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Thanks and Awe

One of the things Magic Moments inspires in me is consistent feelings of awe over what people can accomplish. I’m awed over the incredible talent exhibited by our cast members year after year. I’m awed by the strength of spirit our actors show in their refusal to be held back by their disabilities, their limitations, and their experiences. I’m awed by the incredible amount of love and care our community shows to each other at all times in so many amazing, wonderful ways.

Yesterday I found a new reason to feel the kind of awe only Magic Moments inspires. This time that awe was inspired by each and every one of you who contributed to support us during this year’s Colorado Gives campaign. Because of your passion and commitment, we were able to make this the best Colorado Gives Day we’ve ever had

And this wasn’t just the best Colorado Gives Day we’ve ever had by a couple of dollars. It wasn’t even the best Colorado Gives Day we’ve ever had by a couple hundred dollars. Yesterday was the best Colorado Gives Day we’ve ever had by several THOUSAND more dollars than we have raised in any other year.

I. Am. In. Awe.

But then, I should be used to that by now with Magic Moments.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported us during this year’s Colorado Gives Fundraiser. We literally would not be here without the financial support of our community members. It means so much to me and to everyone on the board to feel this level of love and passion from all of you.

You all are the beating heart that makes Magic Moments special. It is a privilege to get to be part of this community with you.

With awe and love and many thanks,

Cat Scheer
President of the Board
Magic Moments, Inc

Shows

Registration for the 2023 Show

Registration for Magic Moments “The Envelope” is now open! Everyone should plan to come
sometime between 10:00am and 1:00pm on December 3, 2022, at Waterstone Community Church.
Please sign up for a registration window in order to even out the crowds, and fill out a registration
form here:

https://magicmomentsinc.org/get-involved/registration/

“The Envelope” centers around a small group of nerds accidently recruited to get a highly secret
“Envelope” safely to NYC while being pursued by the nefarious MALICE organization. They run into
many complications along the way like lack of money and transportation, weather, festivals, and
even cows. The show calls for the Nerds, some spies like 007,008, and 000, the MALICE Boss and
henchmen, a versatile Driver, some teen agents/operatives, some very self-assured kids, an Elvis
imitator M/F, and many more supporting roles with many solos, and, of course, lots of chorus doing
amazing things.
 
We can’t wait to see you back for this year’s fun and magic!

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Support Us on Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 6. Let the countdown begin! Your support of Magic
Moments, Inc. from now through Colorado Gives Day counts toward our eligibility for the 1.6 million
Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund. Magic Moments will earn a percentage of this fund by participating
in Colorado Gives Day! The more we raise, the more we receive.

Despite the many industry-wide challenges, we were able to stay strong throughout, and our board of
directors remained committed and determined by continuing to write grants requests, fundraising,
raising brand awareness, holding our monthly meetings, and offering some of our programming virtually
while supporting the overall well-being of our Magic Moments community.

This past year, March 2022, we were finally able to present our show, “Take the High Road”. It was our
first performance since 2019!

As 2022 comes to a close, we are looking forward to 2023 as we will be celebrating our 40 th year! It is
your support continued support that keeps the “magic“ going. Please see donation link below. Your
support and generosity of any kind makes a difference and is appreciated.

https://www.coloradogives.org/donate/MagicMomentsInc

Thank you.
Magic Moments, Inc., Board of Directors

Auditions

Auditions Now Open for the 2023 Show

Sign up today to audition for Magic Moments annual production, The Envelope.

This year’s production: “The Envelope” centers around a small group of nerds accidently recruited to get a highly secret “Envelope” safely to NYC while being pursued by the nefarious MALICE organization. They run into many complications along the way like lack of money and transportation, weather, festivals, and even cows. The show calls for the Nerds, some spies like 007,008, and 000, the MALICE Boss and henchmen, a versatile Driver, some teen agents/operatives, some very self-assured kids, an Elvis imitator M/F, and many more supporting roles with many solos, and, of course, lots of chorus doing amazing things.

