Jim Anderson has been busy. While directing the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing musical, The Pajama Game, Anderson began directing the Youth Wing fundraiser, Broadway Bound, in which he also is performing.
Broadway Bound raises money for the Youth Wing’s immersion program, which will take 16 students to New York City in April for the Broadway Student Summit, where they will work with actors and directors and tour the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, of which Anderson is a graduate.
Anderson said he doesn’t mind being so busy because of what this show means to the students.
“Theater is important, whether the kids pursue it as a career or not,” he said, “because it teaches many life skills they will carry into whatever they do.”
This is the second Broadway Bound for high school sophomore Kenneth McCormack, who also was in The Pajama Game.
“If you would have told me two years ago that I’d be up there on the stage, singing and dancing, I would have thought you’re crazy,” McCormack said.
“Performing and working in theater has helped me come out of my shell and made me a more well-rounded person.”
A Broadway Bound gala on Friday, March 1, includes a buffet dinner and cash bar at 6:30 p.m., and the show at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $45.
“Audience members will get great food from some of the best chefs in Aiken County and two hours of nonstop Broadway entertainment from some of ACP’s top adult and student performers,” Anderson said.
The master of ceremonies for the gala will be Lonnie Quinn, a 1987 graduate of the academy. The former star of All My Children is now the chief weather anchorman for CBS in New York and is the national weather anchorman for CBS This Morning on Saturdays.
Two more performances will be at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2. Tickets cost $20.
For more details, call (803) 648-1438 or visit aikencommunityplayhouse.com.