Since its genesis last spring, Glasgow Theatre Company has served as an outlet for actors long on creativity and enthusiasm for their craft but, with their busy schedules, short on time.
Now, the fledgling theatre company has found another way of giving back to the community that has given so much to its close-knit family of actors.
Proceeds from Glasgow’s second annual Cabernet Cabaret fundraiser, set for 6:30 p.m., Sept. 24 at the Allandale Estate Barn in Kingsport, will benefit its performing arts scholarship for aspiring actors.
“One of our founding goals was to be able to give something back,” said Chris Broadhead, Glasgow’s artistic director. “All of us have been in theatre and music for years and we thought, wouldn’t it be great if we could somehow set up a fund to give back to some new people coming into this, graduating from high school going into college to pursue theatre?
One of Glasgow’s board members had a contact who owned a winery, and the idea of a wine tasting fundraiser was born.
“All of us in the company love to sing, so we thought we could perform some Broadway songs while we had a wine tasting going on and make it a really special affair,” Broadhead said.
Glasgow hopes this year’s Cabernet Cabaret — dedicated to the songs of Stephen Sondheim — is an encore of last year’s successful inaugural fundraiser at the Bristol Train Station, which allowed the theatre company to award a $500 scholarship to Emma Murray upon her graduation from Sullivan South High School earlier this year. Murray is now studying acting at Tusculum College in Greeneville.
“All of the music is going to come from Stephen Sondheim’s musicals,” Broadhead said. “We have a really big variety. It’s tricky music, but it’s really fun to sing. We do songs from ‘Into the Woods,’ which has been done by a lot of local theatres lately, also some things from ‘Assassins,’ ‘Sunday in the Park with George,’ so it’s a really good variety of this composer’s music.”
In addition to the wine, guests will be treated to chicken salad croissants, ham and fruit kabobs, fruit and vegetable trays, cheese and crackers, cream puffs and other hors d’oeuvres from L&S Catering, along with soft drinks, tea and water.
Reservations are required for the event, open to guests 21 and older. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased by calling (423) 588-0558.
After the Cabernet Cabaret, Glasgow’s members will turn their attention to the theatre company’s next production, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” to be presented Nov. 4-6 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.
For Broadhead and his wife Emily, who serves as the theatre company’s managing director, the freedom to pursue shows and roles that interest them is just one of Glasgow’s many endearing qualities.
“We’ve got a troupe of actors and we generate all of our ideas from within the company, so it’s this group of people who meet together every couple of months and we’re like, hey, what shows do we want to do next year?
“We perform in a lot of different venues and that’s very different, too, because most theatre companies have a set building where they always perform in the same place. We have performed in the [Bristol] Train Station, soon to be the barn [at Allandale], we’ve performed at Northeast State in their auditorium and we’ve performed at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. We go into the theatre, we build our set, we do our show, we tear it down and we move on to the next place. It is very fun because it’s different all the time.”
The Broadheads also enjoy the camaraderie Glasgow affords.
“We’re so glad that we get to do this with our friends,” he said. “Different companies or different theatres will have auditions for a play, then you might never see those people again after the show. We’re the same people, and that makes us really a family.”
For more information about Glasgow Theatre Company, visit its website at www.glasgowthe a t r e c o m p a n y. o r g