Audition Info

  • Date: Auditions are on Saturday, November 5 for adults and teens, and on Sunday, November 6 for kids
  • Location: Waterstone Community Church – 5890 S Alkire St Littleton, CO 80127.
  • Prepare: 16 bars of prepared music. Come dressed to dance/move. Bring a Headshot and resume (if you have one)
  • Show Calendar: Rehearsals begin Sunday, January 15 2023 and performances are March 30 to April 2, 2023.
  • Ages: 5 (Kindergarten) and up

To sign up for your audition, fill in our online form at https://magicmomentsinc.org/get-involved/auditions/ .

Please send any questions about auditioning, or this year’s show, to auditions.magicmoments@gmail.com.

Workshops

Register now for our Fall 2022 Workshops

We are pleased to announce the registration is now open for our 8th annual fall workshops which take place on October 22 2022 between 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Waterstone Community Church, 5890 S. Alkire St, Littleton, CO 80127.

Want a step up on auditions? Brand new to theatre? Make plans now to attend our workshop! Whether you’re new to theatre or you’ve done several shows, this workshop will offer pointers and tips that will help you nail that next audition AND be more familiar with the stage around you.  Here’s what we have in store for you!

  • Dance – Adrianne Hampton
  • Voice – Dana Hart Wright
  • Acting – Anna High
  • Mock Audition – Laura High

This is an informational and action-packed workshop that will have you on stage learning and trying new things.  Workshops are rotating so you will be able to participate in all of them! Partners will be available. Check in begins at 8:30 am, workshops start promptly at 9:00 am.

Space is limited.  Cost is $30.  You must be at least 8 years old to attend.

  • Please bring your audition piece, lyrics with music and tracks for mock audition
  • Please wear appropriate clothing for movement
  • Bring a snack, water is provided

Register online here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?donation=mmi

Have Questions? Contact Ruby Hershberger 720-333-7132 or ruby_hershberger@yahoo.com


Workshop Instructors

Dana Hart Wright is an actor/singer/director who has performed in NY, regionally and throughout the Denver metro area. She holds a BM in musical theatre from NYU and an MFA in theatre performance from Naropa University. Upon receiving her MFA, Dana taught acting and musical theatre on the college level for a number of years. As a career changer, after teaching special education for years, Dana now works for 27J schools in Brighton coaching all of the district’s secondary special education teachers. Dana also maintains a private voice and acting studio out of her home where she works with students ages 7 through adult. Her next project is directing “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” for Ovation West in Evergreen. As a member of the Magic Moments Board of Directors, Dana is elated to be participating in this workshop.

Laura High has been involved with Magic Moments since 1994! She is a well know voice teacher and costumer and has used both those talents in past productions of magic moments. Magic Moments allows everyone to realize their theater fantasies and Laura is very proud to be a part of this great organization!

Anna Maria High is well known for brassy, buxom, belty roles with attitude. Best known for the one woman show Hi Hat Hattie, and her portrayal of Serena in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Aurora Fox. Other credits: The SpongeBob Musical (Pearl Krabs); White Christmas (Martha Watson); Avenue Q (Gary Coleman); Disenchanted (The Princess Who Kissed the Frog); Once on this Island (Mama Euralie); The Color Purple (Sofia); Dreamgirls (Effie White); Chicago (Mama Morton); Smokey Joe’s Cafe (BJ); Violet the Musical (Lula); Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend).

Adrianne is an award-winning musical theatre performer and choreographer. LA credits include being a two-time Scenie Award and ITL Award winner for her performances in Chicago and Born Yesterday. She recently performed Cassie in A Chorus Line at Sierra Repertory Theatre, performed several supporting roles at the Candlelight Theatre, Sheila in A Chorus Line at Centerstage in Fontana and danced professionally in a contemporary dance company in LA and Danced professionally in NY. She also played Val in A Chorus Line under the direction of Kay Cole the original “Maggie”. Denver credits include being the first Cassie to perform the original choreography that was used in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line under the direction of Michael Gorman. She also starred as Cassie in A Chorus Line at the Pace Center, has performed many performances at the Arvada Center and played Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot at the Vintage Theatre. She won Best Actress for her performance as Olive in Bullets Over Broadway as well as winning best choreography for Tuck Everlasting at the vintage theatre. She earned 3 nominations from Broadway World and won two for best choreography. She was also nominated for many performances. Adrianne also won 2 Best Choreographer Awards from The Marlowe Awards.

