Dramatic rendition

Playing dress up: The CostumeDrama fashion show returns by popular demand on Monday, July 8. Photo by Lee Ann Donnelly

Why hold just one fundraiser when you can hold seven? Seven times the funds raised, and seven times the fun.

“The idea behind DramaRama is to offer many different events at many different price points,” said Susan Harper, managing director of Asheville Community Theatre, in a press release.  “We wanted to create a fundraiser that was as fun and inclusive as we are.” She says that the expectation is not for ACT supporters to attend every event during the action-packed week (though a full sweep is certainly an option), the lineup is planned to provide something for everyone.

This is the second year that the local theater has held DramaRama, which replaced previous fundraiser Divalicious. This year, ACT hopes to raise $40,000 through the seven nights of affordable events (tickets range from $5 to $15). Offerings, which include a fashion show, a theater-themed edition of Listen to This and a local variety show, both showcase the type of productions ACT hold throughout its season and also present some entertaining and creative spins on local performance art.

Events are on the ACT Mainstage unless otherwise noted. Complete information at http://www.ashevilletheatre.org.
Sunday, July 7 — The complete cast from February’s Bark! The Musical performs music from that production. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., $15.

Monday, July 8 — Costume Drama: A Fashion show returns for the second year. Local designers create apparel using material from one of four categories (lights, nature, paper, or recycled/upcycled). The audience votes on top designs ($1 per vote); awards are $500 for the overall winner and $250 for the winner of each category. 6:30 p.m. cash bar, 7:30 p.m. show. $10.

Tuesday, July 9 — Local comedian Tom Chalmers hosts a special edition of Listen to This, featuring stories about the theater. 7:30 p.m. $10.

Wednesday, July 10 — Karaoke with members of ACT’s cast and crew. Magnolia’s Bar & Grille.

Thursday, July 11 — Michael McMurtrey hosts Theatre Trivia Night at Pack’s Tavern. 7:30 p.m., $5.

Friday, July 12 — If ABBA is your guilty pleasure, you’re not alone. ACT will screen Mamma Mia! (with lyrics) for a singalong. 7:30 p.m., $10.

Saturday, July 13 — Think late night variety show, local-style. It’s Asheville Night Live. Acts range from gospel singing to slam poetry to tap dance. Aaron Price leads a band and Tom Chalmers hosts. Winners are determined by judges’ scores and audience votes ($1 per vote vote). 7:30 p.m., $15 adults/$12 children.

— Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@mountainx.com.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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