Divos and Divas unite for fundraiser

Sandra Marlowe and Bill Tindall rehearse the song "You're Never"

In line with their precedent for switching things from up year
to year, board members of the Gilroy Arts Alliance are keeping it
fresh by uniting Divos and Divas on-stage for a double dose of
theatrics. Full article
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In line with their precedent for switching things from up year to year, board members of the Gilroy Arts Alliance are keeping it fresh by uniting Divos and Divas on-stage for a double dose of theatrics.

“People are expecting a show,” said local singer Sandra Marlowe, who had just finished a rehearsing a number Tuesday morning at 7341 Monterey St. downtown. She was flanked by Bill Tindall, a local actor from Morgan Hill who donned a purple feather boa as he lounged on top of the piano.

No doubt a show is what audience members will get when they attend the popular annual fundraiser put on by the local nonprofit organization operating the Gilroy Interim Center For the Arts. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the silent auction, with entertainment lasting from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hecker Pass Winery La Vigna Event Center on 4605 Hecker Pass Rd.

The event has sold out in its first two years, raising a little over $10,000 in 2009.

“We hope to double that,” said Heath.

The initial act in 2008 featured divas only. In 2010, 250 audience members were entertained by an all-male cast of performers appropriately coined “divos.”

This time “Divos and Divas on Broadway” gives a mixed serving of showstoppers performed by a roster of five men and five women, with additional entertainment provided by jazz ensemble Martan Mann Trio.

The production will have a cabaret feel, include flavorful stage favorites and powerhouse renditions of moving love ballads that will “pull the heartstrings,” as Kevin Heath, GAA board member of owner of LimeLight Actors Theater put it.

Located outside – guests may want to bring an extra jacket or sweater, Heath noted – the extravaganza will feature wine, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions and a raffle.

“We went all out and called in every possible favor,” laughed Heath, rattling off a tantalizing list of desirable prizes.

Some auction/raffle items include timeshares in Mexico and Florida, theater tickets, a designer purse, designer faux diamond bracelet, a wine tasting tour and tickets to Disneyland, to name a few.

Tickets are still available, but “there’s no doubt we’re going to sell out,” said Heath.

Cost is $35 for tickets purchased until Saturday, $45 until May 6 and $50 at the door.

For information on purchasing tickets call 472-3292 or go to GilroyArtsAlliance.com

The 10 performers include Alan Hoshida, Don “Elvis” Prieto, Paul Myrvold, Phil Robb, Ted Sanchez, Beverly Blount, Carol Harris, Karen McConachie, Patti Lemon and Sandra Marlowe. Emcees are Bill Tindall and Kevin Heath.

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