Kent State University Porthouse Theater cast members sing at fundraiser (with gallery)

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Cast members of the Kent State University Porthouse Theater figuratively sang for their supper in a fundraising appeal hosted by Dave and Sherry Joy at their Franklin Township home on a recent Sunday.

The performers raised more than $16,000 for their efforts.

More than 100 Porthouse patrons from Portage and Summit counties nibbled on heavy hors d'ouvres and beverages served up by the Joys, their children and friends as performers assembled in the living room, ready to sing accompanied by Porthouse Musical Director Jonathan Swoboda at the piano.

Cindy Stillings, director of the Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance, and Terri Kent, artistic director of Porthouse Theater, explained how student sponsorships make working at Porthouse a better and more complete experience.

Before the event concluded, all 48 students had received sponsorships at $300 per student.

This is the fourth year the Joys have hosted the event.

The Porthouse season opens June 13 with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific." Following its run, "Working," a Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso musical based on works by Studs Terkel, opens July 4.

The ever popular "Fiddler on the Roof" by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick opens July 25 and runs through Aug. 11.

Subscriptions and ticket packages are currently on sale and are available by calling 330-672-3884 or sending an email to porthouse@kent.edu.

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