By Dustin Shrader
Witches’ Night Off features the Company Members of the Broadway National Tour, WICKED with a special guest performance by Tony and Grammy award winner Jennifer Holliday.
This one night only event benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Joining Hearts Inc. of Atlanta. Hosted at the Ferst Center for the Arts of the Georgia Institute of Technology on Monday, March 2nd, the evening will be filled with song, dance and the opportunity to get to know the WICKED cast. The performance will begin at 7:30p. According to the press release Witches’ Night Off is, “part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company to support charitable causes. The WICKED, Munchkinland Tour has raised over $2.8 million in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and local AIDS service organizations all over the country.” Tickets for admission begin at $30 with VIP pricing starting at $100.
This spectacular Monday night extravaganza will include LIVE auctions featuring a once in a lifetime chance to join the company backstage at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre.
“Live Auction items include:
– Watch the “GREENIFYING” of OZ’s most infamous lady. This experience includes a backstage tour plus 2 house seats for a performance of WICKED between Wednesday, March 4th and Saturday, March 7th.
Other exciting LIVE auction items include your chance to experience the MUSIC OF OZ like never before. Bid and win your chance to “Sit in the Pit” with the musicians who bring you the Grammy nominated music of WICKED. You will hear the show with so many intricacies you never knew existed.
The last and most rare of opportunities is your chance to win a WALK-ON ROLE in WICKED. This is a once in a lifetime experience… be IN this Broadway blockbuster. You can win the chance to wear a Tony-Award Winning costume and be in three scenes of Broadway’s favorite musical.”
WICKED is currently performing at the Fox Theatre until March 8th. In anticipation of such a wickedly, witchy good time, Fenuxe spoke with one of the company’s cast members, Dashi Mitchell, to get his thoughts on such a spellbinding, rewarding night to remember.
Fenuxe: What drew you to a show like Wicked?
Dashi Mitchell: I was instantly drawn into the musical, Wicked by its seamless transitions. The one thing people can say about this musical is that each scene in the show comes out of nowhere. It’s almost cinematic.
F: How long have you been working with the various charities?
DM: For the past two and half years I have been working with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and some of the many charities they support all throughout the nation. This incredible organization let’s us have a chance to give back. It brings us so much joy and continues to be a privilege to be a part of. Witches’ Night Off is a charity cabaret produced by Wicked company members where the cast gets to perform in our own genres. It’s a production that we put together with the limited time we have while traveling and performing. Witches’ Night Off gives you a wide variety; singing, dancing and also a few big production numbers. We only do a few of these charity cabarets a year and I am so excited that Atlanta is going to experience Witches’ Night Off.
F:What is your favorite part about the show?
DM: My favorite part of Wicked is Defying Gravity. It’s the finale of the first act where Elphaba is flying and all of Oz is watching her. That moment is simply beautiful and something I will never forget. The feeling of watching someone give their all while commanding the attention of everyone in the theater is priceless.
F: Where do you see your career taking you?
DM: In the future, I see myself becoming a choreographer. I’ve realized that my passion for dance has transformed into choreography over the years. This is one of the reasons why I am so thrilled for Witches’ Night Off. I am so excited to showcase my vision and see my choreography in the beautiful Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. I think this benefit will be a huge success in Atlanta, especially since we have the original Dream Girl, the fabulous Jennifer Holliday joining us for the evening.