The fundraising events continue this week. In case you didn’t hear about this last week, Kanawha Players, the second-oldest continuing community theater group in the country, is in danger of ceasing to continue. Insanely high utility bills from the harsh winter, combined with low attendance due to the water crisis has left KP in a major financial lurch. They could fold as early as July if they can’t raise some money fast.
This is not going to be easy. They will be competing for attention with FestivAll, which kicks off Friday. But you still have time to help save this Charleston institution. Over the next four days, here’s how you can pitch in:
Thursday you can eat at the East End McDonalds in Charleston. That’s the one near the State Capitol with my artwork hanging on a lightpost as you enter the parking lot. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from Thursday’s sales from 4 PM to 8 PM will go to KP.
Friday, the Wayward Girls School of Burlesque will hold their Summer Semester and teach people of all kinds the ways of the bumps and grinds. Details are in this graphic.
You can stick around after the Burlesque Tutorial and experience “Spider Baby.” This is a once-lost cult classic that boasts the final screen appearance of Lon Chaney Jr. as well as the first film role for Sid Haig, of “The Devil’s Rejects” and “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” fame. The flick starts at 10 PM and concessions will be available. A mere three dollars gets you in to see the wonderfulness.
Saturday it’s an all-day event at Kanawha Players Theater. From 10 AM to 5 PM there will be vendors with art, crafts, baked goods and more, plus at the same time there will be a silent auction of artworks by some of the area’s top artists. Throughout the day you’ll be treated to acoustic music by Little Nomad, Brandi Good and others.
Jeremy Ambler, of “The Walking Dead” fame will be on hand to sign autographs and chat with fans. Word is that a dream date with Jeremy will also be up for auction. In addition to that, there will be tons of autographed movie memorabilia up for grabs.
At 6 PM, the music starts in earnest. Five bucks gets you in to hear music by RFC guests, Miniature Giant, The Renfields and HarraH, with more bands being added as we speak.
Sunday from 1 PM to 3 PM, KP promises “Performance by Famous Superstars and more.”: Also, the vendors will be back selling art, jewelry and more from 1 PM to 6 PM.
From 3 PM to 5 PM Kanawha Players will hold their general meeting, which will give interested parties a chance to sit in and find out what’s caused the financial troubles and what can be done to save KP.
At 6 PM Comedians from The Kanawha Valley, Morgantown, Huntington, and as far away as Pomeroy, OH, Ohio come together for a night of laughter for a worthy cause. This is your chance to catch the cream of the crop of the local comedy scene, all donating their time to save Kanawha Players. The evening will be hosted by No Pants Players alum Lee Hale
Tickets are 5$. Additional donations accepted. All proceeds go to helping to save the Kanawha Players Theater.
As the deadline looms, PopCult will bring you more information on additional fundraisers and how successful these efforts are.