Musical revue to benefit Camp Casey

By: Brendan Losinski | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 6, 2018

 On Friday, Feb. 9, students from Bloomfield Hills High School will host a Broadway revue performance to benefit Camp Casey, a nonprofit that aids children combating cancer and other diseases.

On Friday, Feb. 9, students from Bloomfield Hills High School will host a Broadway revue performance to benefit Camp Casey, a nonprofit that aids children combating cancer and other diseases.

Photo provided by Tina Greenlee

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — When it comes to helping people, musicals often say there’s no better solution than putting on a show … or in this case, several.

Bloomfield Hills High School is hosting a Broadway revue to benefit the nonprofit Camp Casey, which helps and comforts kids suffering from cancer and rare blood disorders. The revue will feature students from the school performing selections from various Broadway classics.

“It’s a Broadway benefit and revue,” explained Tina Greenlee, the director of the revue. “There’s different selections from different Broadway shows. There’s scenes, monologues, song performances and dance numbers. There’s also a silent auction in the lobby, and people have a lot of awesome items to bid on.”

The revue will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Tickets can be purchased at www.etix.com by searching for “BHHS.” They cost $20 for adults and $10 for students. The silent auction will include items such as tickets to Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings games; theater tickets; and restaurant gift certificates. This is the second year the school has hosted such an event.

“We did something similar last year to benefit Camp Casey,” said Greenlee. “It’s a really neat organization. I started volunteering there several years ago in the summer. As I saw what happened when they brought kids there who were suffering from diseases like cancer and rare blood disorders, I knew I wanted to help more, and I thought the kids here could help and get involved as well.”

Camp Casey is geared toward helping comfort and provide emotional relief to children and families who are navigating the difficult process of confronting a childhood disease.

“We’re a nonprofit that provides horseback riding lessons for kids with cancer or rare blood disorders,” said Katie Patterson, the community relations manager for Camp Casey. “We also do Horsey House Calls, where we bring a horse to a homebound child, and Cowboy Campouts, where we take 10 families out each summer to horseback riding-themed getaways. We operate in the Detroit and Grand Rapids area.”

The revue will include pieces from well-known musicals such as “The Lion King,” “The Wiz,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Annie” and “Beautiful.”

“I’ll be doing ‘Why God Why?’ from ‘Miss Saigon’; ‘Move On,’ from ‘Sunday in the Park with George’; and I’ll be in a big group doing ‘Seasons of Love,’ from ‘Rent,’” said senior Arin Champati, who was also in last year’s show. “Last year was wonderful. I wasn’t actually very involved with theater before the revue last year, and I might say it was a life-changing experience. Theater is a wonderful activity where you can perform and learn more about yourself, but it’s not selfish, as there are people in the audience who also can benefit from your performance.”

The BHHS students said they are excited to take part in an event that is both a fun chance to perform and an opportunity to help those in need.

“I’m also going to be in ‘Seasons of Love,’ and I will be doing a monologue from ‘Talking With,’” said performer Mia Morelli, a senior. “I have been pretty involved in the theater program for a few years now. It’s after the musical and before the spring play, and we get to pick our own piece, so it’s really fun. Plus, we get to help others while doing it.”

In the audience will be several of the children who are helped by Camp Casey, as well as representatives from the organization. They attended the 2017 performance as well, and Patterson said they were blown away by the result.

“Tina is a great volunteer with Camp Casey, and she came to us with the idea to have her students put on this Broadway revue. I was there myself last year, and I don’t have words to describe how amazing it was. The students were so incredibly talented. The acting was wonderful. The comedic timing was perfect.”

The BHHS students and faculty presented Camp Casey the previous year with a check for $1,600. When they did, the camp administrators brought along one of their horses for the students.

All agreed that while the revue will be fun, the most important part of the whole event is helping children who are going through a tough time.

“My sister has cancer, and I know it can be very, very difficult. It’s wonderful what we can do as a school, and it’s amazing we can contribute to this wonderful organization,” said Champati. “Attend to inspire yourself. Any art is very inspiring, but this could inspire you and humble you, since you are contributing to something more than just entertainment.”