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Divas! 2020

7:30 PM

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Production Team 2020

Director: Alison Lawrence

Music Director: Michael Santangelo

Event Chair: Sejal Mehta

Lighting Designer: Darby Madewell and Cailen Waddell

Broadcast Designer: Cailen Waddell

Video Editing / Design: Rod Rich, Nancy Rich, and Tim McKay

Video Recording: Rod Rich, Tim McKay

Sound Editing: Larry Gardner

Rehearsal Stage Manager: Alex Gromo

Associate Music Director: Bryan Bunch

Props / Costumes: Jenny Mitchell, Alex Gomo, Allie Sullivan

Masters of Ceremonies: Greg Moore, Kevin O’Barr

"Voice of God": Tina Morris-Anderson

Divas! Event Coordinator: Suzanne Ruggles

Additional Graphic Assets: Cailen Waddell, Darby Madewell, Dennis R. Berfield, Rod Rich, Nancy Rich, Tim McKay

Special Thanks: Todd Houseknecht for Sound Design Consulting

Divas Committee
Amy Bason
Georgia Donaldson
Graham Satisky
Sejal Mehta

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301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC 27607

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Divas! 2020 Sponsors

Adorn a Diva! ($1500 Level)
Raleigh Brewing Company

Diamond ($1000 Level)

Alec & Georgia Donaldson

Gold ($500 Level)

48th Street Crew – John Newlin & Kevin Guess

Action Designs

Ameriprise – Dave Powell & Associates

Avance Care – Ritesh Patel

The Bason Family

Darleen Fennell in support of LaToya Smith

David & Judi Wilkinson

Green Alternative Cleaning

Janney Scott Montgomery, LLC

Medlin Davis Cleaners

The Morgan Family

Pool Professionals

Triangle Speech & Orofacial Myology

Walton & Maready Orthodontics

Silver ($250 Level)

Ashworth Drugs – Ralph Ashworth

Christopher James in support of Emily James

Cleveland School Animal Hospital

Daryl Steinhoff in support of Emily James


Goulding Construction

Kathy Lagana & John Gerwin

Mike McGee in support of LaToya Smith

Over the Top Lawn Care

Sergio’s Pizza

Witherspoon Woodworks

Women’s Birth & Wellness Center

In-Kind Sponsors

Body Manager Fitness

Burning Coal Theatre Company

Cam Ferg Hair

Cancun Cards

Carolina Ballet

Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Theatre

City BBQ


ECU Tickets

El Dorado Mexican Restaurant

Elite Arts Physical Therapy

Embassy Nail Spa

Empire Eats

Fifty Two Hundred Photography

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Gresko Hair Studio

Jersey Mike’s

Leslie Turegano “Quest for Health & Happiness” Optavia

Longleaf Hotel

Maddie & Bean

Mary Kay- Jennifer Ijeoma

Michael Buie Photography

Mika James Amaya Photography

Nature Supply

NC Symphony


North Carolina Fairy Hair Flare

Papa Murphy’s


Pure Life Theatre

Randy’s Pizza

Rita’s of Raleigh Gift Shop

Russian Day Spa

Seagrove Pottery of Cary


Theatre Raleigh

Total Wine

Vann Fine Art

Village Deli

Special Thanks

Digifonics – Larry Gardner

Media Partners, Inc. – Tim McKay

Monkeybravo – Rod & Nancy Rich

Ruggero Piano

Todd Houseknecht


Director's Note

Thank you everyone for tuning in to watch our Divas! 2020 virtual show.

Usually, I would talk about how this all came together and how important the arts are in our local communities and across the nation. But instead, this is just going to be a love note to my second home and the people that inhabit it from time to time.

Raleigh Little Theatre welcomed me in a stormy time of my life many years ago. It fed my heart and my soul. It clothed my body in radiant garments to help me feel comforted and safe. The people here taught me and guided me to grow as an actor, a musician, a teacher and as a productive human being. It/They taught me to love all and to welcome love because I was worthy.

