bergenPAC's 12th Annual Gala
Gala Event #1
When the lights went down, the stars came out at the Raise the Curtain gala on April 2nd. The fundraiser for The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC featured its students, alumni, faculty and board members, many of whom have gone on to grace the stages of Broadway and beyond.
After a VIP reception in the Drapkin Cabaret & Lounge, it was time to raise the curtain and start the show. Emceed by Broadway veteran Kelli Rabke and Alexander Diaz, the school’s creative director and an accomplished performer, the audience was treated to a variety of singing and dancing that showed the depth of talent and artistic offerings at the school.
The featured performers included Scarlett Diaz, a young actress who starred in the national tour of Shrek the Musical, professional actor Anthony Crouchelli and opera singer Becky Hinkle, the school’s managing director. The bergenPAC Chamber Chorus and the beyondDANCE Ensemble also wowed the audience.
Gala Event #2
A private gala was held at the home of Board Trustee Julie Diaz and her husband Eugene on May 6th. Guests were treated to an intimate musical performance by Broadway star Sutton Foster.
The Performing Arts School provides arts education to students age 3 months to 21 years throughout Northern New Jersey. With classes in all types of performing arts, outreach programs throughout the state, and programming for children with special needs, every donation helps create more opportunities for new artists.