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Theater at the J hosts One Orlando Benefit


Chris McCabe and Rabbi David Kay, two of the featured performers at the One Orlando Concert, are shown here during Theater at the J's May production of The Wonderful Wizard of Song.

On Sunday, July 17, The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando's Theater at the J will host a One Orlando Concert. All proceeds from ticket and concession sales will benefit the One Orlando Fund, established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to assist victims of the Pulse tragedy.

Kerry and Amanda Giese, the directors of Theater at the J, felt that the amazing talent of the theater's performers could be helpful to raising money for the medical bills, funeral costs, and day-to-day expenses of the people whose lives have been affected by the shooting.

While they initially considered hosting a concert shortly after the incident, they realized that hosting it mid-July could be more beneficial.

"The times I have lost loved ones, the weeks after the memorials and vigils were done were the loneliest," Kerry Giese said. "Everyone else had gone back to their day-to-day lives and I was left, still without my loved one. I also quickly came to realize that the need these families have will go on for many months, if not years to come."

The evening will feature a collection of uplifting songs of love, featuring some of our theater's talented performers, such as Rabbi David Kay ("Funny Thing...Forum," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Wonderful Wizard of Song"), Desiree Perez ("Wonderful Wizard of Song"), Chris McCabe ("Wonderful Wizard of Song"), Thomas Limbacher ("Fiddler on the Roof"), Amanda Hudson Giese ("Funny Thing...Forum", "Fiddler on the Roof," "Wonderful Wizard of Song"), Elizabeth Loftus, and many more.

The concert, held in The Roth Family JCC's Harriett & Hymen Lake Cultural Center Auditorium, begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are just $10 and for sale at orlandojcc.org/oneorlando. Seating is first-come, first serve. For more information, contact Kerry A. Giese, Theater at the J Director, at KerryG@orlandojcc.org or 407-645-5933 x282.


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