From the Bard to Broadway Fundraiser Planned for April 24th

Purchase your tickets now for a fundraising event to support the Scranton Shakespeare Festival and the Abington Community Library. These organizations are establishing an exciting partnership by presenting From the Bard to Broadway at Constantino’s at 1385 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit, on Sunday, April 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Guests can expect an evening to remember with great company, delicious food, and unforgettable performances celebrating Shakespeare’s impact on Broadway. 

Attendees will be taken on a journey into the Golden Age of Broadway through the eyes of Shakespeare, with a program including performances from fan favorites such as West Side Story and Kiss Me Kate which will feature notable Scranton Shakespeare Festival performers including Kelly Jean Graham, Stephen Murphy, John Roman Vachino, and Victoria Ferrentino, among others! 

The event will not only feature a cocktail hour, dinner, desserts, and performances, but also a chance to win raffle baskets from featured community businesses.

Michael Bradshaw Flynn, artistic director of Scranton Shakespeare Festival’s Artistic Director says, “Scranton Shakes wouldn’t have made it to an 11th season of free, professional theater if it weren’t for formidable partnerships in its first 10 seasons. We were excited when approached by ACL to collaborate with an organization that not only shares our mission for accessibility, but also helps broaden our reach to our neighbors in NEPA.

“ It is our hope that this collaboration is the beginning of a partnership that can include lectures and deeper dives into Shakespearean texts and other programming offered,” he said.

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $75 by visiting the Abington Community Library or over the phone by calling the library at (570) 587-3440 (cash or check will need to be mailed or delivered to the library if reserving tickets over the phone). 

Individuals who wish to only attend the performance, starting at 6:30 pm, may purchase a ticket for $35 which will include dessert, refreshments, and access to the cash bar. Cocktail hour will include an array of appetizers and a cash bar, and guests will also enjoy a buffet dinner including meats and sides with vegetarian and gluten free options for their meals, as well as a variety of dessert choices to enjoy with coffee or tea.

These two nonprofit organizations provide services, opportunities, and enrichment to their communities through engaging programs and educational initiatives. The Abington Community Library is dedicated to its mission to facilitate lifelong learning, provide for leisure-time interests, support student research, and encourage children, teens, and adults to read. 

Scranton Shakespeare Festival is a collective of local community members and theater professionals hailing from the United States and beyond. Scranton Shakes offers a supportive community for its artists as well as unique opportunities for audiences to see developing work.

Learn more about these organizations by visiting their websites, lclshome.org/abington and scrantonshakes.com, or by visiting them on social media at Abington Community Library and Scranton Shakespeare on Facebook, @abingtoncommunitylibrary and @scranton_shakes on Instagram, and @abingtoncomlib @scrantonshakes on Twitter.

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