So, you may be asking yourself "What the eff is she doing?" Recently I did Bonnie & Clyde with New Line Theatre, and the director Scott Miller had an idea for fundraising. Instead of dumping a bucket full of ice on our heads; why don't we film ourselves singing show tunes. Now, for some letting the world hear you belt out your favorite tune might be the equivalent of dumping ice on your head, but for others it sounds like a great idea. In a nutshell this is how this video came into existence.
With that being said I would like to CHALLENGE EVERYONE! to complete the New Line Theatre Show Tune Challenge. Post a video of yourself doing your favorite show tune to Facebook, and challenge your friends. Have fun! I know I did.
I've had a few people voice concerns to me that it is kind of skeevy to be doing this, because it devalues the ALS ice bucket from which this challenge is derived. While I'd love to sum this up with "Imitation is the best form of flattery," I know that isn't going to cut it, so here is my explanation. Bandwagon philanthropy has the primary purpose of raising awareness, and as a small local theatre company New Line Theatre needs that. I would like to remind everyone that New Line Theatre is a non-profit organization, so no one is profiting off of any donations made. Lastly some people may think that since this is not a disease, such as ALS, that it isn't something we should be donating to, but millions of philanthropic dollars go to arts in the community each year. Just because this may be an organization you're unfamiliar with doesn't mean it deserves any less attention.
All the Best,