TU student produces benefit show

When the closing number ended in Columbus’ Garden Theatre, Tiffin University student Taylor Tackett got a double dose of satisfaction. The production was not only his last bachelor’s degree hurdle, but it also made a big contribution to charity.

Tackett’s production was a unique approach to the senior project required of TU’s arts administration majors – bringing together theatre companies from across the metropolitan area to present a cabaret performance to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

On a Monday when theaters normally are “dark,” professional and amateur Columbus theater companies joined forces to present a two-hour revue featuring ensemble and solo musical theater numbers.

More than $1,000 was raised for the cause of fighting AIDS and supporting its victims.

Entitled “Dark Monday Cabaret: A Celebration of Columbus Theatre,” the show featured performances by CATCO, Imagine Productions, SRO Theatre Company, Evolution Theatre Company, and also by some solo talent from the Columbus musical theatre scene.

The event also included a silent auction that featured donatations by New York theaters in support of Tackett’s event.

“This was among the most professional senior projects we’ve ever seen by a TU student,” said Brad Rees, Tackett’s adviser. “Planning was flawless, the marketing materials were superb, the audience loved the show, and most importantly Taylor’s work raised lots of money for a great cause. We’re really proud of him and his fine work.”

Tackett is continuing his studies at TU, working toward a Master of Humanities degree, and serving as graduate assistant for TU’s Office of First Year Experience & Student Outreach.