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Hangar Theatre's 3rd Annual Charades Fundraiser a Sweet Success!

The Hangar's Acting Out on the Hangar Stage, Community Charades Challenge took place on Saturday, October 18. With the support of the community - through donations to four teams of participants, the purchase of auction items, and ticket sales - the Hangar was able to reach its fundraising goal for the event, which supports the theatre's educational programming, raising a total of $26,000.

The evening started with a pre-show reception where guests enjoyed delicious treats from event sponsor Serendipity Catering and refreshments provided by Sheldrake Point Winery and Ithaca Beer Company. Mark Shanahan took the stage as Master of Ceremonies, leading the four teams through five rounds of charades. More than 200 audience members watched as team members jumped, gestured, and wiggled their way through clues to earn points for their teams and to earn fundraising dollars for the Hangar. Each team featured a Hangar trustee, a local notable, a sponsor representative, and a Hangar star returning to the stage after performing in a Mainstage show this summer. The Hangar stars performed a show-stopping halftime act directed by the Hangar's Artistic Director Jen Waldman.

The winning team in the charades battle was the Remarkable Reds led by Hangar Trustee Jamie Wells and including Rik Daniels of Tompkins Trust Company, Kelly Jackson of Tompkins Trust Company, and Bruce Warren, who played the Dentist in the Hangar's Little Shop of Horrors this summer. In close second in the charades battle, and taking first place for the most dollars fundraised, was the Hellacious Horrors led by Hangar Trustee Arno Selco and including Susan Currie of Tompkins County Public Library, Frost Travis of Travis Hyde Properties, and Erin Maya, who was the voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. To see a full list of participants and photos from the event, visit

The real winners of the night, however, are the children, young adults, and early career professionals who benefit from the Hangar's commitment to education and training programming. All of the money raised from this event will support the Hangar's Project 4: Artists in the Classroom program, its professional training program called the Hangar Lab Company, its Next Generation School of Theatre summer classes, and its Spring Break-a-Leg camp. To learn more about these programs and other Hangar events, visit or call 607.273.8588.

The Hangar Theatre gratefully acknowledges Acting Out premier sponsor Serendipity Catering and team sponsors Cayuga Medical Center, CFCU Community Credit Union, Tompkins Trust Company, and Travis Hyde Properties.

The Hangar Theatreis committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.

 Photo Gallery:
Acting Out on the Hangar Stage Team Participants Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson Charades Champion's Remarkable Reds team members Kelly Jackson, Bruce Warren, Jamie Wells Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson Top fundraising team, the Hellacious Horrors Frost Travis, Susan Currie, Erin Maya, Arno Selco Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson The Dynamic Deserts celebrate winning a round of charades Brett Bossard, John Rudd, Isabel Santiago Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson  The Wondrous Worlds celebrate their team efforts Michael Di Liberto, Mike D'Angelo, Kat Walters Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson