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Mann Hall to donate portion of proceeds from Rockettes’ performance to food bank

By Staff | Nov 10, 2010

The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall will donate a portion of its proceeds from the New York City Rockettes Holiday Spectacular performance Saturday night to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Barbara B. Mann General Manager Scott Saxon said they have partnered with the Harry Chapin Food Bank since January 2008 because they feel it is very important to help raise money for the food bank to continue its good work in the community.
“People will come and enjoy and see the show and help with a good cause,” Saxon said. “It is a win for everyone.”
The WINK News Feeds Family Night will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. Saxon said 25 percent of the ticket price will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
“With every dollar that comes in, we will be able to put $6 back out into the community,” Harry Chapin Food Bank Associate Director Joyce Jacobs said. “So the money is very important.”
Jacobs explained that the money will be used for such things as fuel for the trucks that deliver food to the agencies, along with money for the tractor trailers that load food from other parts of the country.
Individuals can “treat their family to a wonderful show and give back to the community as well,” Jacobs said. “We appreciate WINK for putting this together for us.”
The New York City Rockettes Holiday Spectacular is performed in a limited number of city’s every year in addition to New York. The group will have 38 performances during its three-week stop in Southwest Florida from Nov. 11 through Nov. 28.
“There are a lot of great tickets remaining because we have so many extra performances to offer to everyone,” Saxon said.
The Rockettes came to town on Nov. 1, so the production crew had enough time to load sets in the Barbara B. Mann Theatre, and so the dance crew had time to rehearse the show.
“The Living Nativity and “The Parade of the Wooden Soldier,” two performances that have been done since the Christmas Spectacular debuted in 1933, will be among some of the dance numbers featured in the production. The performance will also feature a tap number of “The 12 Days of Christmas” and high-kicking “Christmas in New York.”
“It’s a holiday tradition,” Saxon said. “You can see what they are seeing in New York City and sleep in your own bed at night.”
Ticket prices range from $39 to $125. For information about tickets call (239) 481-4849 or visit www.bbmannpah.com.
“We are all very excited for the holiday season,” he said. “We are kicking it off in a grand way.”
Jacobs said it is quite something to see the Rockettes because they really put everyone into the holiday spirit.