Friday, June 22, 2018|2 a.m.
. When the folks at Golden Rainbow, the grass-roots nonprofit company that provides housing, monetary support and other assistance to Southern Nevadans coping with HIV and HELP, got together to plan this year’s Ribbon of Life fundraising production, the focus was on a Broadway program. After all, last year’s occasion was a Vegas all-star version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
However the many different local performers who line up to offer their time and take part in Ribbon of Life– integrated with this year’s place, the contemporary display room and concert hall the Foundry at SLS– dictated that the production must return to its variety show-style traditions.
” Doing a Broadway program was consulted with fantastic anticipation and excitement, but all the magicians, jugglers and comedians were wondering, where do we fit in?” states Gary Costa, Golden Rainbow’s executive director. “So we said let’s return to the range show format and actually highlight the talent and incredible variety of performers who put in their time every year.”
Practice Sessions for Golden Rainbow’s Ribbon of Life Thumbnails Gallery The result is called “The Program Should Go On,” an original show with all live music (and a British Intrusion style) set for Sunday afternoon at SLS. Entertainers from”Baz”at Palazzo, Human Nature at Venetian,”Zombie Burlesque”at Planet Hollywood, Spiegelworld’s programs “Opium” and “Absinthe,” Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity, “Mystere” and “The Beatles LOVE,” “Tenors of Rock,” Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, “Dream” at Luxor, burlesque programs “X Country” and “X Rocks” and much more will take part in the show, featuring music by George Michael, the Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John and Queen.
The cast of 150 includes performers from approximately 30 various programs. Las Vegas entertainers from on and off the Strip love to take part in the annual fundraising production because it provides the chance to step out of the box, to do something different from their daily onstage grind.
“It’s likewise fantastic to view how they integrate and join a cast with their buddies,” states Ribbon of Life producer Pietra Sardelli. “Without exception the performers have actually constantly been so grateful to us for putting on the show and enabling them to carry out, and it’s fascinating because we cannot do this show without [them] and here they are thanking us.”
Ribbon of Life is likewise a great way to construct awareness for Golden Rainbow’s mission, which continues to evolve. Costa states the company wased established as a way to supply financial support for those who had fallen on hard times due to managing HIV and AIDS, and as medication and treatment strategies have actually enhanced and kept clients alive longer, the need for other services has grown.
“We are seeing an increase in the variety of individuals who wish to return to society. Their bodies have actually recuperated after they might have been on disability for a number of years and numerous need to go back to work,” he says. “So Golden Rainbow has expanded our objective to just offer real estate and financial help but programs designed to help individuals take part in much healthier practices and preserve their health and augment their medications, as well as meditation and yoga and classes like that, and programs that offer chances to return to work. There are job training programs that can help spend for extra education or specific types of training.”
The 32nd annual Ribbon of Life “The Program Need To Go On” production will be performed at 1 p.m. June 24 (the red carpet reception and silent auction starts at 11 a.m.) at the Foundry at SLS Las Vegas (2535 Las Vegas Blvd., 702-761-7000). Tickets start at $45 with proceeds going to Golden Rainbow and more info can be discovered at goldenrainbow.org.