Lyric Arts’ fundraiser takes the stage

Next weekend (May 9-10) Lyric Arts sets the stage for its annual fundraising event.

ArtsCabaretDoors open at 6 p.m. both nights, giving guests time to peruse the silent auction, play games and enjoy the festivities before the curtain rises on stage for the 7:30 p.m. variety show.

This event, affectionately known as “the cabaret,” is a chance for Lyric Arts performers to come together for a chance to do what they love – put on a spectacular show full of songs they’ve always dreamed of performing on stage.

Hannah Weinberg, a teaching artist and actress for Lyric Arts, will take the stage alongside an all-star cast for the variety show performance.

“I have met some incredible people at Lyric Arts who have become some of my closest friends. To share a stage with your best friends is the greatest gift I could ask for as a performer,” Weinberg said.

As has become tradition for the annual Lyric Arts fundraising event, guests will gather to enjoy a night of food and drink, song and dance during an evening show composed of hit songs and dream roles from the Broadway musicals actors have always wanted to perform.

The two-day fundraiser (the only annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Lyric Arts theater) gives the community a chance to support local theater while enjoying the theater’s high-quality entertainment.

Managing Artistic Director Laura Tahja Johnson commented about the continued growth of the local theater.

“I am amazed by Lyric Arts’ tremendous growth and how, almost 20 years later, Lyric Arts continues to grow,” she said. “That growth is due, in no small part, to the astounding support we receive from this generous community.”

Lyric Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, relies on contributions from individual supporters for a large percentage of its yearly income. All donations and ticket sales for the May 9-10 fundraiser directly support programs the theater offers throughout the year.

Those programs include productions produced especially for children, educational outreach programs, year-round theater education workshops and intimate live music events in addition to a full season of stage performances.

By offering such a diverse range of programming for all ages and experience levels, Lyric Arts aims to provide an inspiring, nurturing space where anyone can come and engage in theater.

Said Weinberg: “(Lyric Arts) really lives by their slogan, ‘Big city theater, hometown charm.’ The production quality is outstanding, everyone is professional during the rehearsal process, and the expectations are high for every show – and they deliver. At Lyric Arts it still feels like you are a part of the community and something very special.”

Tickets to the fundraiser start at $50 (or $60 for box seats and table seating) and include catered hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, access to the silent auction, and a seat for the variety show.

Lyric Arts is located at 420 E. Main St., Anoka.

For more information, call the box office at 763-422-1838 or visit

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