Donation supports AACC’s production of “Phantom of the Opera”

| February 13, 2015 | 1 Comment
Dorothy “Dotti” Kauffman donated $1,000 in scholarship aid to the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation to support the AACC spring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “The Phantom of the Opera.” From left to right: Sean Urbantke, assistant professor, performing arts; AACC President Dr. Dawn Lindsay, Dorothy “Dotti” Kauffman, widow of Professor Robert E. Kauffman; Douglas Byerly, associate professor and department chair, AACC Performing Arts.

Dorothy “Dotti” Kauffman donated $1,000 in scholarship aid to the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation to support the AACC spring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” From left to right: Sean Urbantke, assistant professor, performing arts; AACC President Dr. Dawn Lindsay, Dorothy “Dotti” Kauffman, widow of Professor Robert E. Kauffman; Douglas Byerly, associate professor and department chair, AACC Performing Arts.

A $1,000 donation from the Professor Robert “Chief” Kauffman Fund for the Performing Arts will support Anne Arundel Community College’s Theater Arts program’s April 2015 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” presented through arrangement with the R&H Library.

Kauffman’s widow, Dorothy “Dotti” Kauffman, selected “The Phantom of the Opera” production for funding. Kauffman, who chaired AACC’s Performing Arts department for much of his 30-year teaching career, established the fund in 1996. After his death in 2011, the fund was renamed to honor him. The fund supports the dance, music and theater arts programs at AACC and accepts individual, organization and corporate contributions.

“The Phantom of the Opera” will be performed April 17-26 in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on AACC’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Directed by AACC Performing Arts Chair, Douglas Brandt Byerly, the AACC production features a cast completely comprised of AACC students. The production crew includes set design by Sean Urbantke, assistant professor of theater design and technology; choreography by adjunct instructor Kristi Schaffner; lighting by Michael Klima, lighting designer from Towson University; music directing and conducting by Blair Skinner, doctoral candidate at Peabody Conservatory; and vocal coach, Mary Anne Barcellona, who portrayed Carlotta in the original Toronto production directed by Hal Prince. For ticket information and more details, visit http://www.aacc.edu/performingarts/events.cfm.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Professor Robert “Chief” Kauffman Fund for the Performing Arts, email [email protected] or call 410-777-2515 or go online to www.aacc.edu/foundation and click on “Give Now”.

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