Audience members attending the Centrestage Youth Theatre production of Hello Dolly this month are being encouraged to help a worthy cause, as well as enjoy the show. Centrestage has partnered with Hibiscus Coast charity Love Soup by asking patrons to donate non-perishable food when they attend a performance.
“We are approaching our volunteers and supporters to bring along a can of food when they come to see Hello Dolly, which runs from July 16 to 23,” theatre manager Stephanie McKellar says.
“Other patrons and supporters will be encouraged to drop cans into the theatre, even if they are not attending the show, but through the performance week.
These will then be donated to Love Soup at the end of the show season.” McKellar said the theatre felt strongly that the community had helped it survive through all the challenges of Covid-19, and the food donation appeal was a way for us to give back.
“There is a character in Hello Dolly who has a real thing with tomato soup so it seemed like a perfect fit.”