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October 11, 2010

Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department Presents "Sweet Charity"
Production Benefits Nine Local Non-Profit Organizations

Aptos, CA—Cabrillo College’s Theatre Arts Department will present the popular Tony Award winning musical comedy Sweet Charity, November 6 through 21, at The Cabrillo Crocker Theater. A percentage of ticket sales from each performance will benefit a different local non-profit.

Written by Neil Simon and originally conceived for the stage by Bob Fosse, Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather the misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless lady known as Charity Hope Valentine. Charity, a young New Yorker working as a dance hall hostess, has few prospects in life but always dreams that there is something better in store for her, even though she always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances with the “animal magnetism” hero, the “ultra-chic continental” hero, and the “impossible-to believe-but-he’s-better-than-nothing” type hero.

“Sweet Charity is set in New York City in the early 1960’s when the ‘hip’ new Beat Generation was emerging from the post-war, Donna Reed era,” states director Kathryn Adkins. “Young people were trying to make sense of life through poetry, bongos and the works of French surrealists like Jean Genet and Marcel Duchamp. Charity is a free spirit, hopeful for the future, who embraces life. She could easily be a ‘Beat’ woman and yet at the same time she yearns for a little home and family with a man who will love her. My vision for this production includes all these contradictions.” It also includes choreography by Deanna Ross and musical direction and live orchestra conducted by Don Adkins.

Composer Cy Coleman has captured the rhythms and sounds of the time, and lyricist Dorothy Fields the vernacular and fun of New York. The show is a comedy in every sense of the word, as playwright Neil Simon has a particular talent for looking at the truly amusing side of life. Don’t miss the classic song and dance numbers such as ”Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This,” and many more.

Pick a night to see Sweet Charity that supports your favorite local charity:
November 6 - Dominican Hospital Foundation
November 7- Walnut Street Women’s Center
November 12 - CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
November 13 - Santa Cruz Community Counseling
November 14 - Hospice of Santa Cruz County
November 19 - Family Service Agency of the Central Coast
November 20 - 3PM Matinee - Santa Cruz Aids Project
November 20 - Evening Performance - WomenCARE
November 21- Jacobs Heart

What: Cabrillo Theatre Arts Department presents Sweet Charity
When: November 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Friday & Saturday Nights at 8 PM
Sunday Matinees 11/7, 11/14, 11/21 at 2 PM
Saturday Matinee 11/20 at 3 PM
Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos
Tickets: or 831-479-6331
$20 General, $16 Students/Seniors, $13 w/Activity Card or Under 10.

About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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