Cordova Bay United Church will host a A Night on Broadway featuring tunes from West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, and the Lion King as part of a fundraiser for projects in Africa. Photo submitted

Saanich church will ring with the tunes of Broadway

Cordova Bay United Church will host a A Night on Broadway March 10

Cordova Bay United Church will turn into the Great White Way on March 10 for an evening, when it hosts a fundraiser to benefit children in Africa.

For the Love for Africa Society is organizing the evening, which features nine local musicians performing various selections from Broadway’s most famed musicals including West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, and the Lion King. All donations will help support funding for various educational and medical projects in Tanzania.

Kate Insley, one of the organizers, said the show builds on a comparable show last year featuring musicians playing George Gershwin tunes.

“Last year was the first year we did [a musical fundraiser with the Gershwin show],” and it was a big success,” she said. “And people said, ‘you know, you will have to do this again.’”

The society behind the fundraiser formed in 2004. Since then, 11 teams have travelled to Tanzania working on seven different projects that help people of all ages. Over the years, the society has financed a health clinic, an orphan’s centre, and a technical trade school, which is still under construction.

“We think it is important to help people,” she said. “We have set up a relationship with everyone we have worked with in Tanzania.”

Locals decide on the nature of the project without any interference from the society, said Insley.

“It is their project,” she said. The society, instead, concerns itself with fund-raising, with the goal of raising $50,000 to $60,000 each year, said Insley.

Insley, a former nurse, has been to Tanzania twice, first in 2004, then again in 2008, and speak first hand to the difference that the society has made.

“We have seen such a difference, since we went in in 2004 to present-day,” she said.

Organizers plan to present these projects and their effects in additional detail on March 10 with displays and other educational elements, with all donations going towards the society’s projects in Africa.

Musicians will receive a “very small honorarium” courtesy of the show’s six sponsors.

As for the show, Insley said it promises to be an elegant, as well as educational evening, as the musicians plan to offer some historical insights into the various Broadway hits that they plan to play.

Insley said organizers chose Broadway tunes because of their accessibility and available variety. This sort of fundraiser also marks a difference from more traditional fundraising efforts. “If they give a donation, they get a tax receipt,” she said. “This way, if they come, they have will an evening’s entertainment [too].”

Tickets are $35, with refreshments and a closed bid auction during Intermission. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Just Posted

Province now allowing tent city campers to stay at Goldstream Park

Contrary to earlier reports, Ministry of Environment says there is no hard deadline for campers to leave, park open to public

Victorians for Tranportation Choice survey Greater Victoria election candidates

Mayoral and council candidates from across Greater Victoria face 12 questions

Dementia Helpline seeks volunteers after dramatic increase in calls

First Link Dementia Helpline for those who lives with dementia or care partners

Saanich offers land for housing for the homeless

Unclear many units of supportive housing the province will build in Saanich

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

Most Read