We at the Mixed Bag wanna wish y’all a Happy International Women’s Day!
Let’s celebrate the incredible women in our lives and in the world! #girlpower
There were soo many shows and actresses I wanted to use, but not enough space. Well, there’s always next year!
This year’s collage features the following:
Shiri Maimon (Chicago); Heather Headley (The Color Purple); Rita Moreno (West Side Story, film); Brittney Johnson (Wicked)
Pearl Bailey (Hello, Dolly!); Chita Rivera & Gwen Verdon (Chicago); Lucie Bílá (Wildhorn’s Carmen); Lea Salonga (Allegiance)
Karen Olivo, Andrea Burns, Mandy Gonzalez, and Janet Dacal (In the Heights); Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton); Peppermint (Head Over Heels)
Sydney Lucas & Beth Malone (Fun Home); Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit); Pat Suzuki & Miyoshi Umeki (Flower Drum Song); Keala Settle, Jessie Mueller, and Kimiko Glenn (Waitress the Musical)
On an added note- we need more Middle Eastern/Arab/Indian actors & actresses on Broadway!
The poll for this month’s special is ready to go!
[Click Here] for the poll.
Poll Closes: March 26 at 9 PM CST (2100)
Original Airing: Saturday, March 30th at 9 PM Central (2100)
Encore Presentation: Sunday, March 31st at 6 AM (0600).
There are more than 20 choices for you, our listeners, to pick from for the month of March. We added both a Showcase and Theme in dedication to Women’s History Month. Food and Celebration options have also been added since Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day are this month.
How Does the Monthly Special Work?
Once a month, we host what we call a monthly special. The special is decided by a poll open to our listeners with a selection of shows and themes. Descriptions on the types of specials can be found on our programming page, under the “Monthly Specials” tab. Polls open at the beginning of the month and close one week prior on the Tuesday at 9 PM CST (2100).
Running time usually goes to 2-hours, unless noted. Depending on the winner, there may be an intermission and/or pre-show.
We post updates pertaining to these via our Twitter and Facebook page.
Our first fundraiser will be supporting the non-profit organization Artists Striving to End Poverty, also known as ASTEP.
Who or What is Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP)?
Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP) was conceived in 2006 by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. They use the arts as a tool to empower young people with creativity, knowledge, and a strong sense of self-esteem- factors which help them advance their lives and communities. ASTEP also provide artists with opportunities to connect with global youths, allowing them to use their gifts to create meaningful and effective change for young people in need.
Our Goal & How You Can Help
As we mentioned in our introduction for fundraisers, we start with small goals, then increase if we make them. Our starting goal is at $200. The fundraiser ends on February 13, 2018.
If you have the means, please help the cause by donating- every little bit helps. If you can’t right now, share the fundraiser with friends, family, and colleagues! Please note that Facebook is required to make a donation, since we are using their platform.
Why We Support This Cause & How Will Donations Help?
- Access to the arts and arts education is essential to a child’s academic and social development. It improves reading comprehension and creative thinking, as well as teaches problem solving and fosters collaboration.
- ASTEP’s programming is research-based. They employ nationally accredited standards to train artists and create curricula. Then they closely monitor and evaluate the impacts of each program on the children they serve.
- ASTEP collaborates with schools and partner organizations to tailor each program to address the specific risks that youths face in their communities. Such risks include (but are not limited to) substance abuse, gender inequality, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, gang violence, poverty, and teen pregnancy.
- ASTEP’s artists are the key to their success. The quality of these individuals place ASTEP among arts organizations. Volunteers are highly successful Broadway or professional artists, as well as students or faculty from schools such as Juilliard. They become transformative role models in the lives of the youth they serve, delivering arts programming through a variety of artistic mediums, including drama, dance, visual art, music, and creative writing.
ASTEP’s Website | ASTEP on STAGE!
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