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Tony Award-Winner Michael Rupert to Perform at Weathervane's Annual Fundraising Gala

Thursday, September 19, 2013 5:26:00 PM

Michael RupertTony Award-winning actor and director Michael Rupert (photo at left) will perform at the Weathervane Playhouse fundraising gala on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

Mr. Rupert has enjoyed an extraordinary 40-year career on Broadway, performing leading roles in such shows as Pippin, Sweet Charity, City of Angels, Falsettos and Ragtime. He has also worked with such theater legends as Bob Fosse, Julie Andrews and Stephen Sondheim. Mr. Rupert won the 1986 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Sweet Charity. His Tony Award nominations were for his performances in Falsettos (in 1992) and The Happy Time (in 1968).

Thomas R. TrotterAt the Weathervane gala, he will perform one of the highlight numbers from his most recent Broadway show, Legally Blonde, in honor of the fundraiser's honorary chair, Thomas R. Trotter (photo at right).

A partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP, Mr. Trotter is also a member of the firm's corportate group and practices in municipal finance, representing issuers and underwriters of tax-exempted bonds. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the American Bond Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association, and the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association.

During his tenure as president of the Weathervane Playhouse Board of Trustees, Mr. Trotter oversaw a 1998 capital campaign that resulted in three new classrooms, a new costume shop, a new scene shop, a fly gallery above the stage (to raise and lower stage scenery) and the construction of an elevator. These additions were completed and dedicated in 2001.

The Sept. 28 Weathervane Playhouse gala will feature delicious food catered by Mark DiFeo/Corporate Caterers. A live auction and a silent auction will showcase fine jewelry, box tickets to upcoming PlayhouseSquare shows, vacation get-aways, hot-air balloon rides and tickets and certificates to many area attractions and restaurants. Auctioneer Bob Hale from Benefit Auction Services will lead the bidding. (CLICK HERE to view a sampling of the items that will be up for bidding at the event.)

Weathervane's gala fundraiser takes place at the Playhouse — 1301 Weathervane Lane in Akron. The Patron Party begins at 6 p.m. and food service begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person (for the "Amorous Patron" level of support) and $125 per person (for the "Loving Admirer" level of support).

All proceeds from the Sept. 28 fundraising event will support Weathervane's operating fund and its work of providing life-enhancing artistic experiences for people of all ages.

CLICK HERE to order tickets online — or call the Weathervane Playhouse Box Office at 330-836-2626.



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