Lawton Community Theatre has teamed up with Broadway veterans Jacquelyn Piro Donovan and Peter Donovan to host a live Zoom Q&A, with all proceeds going to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. This masterclass will take place at 6 p.m. May 18 via Zoom.
Cost is $15 per participant. Upon registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with more information and instructions.
“We’re honored that these two talented and seasoned professionals would reach out to us and be so generous in these hard times,” said Chance Harmon, LCT executive director. “We think this is a wonderful opportunity not just for LCT, but for anyone in the theatre community in the state of Oklahoma.”
Well known to theatre audiences across the country, Jacquelyn has starred as The Wicked Witch in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of “The Wizard of Oz,” Mama Who in Broadway’s “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” Betty Schaefer opposite Petula Clark in “Sunset Boulevard,” Lily in the Tony award winning “The Secret Garden,” Susan Lawrence in Maltby/Shire’s “Big,” and as Ellen in “Miss Saigon;” a role she later recreated on Broadway.
Peter Donovan has been working in IATSE Local One’s jurisdiction since 1993, and a member since 1997. Throughout his career he’s been involved in over a dozen theater renovations and restorations. As an ETCP certified electrician and an instructor for Local One’s training program, he is delighted to help train and usher in the next generation of stage technicians. He currently works for the Shubert Organization as the Master Electrician of the Majestic Theater where “The Phantom of the Opera” plays. He is a member of the IATSE’s Craft Advancement Program and a mentor in the Theater Workforce Development program developed by Roundabout Theater Company and the IATSE.
“Jacquelyn and Peter Donovan have so much talent, knowledge, and insight to offer,” Harmon said. “I can’t wait to hear what they have to share. This is the stuff you won’t find in the textbooks.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund is helping entertainment professionals meet coronavirus-related expenses and other challenges brought about by the evolving pandemic. Support from this masterclass will provide urgent additional resources for the vital social service programs of The Actors Fund, including emergency financial assistance, health insurance, counseling and the operation of The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. These services are available to everyone in the performing arts and entertainment industry.
“During this pandemic, we are thinking about the theatre community as a whole, of which we are a part,” Harmon said. “Raising money for the Broadway Cares fund is a wonderful way to unite and benefit everyone who is hurting”