by Kate Luce
It might be cold outside, but the donation of a non-perishable food item can bring warmth to your heart this fall.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Justin Amelio and Staff Accompanist Mariah Boucher are putting on Fill the Cupboard Cabaret on October 26 at 7 p.m. to accomplish just that.
This is the second installment of Fill the Cupboard Cabaret with the duo. Last spring, Amelio and Boucher had a lot of success with the performance. This fall, they wanted to bring an even greater awareness of Food Bank of Northern Indiana, where all donations will be headed, and celebrate the human spirit.
“We had such a positive response to our last effort that, this year, we decided to bring it back - this time with more special guests from the faculty and musical theatre students from IU South Bend,” Amelio says.
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is operated right here in South Bend. They distribute millions of pounds of food to six counties annually and have several active initiatives to feed everyone from children to the elderly in the region. As an asset to the community, Amelio and Boucher felt compelled to make an event specifically highlighting the initiative.
"Art, music, and theatre sustain the soul, while the work of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana sustains the very bodies in which we live. Together we can make a difference on all levels," Amelio says.
Musical theatre students Taylor Jump, Tyler Marcotte, and Jack Saunders are set to perform musical numbers demonstrating diversity and joy at the Fill the Cupboard Cabaret. Musical faculty Emanuel Caraman, visiting professor of music, and Anne Fuchs, adjunct lecturer in music, also will join them for this special event.
The Fill the Cupboard Cabaret will be held in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall on October 24 at 7 p.m. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Otherwise, tickets cost $5-$12.
Come make a difference in Northern Indiana while enjoying the talent of students and faculty.