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Many people in the area are aware that Mick Denniston, long associated with Springfield Little Theatre and now working for Springfield Catholic Schools, was seriously injured in a car accident in New Mexico on December 18. He remains hospitalized there in critical condition. Little Theatre is producing a special benefit show Friday evening Jan.12 at 7:30 at the Landers Theatre to raise funds for Mick Denniston's family.
It's called "Friends, Follies and Funds," says Little Theatre Artistic Director Beth Domann.
Beth Domann: "We're going to do it Friday night (Jan.12) at 7:30, and it's just going to hbe a variety of different things. And really, our goal is to have some fun, and we want to raise some money for the family."
According to the Denniston family blog, Mick still is not stable enough to be brought back to Springfield from New Mexico.
Beth Domann: "And apparently, that's going to take a little while. And people wanted to know something they could do and give people an opportunity to get onstage, and do what they do, and help Mick's family out. Honestly, when we first heard about Mick, I said, 'There's no reason we can't do something.' And this is the night we have available with the theater, because we are getting ready to open 'Cinderella.' So we just decided this would be a good time, and something needed to be done quickly."
Beth Domann has a long list of local performers donating their time and talents to the concert Friday evening:
Beth Domann: "It's going to be a lot of different people--Ruell Chappell and Nick Sibley; Kim Crosby; Marcia Haseltine; Jennifer Armstrong; Tim Stokes; Derrick Devon King; Chris Knox; Sandy Skogland Young; Adam Smith. Jim Billings is going to be here, and we're just thrilled about that. YES Troupe will perform; the Skinny Improv--a big variety of people."
The performance starts at 7:30 Friday evening January 12 at the Landers. There are no advance tickets and there's no set admission charge. They'll be taking donations for the Denniston Family's hospital and travel expenses.
Beth Domann: "And the nice thing is, we can take donations by credit card--any way people want to do it, they can do it--cash, check, charge. I think it's going to be a lot of fun, and get out and help support the family, that's really our goal."
Beth Domann says the show promises to be about 90 minutes long. Again, "Friends, Follies and Funds" takes place Friday evening Jan.12 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. 100% of the donations received will go to the Mick Denniston Benefit Fund that has been set up at Guaranty Bank. Mick's family is providing daily updates on his condition on their blog: www.mickdenniston.blogspot.com.