Red Stocking Revue makes audience ready to rejoice

Tessa Peierls, News Assistant Editor

The charity-based Red Stocking Revue was performed on the Schreiber stage March 12 through March 15.  This annual show was presented by the Port Washington/Manhasset branch of CancerCare.

CancerCare is a nonprofit charity that provides professional support services to cancer patiens and others who are affected by cancer.

“CancerCare programs—including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help—are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.  Founded in 1944, CancerCare provided individual help to more than 100,000 people last year, in addition to the more than 1 million unique visitors to our websites,” says the Red Stocking Revue website.

“It is a great Port Washington tradition that raises money for CancerCare—a charity that offers all kinds of support for families suffering the hardships that cancer brings. From providing services from transportation to delivery of home cooked meals, CancerCare makes a real difference in the lives of our communities,” said performer and community member Diana VonRoeschlaub.

The Red Stocking Revue helps to fund CancerCare programs such as free counseling and support groups.  Many people in the community join the cause, and the Red Stocking Revue provides members of the community of all ages the opportunity to sing, dance, and act while raising money for cancer.

“Volunteers from all over Port Washington come together for this show every year to fund Cancer Cares with all profits that are made from the shows,” said Garofolo.  “Something cool about the show is that all ages can participate. I saw age ranges from 6 to 70. It’s all around a fun experience being able to build relationships with your community while feeling a part of something that’s making a difference. Many of the participants have been or know close family or friends that have suffered or are suffering from cancer. It’s a fun, rewarding experience for all who choose to be a part of the the red stocking revue and for those who choose to go see the performances.”

One of the most prominent features of the show that has developed over the course of many productions is the use of advertisements as entire numbers. In between hit songs like “Uptown Funk” and hilarious skits, the ensemble performs advertisements in order to raise more money for CancerCare.  Ms. VonRoeschlaub explained this year’s premise.

“The Theme was “A Fair to Remember,” and the setting was country fair in Port Washington,” said Ms. VonRoeschlaub.  “It had Zoltar, the magical fortune telling arcade machine from the movie Big, as a character that united the music and dance numbers throughout the show. As usual, the show featured commercials for local businesses. Writers for the show take well known songs and change the lyrics around to suit the product.”

This year’s show raised money for CancerCare while receiving recognition for the quality of the performances.

“This year’s Red Stocking Revue has been reviewed as one of the best by the Port News,” said Ms. VonRoeschlaub.

“Red Stocking Revue is good for the community because it shows how much talent is hidden next door in our neighbors and shopkeepers,” said senior Ariel Waldman.  “Also, it goes to an amazing cause.”