.
Drag Out the Holly was filmed live in Washington, DC, at Meridian
International Center following strict COVID protocols to protect APO
musicians' and artists' health and safety. This production
was filmed outdoors in front of a small, live audience.
Hershey Felder: TCHAIKOVSKY-Live from Florence
Sunday, December 20, 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT
Tune in for a brand-new live musical experience starring virtuoso
pianist, actor and playwright Hershey Felder-broadcast directly
into your home!
TCHAIKOVSKY-Live from Florence is the story of the great Russian
composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who found himself in Florence,
Italy, multiple times in his life following very difficult experiences
at home in Russia. This newly created work for the screen will feature
many of Tchaikovsky's beloved compositions, from "The 1812
Overture", "The Nutcracker", "4th",
"5th" & "6th Symphonies", "Piano
Concerto 1", "The Seasons" and more, and will
incorporate both filmed and live sequences performed where events
actually took place.
Based on the original Our Great Tchaikovsky, the online event will
also feature an extended focus on "The Nutcracker Ballet"
(in honor of Christmas) as well as Tchaikovsky's life in
Florence, Italy where he spent a good deal of time. TCHAIKOVSKY will
be filmed live on-location where Tchaikovsky actually lived and worked
in Florence. The event is sure to be an interesting, surprising and
engaging musical experience!
Your ticket purchase includes extended viewing access of the recording
through December 27! All proceeds benefit The Actors Fund.
Ratatouille: The TikTok The Musical
Friday, January 1
The Tony Award-winning theatrical production company Seaview (Slave
Play; Sea Wall/A Life) will present, in association with TikTok and
TodayTix Presents and for one performance only, Ratatouille: The
TikTok Musical to benefit The Actors Fund. Tickets for this
one-time-only, online event are now on sale on TodayTix.com. The
performance will be available for streaming for 72 hours. The
community-created viral sensation has earned the engagement of more
than 200 million fans around the globe.
Tickets are on sale exclusively on TodayTix by visiting TodayTix.com
or downloading the TodayTix app.
More Online Events:
Stars in the House: Mondays-Saturdays at 8 pm ET
New Works Virtual Festival: Through December 25
Two by Two: The 50th Anniversary Virtual Concert: December 25-28
Kris Kringle The Musical: Online Advent Calendar through December 25
to help those in need in performing arts and entertainment.