In this time of pandemic when we are all feeling a bit lost and lonely and starving mentally, emotionally and for some, physically, myself and many others are remembering the importance of the human connection and where we have experienced it at its best… Raleigh Little Theatre. And for those of us that have a home in theatre, here or anywhere, we know we can find that comfort, love, safety and human connection again in the theatre and the people that create it. That is what I have experienced all over again at Raleigh Little Theatre in the past 3 months.

The staff, the Divas and creative team that have literally built this show from scratch, experimenting, learning and teaching one another how to be a community with a common goal or mission, have given me that comfort, love, guidance, soul and heart food, once again. "Thank you" does not begin to tell you how I feel about this adventure we took into a brand new world of making live theatre… there simply are no words…

To those of you attending the virtual Divas! 2020 show and reading this letter, my hope is that you will not only be entertained and inspired to donate, but you will feel all the love and excitement and growth and passion that this cast and crew has felt and expressed in making the magic of live theatre.

Thank you for your support of Raleigh Little Theatre. Please donate generously and enjoy Divas! 2020 Virtual Show.

Alison Lawrence


History of Divas!

In 2004, the idea for a fundraiser for RLT originated “out of a conversation between myself and Amy Flynn,” says Sandi Sullivan. “We were discussing the fact that many people thought other actresses and myself didn’t get along because we often found ourselves competing for the same roles. In fact, the opposite was true. I had great respect for the other actresses. Then the idea to start a fake fight between myself and these other women began to run through my mind... and the idea for Divas! was born.”

“The idea was this… there were so many talented actors in the theatre community competing for so few roles, why not give them a chance to shine on stage together and raise some money in the process?” Sandi felt that they could provide their own “costumes,” perform without a set, use basic lighting, and have minimal rehearsal. Therefore, the money from the ticket sales for the evening would all be profit. The audience could vote for their favorite Diva of the evening with money and raise funds for RLT while enjoying an entertaining evening of cabaret performances.

Since 2004, Divas! has been raising money for the theatre almost every year, making 2020 the 15th Anniversary. In that time, Divas! has raised over half a million dollars for RLT programs, making it the most successful fundraiser ever at RLT. Thank you to ALL the Divas that have given so generously of their time, talent, and fundraising skills over the years.

Divas! 2020 will officially be added to the history books as the first ever fully virtual Divas performance! Featuring both live and pre-recorded clips, we are excited to provide a safe way for all to enjoy tonight’s program by livestreaming on both Facebook and YouTube.

Please donate tonight. During this especially difficult time for the arts, live theatre needs your help now more than ever before to continue its mission to entertain and educate.

Divas! 2020


Act I

Big, Blonde and Beautiful (from Hairspray)..............LaToya Smith

Oh, to Be a Movie Star / Gorgeous (from The Apple Tree)..............Emily James

I Am Playing Me (from [title of show])..............Allie Sullivan

I’m the Greatest Star (from Funny Girl)..............Elena Montero Mulligan

I Chose Right (from Baby)..............Noah Sennert

My Funny Valentine (from Pal Joey)..............Peggy Hayes

When You’re Good to Mama (from Chicago)..............Karen Morgan Williams

In Short (from Edges)..............Kelsey Lyons

I Said No (from Sweater Girl)..............The Masked Diva


Act II

The Ladies Who Lunch (from Company)..............Karen Morgan Williams

Blues in the Night..............Peggy Hayes

You Can Always Count on Me (from City of Angels)..............Kelsey Lyons

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (from Pal Joey)..............Emily James

You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun (from Annie Get Your Gun)..............Allie Sullivan

No One Else (from Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)..............Elena Montero Mulligan

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)..............LaToya Smith

The Streets of Dublin (from A Man of No Importance)..............Noah Sennert

Bali Ha’i (from South Pacific)..............The Masked Diva

Crowning of the Winning Diva

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