Tuesday, March 18, 2014

'Wicked' Cast to Kick it Up for SA HIV/AIDS Support Groups

Posted By on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 12:16 PM

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Wicked fans will have the chance to see the actors in a different light Thursday as they team up with the San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) and the Rivard Report to host “Wicked WEBB,” an evening of song and dance benefitting Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), and SAAF. SAAF Marketing Director Regina Villalobos-Perez and Wicked cast members Ryan Jackson and Justin Wirick gave some insight as to what audience members can expect at “Wicked Webb,” as well as why this event is so important. “Audiences can expect ‘Wicked Webb’ to be a perfect combination of singing, dancing, drinks, Wicked trivia, special guest performances and live auction items that will blow their minds,” Jackson said. “Nowhere else will you be able to get performances of this caliber for such a low cost,” Villalobos-Perez commented. “Wicked Webb” is “an encore event from the last time Wicked was in San Antonio,” Wirick stated. SAAF partnered with touring cast members in 2011, and when they learned Wicked was coming back to town, they contacted Broadway Cares in hopes of collaborating again. So why is this event so significant? “This is another way we can spread awareness of HIV/AIDS,” Villalobos-Perez said, speaking on behalf of the SAAF staff. “It can be difficult to communicate the message to the general public and so this event has the potential of reaching audiences who might not otherwise hear of SAAF’s services or know of Broadway Cares’ strong support to the cause of HIV/AIDS.” For the performers, “Wicked Webb” provides them with the opportunity to use their talents for something meaningful to them. “'Wicked Webb,’ is important to the company members of Wicked because it is an amazing way for us to connect with and give back to San Antonio. The San Antonio AIDS Foundation does such incredible work and being able to aid them in their quest to service this community is a privilege,” Jackson said. “We are a part of a phenomenal show with producers that allow us to use Wicked's power to make a positive change,” said Wirick. “Come help us help them.” “Wicked Webb” will take place Thursday, March 20 at The Bonham Exchange, located at 411 Bonham, San Antonio, Texas 78205. The performance will begin at 11:30 p.m. Tickets for "Wicked Webb" are a $20 donation. Purchase of event tickets is tax deductible. Please call 210.225.4715 or visit www.TXSAAF.org for more information.

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