Cabaret shows CHRIS Kids some ‘Love’

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imageThe ‘Seasons of Love Cabaret’ for CHRIS Kids on Friday and Saturday is the largest variety show in the Southeast for Georgia’s largest agency for homeless and at-risk youth. The organization includes the gay-specific Rainbow Home program.

CHRIS’ (Children Have Rights In Society) Rainbow Program provides beds, life-skills education, counseling and vocational training for kids displaced from their homes due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Statistics from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center suggest that up to 25 to 50 percent of homeless youth nationally are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning. The Rainbow Program, one of a handful of its kind in the U.S., receives no federal support and is entirely dependent on donations.

imageCombine that sobering motivation to help with a stage show, and the event on the main stage at 14th Street Playhouse is an annual gay favorite. Two nights of “Seasons of Love” are your chance to show the youth some love while having a gay old time.

“This is going to be the best show yet,” says Dolly Fehd, special events coordinator for CHRIS Kids. “These volunteers are absolutely amazing.”

The show features some 100 singers, dancers, instrumentalists and stage hands. The entire cast and crew are volunteers who donate nine to 10 weeks to the rehearsal schedule and the performances. This is no thrown-together sideshow.

imageDirector Mike Beecham turned this year’s vision for a “first love” into a reality. With hundreds of hours of rehearsal (photos), he brings together some of Atlanta’s best talent from multiple arts disciplines for a show that this year brings to life the songs of the ’60s and ’70s.

Three words: big production numbers. Two words: buy tickets. One word: now.

$10 raffle tickets are also available. The big prize is a $10,200 white gold watch by Tiffany & Co. Prizes will be given away after the Saturday night performance.

Photos by Danielle Bose courtesy CHRIS Kids.

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