A BRIDGWATER venue is set to host a musical theater showcase to raise money for a mental health charity.
The McMillan Theater will host Bisa show hosted by Ashley Ross Quinn with local businessman Ken Baker.
Bis is the sequel to Stepswhich Ashley and Ken organized at the McMillan last year, raising £2,600 for the Alzheimer’s Society and the NSPCC.
This year’s show will take place on Saturday September 3 and will raise funds for mental health charity Mind.
The night of sparkling entertainment will feature classic ballads and kicking favorites.
Ashley, who trained at the Italia Conte Academy of Theater Arts, said: “It’s a collaboration of people who mostly have professional training.
“Some have played in the West End, and we have people who have played on cruise ships and things like that.
“We have people going to drama school who will be moving to London this year.”
This will be Ashley’s third fundraising show. Before Stepshe organized a charity concert on his own to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
There will also be an auction with memorabilia signed by West End artists up for grabs, as well as a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.
The artist stressed the importance of talking about mental health as part of the organizers’ decision to fundraise for Mind.
“When you feel lonely and need support, we want to remind people that Mind is there,” Ashley said.
He added: “We are really looking forward to partnering up. This year, we are doing a lot of numbers together.
“We rehearse the group numbers separately and we will perform them together, which will be interesting!
“It will be nice to share the stage with people I grew up with.”
Artists volunteer to help raise funds for the charity.
They are Ashley Ross Quinn, Tom Crout, Gemma Coombs, Laura Sandford-Hughes, Amelia Seaton, Samuel Howes, Harry Winchester, Mia Huntley, Jessica Gardener, Shalana Serafina and Siani Medlock.
Bis will be hosted by Chris Hocking and Malcolm Cattle.
Ashley would like to thank Ken for his help in organizing the show and the performers for volunteering their time.
Tickets can be purchased from the McMillan Theater website for £15 (plus a £1.50 booking fee).
For more information, visit www.mcmillantheatre.com/events/encore/.