By Alisha McDarris
MARTIN COUNTY -- Jennifer Jones has always had a heart for children. So, when the artistic director at StarStruck Theatre saw firsthand all that Hibiscus Children's Center does to provide for area kids, she jumped at the chance to partner with the organization.
For the third year StarStruck Theatre is offering a special one-night performance of one of their hit professional shows in an effort to support everything the organization does.
The show is the Broadway hit "Cabaret" and the evening will hold much more than just a dazzling performance. In addition to the spectacular musical that takes place in a night club in pre-World War II Berlin starring Peter Jones as the emcee, attendees will get to immerse themselves in the full experience of the show's Kit Kat Klub.
After the musical that Mrs. Jones described as "absolutely brilliant," theatergoers will get to enjoy dancing, a strolling dinner, live music, all in the same club-like atmosphere of the show, not to mention a cocktail hour before the performance begins.
"They can expect a really good time," Mrs. Jones said.
"It's definitely going to be a celebratory atmosphere," said Marshay Williams, leadership investments officer for Hibiscus Children's Center.
The proceeds and fundraising efforts that will take place during the evening of fun and excitement will benefit the Hibiscus Children's Center, a Treasure Coast organization whose purpose is to provide a safe haven for abused, abandoned and neglected children through prevention, residential, shelter and recovery programs.
"Anything that has to do with children is a cause that I care about," said Mrs. Jones who has been a teacher for 25 years.
"It's an honor to partner with them," said Ms. Williams. "Peter and Jennifer Jones are committed to the mission and vision of HCC."
StarStruck has done similar fundraising performances before, and not just for Hibiscus Children's Center. In fact, the theatre's opening performance of "Cabaret" was a special event for Pediatric Hospice. The event for Hibiscus Children's Center will be the theatre's closing performance, book ending the run with efforts to benefit the community.
"We as a community have to join together and help these children so they can have a future," Mrs. Jones said.
The special benefit performance of the Tony Award-winning musical put on by StarStruck's professional cast is March 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $150 for the entire evening of events and can be purchased at www.hibiscuschildrenscenter.org or by calling (772) 334-9311, Ext. 703.