Huntington's Spotlight Spectacular!
To Recognize Longtime Patrons

The Huntington Theatre Company's annual benefit, Spotlight Spectacular!, will be held on Monday, April 26, 2004, at the Cyclorama building at the Boston Center for the Arts. Chaired by Huntington Trustee David Epstein and his wife Betsy, this year's benefit will honor long-time Huntington patrons and supporters, Nancy and Edward Roberts.

This fundraising event will feature a seated dinner, entertainment, and both a silent and live auction. Proceeds will help to support the Huntington's programs, including its award-winning Youth, Education, and Community Outreach Programs.

The Event
Spotlight Spectacular! will take place at the Boston Center for the Art's (BCA) Cyclorama building, adjacent to the new Theatre Pavilion that the Huntington is building in partnership with the BCA. The evening's entertainment will include Julie White ("Bad Dates," "Six Feet Under"), James Alexander and Terita Redd ("Ain't Misbehavin'"). Auction items for Spotlight Spectacular! include a chance to be a Ball Boy/Girl for a Celtics home game at the Fleet Center, an opportunity to play catch on the field at Fenway Park, and other unique items.

Honorees Nancy and Edward Roberts
Nancy and Edward Roberts have supported the Huntington since its beginning. Ed Roberts, the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology at MIT, is the founder and chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and  has long headed the MIT Management of Technology and Innovation group.  In addition to co-founding a number of successful hi-tech ventures, Ed is also a prolific researcher and writer.

Nancy Roberts, a three-time graduate of Boston University, is founder of the Technology in Education graduate program at Lesley University and is currently a professor and the Director of Lesley's Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division.

The Roberts' generous support of the Huntington's new Theatre Pavilion has enabled the construction of the new Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre.

The Huntington's Youth, Education, and Community Outreach Programs
Proceeds from Spotlight Spectacular! help to support the programs of the Huntington, including its Youth, Education, and Community Outreach Programs, which offer students and underserved communities increased access to theatre. Funded almost entirely by contributions, the Huntington's Education and Outreach Department has provided opportunities for more than 200,000 students since its inception. The Huntington's community access programs include audio-described shows and ASL-interpreted performances that make it possible for blind and low-vision patrons and Deaf and hard-of-hearing theatregoers to enjoy Huntington productions, as well as special discount programs for community groups such as Elder Arts, Big Brother/Big Sister, and AIDS Action.

Ticket Information
Tables for this benefit are available for $7,500, $10,000, and $15,000.  Individual tickets are priced at $500 each.   For information, contact Amanda Hennessey at 617-273-1522.

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