Annaleigh Ashford meets high-school thespians from Denver School of the Arts at her Saturday cabaret performance. Photo by John Moore.
Tony-nominated Broadway star Annaleigh Ashford raised $735 over the weekend for the new Randy Weeks Memorial Fund for The Bobby G Awards, which supports the advancement of musical theatre for Colorado high school students.
Ashford, a graduate of Wheat Ridge High School, signed 60 posters that were then put up for sale during her two special cabaret performances at the Garner Galleria Theatre this past weekend.
The posters went for $10 each, and they all sold. And because some patrons contributed more than $10, the total exceeded the $600 goal.
Weeks, who spearheaded the creation of The Bobby G Awards in 2013, worked at the DCPA from 1978 until his sudden death in 2014. The DCPA President and Broadway Executive Director was instrumental in opening the Garner Galleria Theatre in 1992, as well as creation of the Women’s Voices Fund.
The Bobby G Awards, named for Broadway touring pioneer Robert Garner, is both a local high school musical theatre celebration and a participant in the National High School Musical Theater Awards every spring in New York City.
The Bobby G Awards are now in their third year. Thirty high schools throughout Colorado have had their musicals adjudicated by professional theatre experts this school year. Participating schools receive detailed feedback on their musical production and may be nominated for May 28 annual awards show, modeled after the Tony Awards and held in The Buell Theatre.
The awards ceremony includes performances from all shows nominated for Outstanding Overall Production and a medley featuring all nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Leading Role. Students and educators also are honored in the areas of performance, design, direction, choreography, technical production and overall production excellence.
And the male and female winners for Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Leading Role will travel to New York to represent Colorado at the National High School Musical Theater Awards (The Jimmys).
Contributions to the Randy Weeks Memorial Fund are tax deductible. You can make a gift online, or by check, payable to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Mail to DCPA Development Office
1101 13th St, Denver, CO 80204.
Call 303-572-4593 with any question
Annaleigh Ashford signs posters to benefit the Bobby G Awards’ Randy Weeks Memorial Fund. Photo by John Moore.
Our previous NewsCenter coverage of Annaleigh Ashford:
Photos: Annaleigh Ashford’s smashing return to Denver
Video: Annaleigh Ashford’s Day in Denver
Our exclusive interview with Annaleigh Ashford
Our backstage interview backstage at Kinky Boots including Andy Kelso
Video: Watch Annaleigh perform at last week’s Miscast in New York
Our photo gallery covering Annaleigh Ashford’s return to Denver. All photos are available for free downloading, in a variety of sizes. Just click here.