Finding ways for musical theater to survive in these pandemic times has certainly been a challenge. Not only does social distancing limit the numbers in a theater audience but the venues we use are either closed or so limited in seating capacity that there is no breakeven point.
And that is how the Drive-In Cabaret was born. The building owners of our Studio (Mark and Chrissie Bannister) have graciously allowed us to turn their parking lot into a performance venue. The loading dock provided the stage and there is no limit to the talent in our IMPHuntsville family. Some of our professional alumni have been home and lending their voices to these events.
We have successfully held four Drive-In cabarets to date. Great feedback on the events has encouraged us to do more. You can bring your family, park and enjoy entertainment under the stars while safely maintaining "social distancing". We have had the What’s Popp’N food truck available for your drink and snack enjoyment or bring your own picnic.
Upcoming cabarets are:
Sep. 13 - It Takes Two
It Takes Two….to tango….to talk….to SING A DUET! Hear your favorite duets (and solos) by some stage couples who have lifted their voices in song together in many great shows.
Oct. 18 - Villains of Broadway
What is more appropriate in the pre-Halloween season than a stage full of Broadway’s most interesting villains? IMPHuntsville presents a cavalcade of musical theater bad guys (and girls) whom we simply love to hate!
As with any 501(c)(3) entity, IMP is funded solely by donations, grants and
ticket sales, so please visit the donations page and help us out.
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The Saving Way has four thrift stores, including one on South Memorial Parkway just south of Weatherly. The stores provide a large percentage of support for His Way, a residential recovery center for men battling alcohol and drug addiction. His Way remains open during this time, with about 30 men living onsite. The stores are currently closed to shoppers, but have started doing online sales at their website, thesavingway.org/shop in order to try and make up for some of the loss of income. They are also still accepting donations, so keep doing your spring cleaning! Donations can be taken to their University Drive store (two doors down from Red Lobster), Monday through Friday between 8:00-2:00. Or you can call 256-503-4404 to schedule a pick-up from your porch or driveway!
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THANK YOU QUILTERS OF HUNTSVILLE, MADISON AND ATHENS!!!
Huntsville South Civic Association would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to the Heritage Quilters of Huntsville. The Heritage Quilters were approached by the Madison Medical Foundation to help make masks for doctors, health care workers and Huntsville Hospital. They have several quilters that have been sewing masks and as of April 9th, they have made over 900 masks, isolation gowns and headbands for the medical field. The quilt guilds in the area joined together from Huntsville, Madison and Athens to make these very much needed items for the community and for the Medical community in our area.