Orpheum 'Musical Chairs' Showing Benefits Dance Scholarship Program

By: James Cole

Topics: Benefits

A scene from “Musical Chairs,” which will be shown at the Chatham Orpheum Theater to benefit Chance to Dance, a program that provides dance scholarships to Cape youngsters.

The romantic comedy-drama “Musical Chairs” will be screened at The Chatham Orpheum Theater on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m., with proceeds to benefit Adam in Chatham’s youth dance scholarship program Chance to Dance.

“Musical Chairs” is a charming variation on the “Boy Meets Girl” theme, following the lives of Armando (E.J. Bonilla), who lives in the Bronx and works in his family’s restaurant, and Mia (Leah Pipes), from the Upper East Side. They meet at a dance studio where Armando also works as a part-time janitor, and it isn’t long before a spark is ignited between them. But when Mia is in an accident, Armando takes it upon himself to keep her from giving up, discovering an outlet for Mia’s grief and providing inspiration to other patients as well.

“Musical Chairs” features an accomplished cast including Laverne Cox and Priscilla Lopez, (one of the original cast of Broadway’s “A Chorus Line”), and includes important messages about diversity, acceptance, inclusivity and hope. Following the screening, the film’s producer Janet Carrus will conduct a Q&A with the audience. Carrus actually attended the first presentation of “Musical Chairs” when it was shown by the Chatham Orpheum in August 2012 before construction had begun in the remains of the vacated CVS store. At the conclusion of the film, Carrus presented a $10,000 check payable to the Orpheum Theater.

General admission is $15; VIP pre-show and reception $75.

The VIP pre-show and reception begins at 5:30 p.m. at St. Christopher’s Parish Hall next door to the Orpheum. Reception includes ballroom dance performances, champagne and chocolates, and open dancing. Performers include ballroom champion/instructor Adam Spencer, Janet Carrus, and students from the Chance to Dance youth ballroom scholarship program. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served at the Orpheum Café starting at 6:45 p.m., with cocktails available for purchase. VIPs also get premium, reserved seating in the theater. Both tickets include a Q&A with producer Carrus after the show. Screening begins at 7:30 p.m.

Proceeds from this screening benefit Chance to Dance. Students are coached by Adam Spencer in both group classes and private lessons. Many of the scholarship recipients are already competing in nationally-sanctioned competitions. Their shoes, regulation dancewear, competition fees, and other incidental costs are absorbed by the Chance to Dance Scholarship Fund. To date a dozen Cape youngsters, kids and teens, have trained with Adam to compete in ballroom and Latin dance. The program costs $22,000 to run annually.

This event is sponsored by Studio 878 Trust, a 501(c)3 organization. Tickets can be purchased online at adaminchatham.com/musical-chairs. The film is appropriate for age 12 and up. For further information call Studio 878's director Naomi Turner at 508-320-1465. Contributions can also be made by visiting fundrazr.com/youthballroom?ref=sh_a5t4r1.