EventsScholarships

A Fun Time For All

Last night was our annual dinner picnic. It was fun to reconnect with everyone! Thank to everyone who came out to make the dinner a success.

As always, we presented the Special Needs Theatre Arts Scholarships during this annual event. Our scholarship program is funded through the purchase of Sweet Nothings during our annual production. Family, friends, and cast donate $10.00 to include a note as part of the show program to an actor or the cast. These notes are everything from “Break a leg cast!” to “Mom and Dad are so proud of you and all of your hard work! We love you.” Keep an eye out how you can send a note and help fund these important scholarships by sharing love with our cast and crew during our 2023 show.

During the dinner we also said goodbye to some outgoing board members, with a special thank you to Ted Kuenz who was on the board for 17 years and served as President for 9 of those years. You can see our new board of directors on our website here: https://magicmomentsinc.org/about-magic-moments/meet-the-board/

Events

2022 Annual Dinner

The 2022 Magic Moments annual dinner is happening on Wednesday 20th July at Pavilion Q in Clement Park in Littleton (7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123).

Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Price: $7 person (age 5 and up) – Cash, Check or Card at the door.

Main BBQ course and drinks will be provided.

Please sign-up to bring a side dish or dessert.

RSVP by July 15th to Marjorie Olson molsonmsw@aol.com

No alcohol is allowed in the park.

Scholarships

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The application form is now open for folks interested in applying for the annual Magic Moments Special Needs Theatre Arts Scholarship.

The scholarship opportunity is open to any special needs cast member (from the prior two year’s casts) who is interested in furthering their education in music, dance, voice, acting or any aspect of theatre arts they choose. To apply please fill in the online application form at https://magicmomentsinc.org/special-needs-theatre-arts-scholarship-application/.

Each selected recipient is eligible for up to $500. Winners will be announced at the annual Magic Moments dinner held during the summer (date TBD). Scholarship funds can be used from the date of the award until June 30, 2023.

Fundraisers

Sponsorship opportunities for our 2022 Golf Tourney

We are holding a golf fundraiser on Sunday August 14th at City Park Golf Course. Please consider contributing in any way possible as all donations are tax deductible. Magic Moments Inc. operates as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization EIN #84-1066189.

Listed below is more information on what sponsorship levels we have available and other ways you can contribute. If you have any questions please contact Ted Kuenz whose contact details are at the end of this post. We also have a letter you can share with potential sponsors you can download here.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:
Title Sponsor – $7500
Includes hole choice, podium opportunity, advertising at registration, foursome fee

Corporate Sponsor – $5000
Includes hole choice, advertising at registration, foursome fee

Hole In One Sponsor – $3000
Includes large signage at designated hole and foursome fee

Drink Cart Sponsor – $2000
Includes advertising on cart and foursome fee

Hole Sponsor – $200
Includes signage at hole

In kind donations are also tax deductible and can be used as prize giveaways such as gift cards, products, or services.

A little about us:

The goal of the organization is to raise community awareness of the special gifts of persons with physical and developmental disabilities and to provide our diverse cast with the opportunity to stretch their talents and give back to their community through theatrical performance. We provide our disabled cast members the opportunity to perform alongside professional actors and to be trained by professional staff in a nurturing environment that builds their confidence, self-sufficiency, and self-worth, which carries to their daily life. The families of these people are affected as well as they witness the personal growth of their loved ones. Many caregivers have noted a marked improvement in the attitude, ability and personality of their loved one as a result of their experience in a Magic Moments show. The sense of pride that these families feel in watching their loved ones transcend has a positive effect on everyone involved.

Many thanks for your consideration,

Ted Kuenz
President
Magic Moments Inc
303-877-1464

Fundraisers

Golf Fundraiser on Aug 14th 2022 at City Park Golf Course

Magic Moments is pleased to announce that we will be running another golf fundraiser on Sunday August 14th 2021.

The fundraiser will take place at the City Park Golf Course with an 7:30AM shotgun start.

Check in for the event begins at 7am and we will be running in a 4 person team scramble format.

If you can’t make your own team of four please let us know when you sign up so we can group you together with other small groups.

The cost is $100 per person and includes golf, carts, lunch, and prizes.

To register for the event please signup here.

Feel free to print and share our flyer with anyone you think might be interested in participating.