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World AIDS Day 2014

13051-01-aidsWorld AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Sponsored by the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and NORA (Northern Ohio Recovery Association), a schedule of community events can be viewed below:

HIV Testing with our mobile testing unit will take place at Public Square on Monday, Dec. 1st from 12pm-6pm.  Join Radio One, AIDS Funding Collaborative and the staff of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, an affiliate of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, for this event aimed having everyone know their HIV status. About one in four people with HIV don’t know that they are infected. HIV is often asymptomatic for years, so the only way to know your status is to get tested. The earlier HIV is discovered, the better it can be treated.  Our goal?  20 million people in care by 2020.

Join us at the AIDS Taskforce office (2829 Euclid Avenue)  from 6-8pm on Monday, December 1st for a candlelight vigil to raise awareness, support those living with the virus, & remember those who have passed on.

A drag/fashion show will immediately follow the candlelight vigil at 4700 Prospect Avenue from 8-11pm.

Please call 216-621-0766 for more details.

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For Michael…

It is with heavy hearts that we tell you all that our beloved Michael Conroy has passed away. Michael was the Senior Housing Case Manager here at the Taskforce for over 15 years. We will miss his gentle spirit and light.

Michael’s Obituary

 

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The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Tickets are on sale now for our 13th annual benefit musical for the AIDS TASKFORCE OF GREATER CLEVELAND

This year’s production is
“THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL”christmaslogo

Book by Betsy Kelso
Music & lyrics by David Nehls

MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014
Cassidy Theatre
6200 Pearl Rd, Parma Heights
Curtain time is 8:00pm
Tickets $25

It’s Christmas in August as we present this sequel to “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” which was performed as the ATFGC / CAN benefit in 2009 – but you’ll enjoy this holiday romp whether you saw the original or not! Betty, the manager of Armadillo Acres trailer park, is back, with her friends Lin and Pickles, and they’re getting ready for Christmas…but neighbor Darlene Seward wants no part of it. She and her greedy fiancé, restaurant mogul Jackson Boudreau, say “Bah, humbug!” to the Christmas celebrations, until Darlene is accidentally electrocuted by holiday lights and loses her memory — and her Scrooge-like attitude. As visions of sugarplums dance in her head, Darlene finds herself spending time with Rufus, the redneck in the next trailer over…and Jackson finds himself confused by everything that’s going on. With three ghosts, a magic Christmas tree, a drunken drugstore Santa, and a lot of holiday tunes, Betty, Lin and Pickles help Darlene sort out her life, her relationships, and her feelings about Christmas – just in time for the holiday!

Our cast features
KEVIN JOSEPH KELLY as Betty
EILEEN BURNS as Lin
CAITLIN ELIZABETH REILLY* as Pickles
AMIEE COLLIER as Darlene
DAN FOLINO* as Rufus
RACHEL SPENCE as Jackson
Ensemble: PAT MILLER and BRIAN BOWERS

Directed by CURT ARNOLD
Musical Direction by JORDAN COOPER
Choreography by CAITLIN ELIZABETH REILLY*
Costume Design by JENNIVER SPARANO
Lighting Design by ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Sound Design by RICHARD B. INGRAHAM
Stage Manager — TOD HUFFMAN

The orchestra, led by Mr. Cooper, features JESSE FISHMAN on guitar, TIME KEO on bass, and GREGORY CROSS on drums.

“The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” is not suitable for children. Not only does it contain adult situations and language, it also casts doubts on the existence of Santa Claus. The performance will be a staged concert production; it will be performed in costume with some props, but will not feature sets, lighting effects, etc. The show is performed in two acts with an intermission.

There is only one performance, so get your tickets now! Tickets are available online at
https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=90421
or call the AIDS Taskforce at 216-307-2995

*Miss Reilly and Mr. Folino perform with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. As always, a big thanks to AEA and the Theatre Authority for allowing these folks to be a part of our event!

Logo artwork & caricatures by Chuck Ayers

**There is an additional performance on Monday, August 18 at 7:30pm at Weathervane Playhouse to benefit CANAPI (Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative). Tickets are $21 and are available from the Weathervane box office at 330-836-2626 or online at
http://www.weathervaneplayhouse.com/the-great-american-trailer-park-christmas-musical-2014-08-18