TARPON SPRINGS — Tonight, some of the area's best performers will take the stage for a single cause: helping the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center community theater program.
"An Enchanted Evening of Stars" is the center's inaugural benefit performance.
Performers are donating their time and talent to raise money for the local theater.
The idea for a benefit came only three weeks ago, said Kathleen Monahan, director of the department of cultural and civic services for Tarpon Springs.
"This is a lean year," Monahan said. "We know that we're going to have to find some creative solutions so we can keep the quality of what we do high. So we're going to look within to find out what we can do with our own community."
Tonight, some of the theater's best performers will come back to sing or dance. Performances include songs from The King and I, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Fiddler on the Roof.
Dance performances will include ballet and Greek folk dancing.
The performance starts at 8 p.m., and ticket prices range from $10 to $25. Donations will be accepted. The theater can hold about 300 people.
Tarpon Springs resident Mary Anne Boone has performed with the theater for four or five years. She said she was delighted to donate her services. She will sing Poor Wandering One from Pirates of Penzance.
"They're such a worthy operation," she said. "They're really daring and very progressive."
This will be the first of many fundraising activities, Monahan said. She said the goal is to raise money in a fun way. A silent auction may be held in the future.
"I think we're going to have to find fun ways where people can support the arts," Monahan said.
Tamara El-Khoury can be reached at (727) 445-4181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.