Speaking out against LGBTQ bullying #SpiritDay

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Paper Mill Playhouse and the company of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz support “Spirit Day 2019” in the attached image.  This year’s Spirit Day (Thursday, October 17) is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.  Feel to use this image on your websites, social media and broadcast. Photo by Emma Rhyner.

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents the New Jersey premiere of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz with a book by Marc Acito, musical adaptation & additional music by David Libby and conceived by and additional lyrics by Tina Marie Casamento. Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz  will run through Sunday, October 27, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ). Directed and choreographed by Tony award nominee Denis Jones, Orchestrations by Larry Blank and David Libby with music direction by Lawrence Yurman, the principal cast features Ruby Rakos (Billy Elliot) as Judy Garland/Frances Gumm, Tony Award nominee Max Von Essen (An American in Paris, Paper Mill’s The Baker’s Wife) as Frank Gumm, Olivier Award-winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea) as Ethel Gumm, Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, And the World Goes ‘Round) as Ma Lawlor/Kay Koverman, Stephen DeRosa (Into the Woods, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) as Louis B. Mayer, Michael Wartella (Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryTuck Everlasting) as Mickey Rooney, and Colin Hanlon (ABC’s Modern Family, Paper Mill’s Benny & Joon) as Roger Edens.

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#DonateStuffCreateJobs to Strengthen Your Community

I travel a ton, which all of you know. When I travel, I enjoy bringing home keepsakes. Most of those keepsakes I enjoy for years. Some of them just end up collecting dust. As part of my annual spring cleaning routine, I go through my collection of keepsakes and decide which ones have value to me and which need a new home. Once I have a large enough collection of things to donate- I bring them to the Goodwill.

#DonateStuffCreateJobs

Do you do any sort of spring cleaning? If you don’t then I am here to motivate you to start. Why? Well because if you participate in Spring Cleaning, and donate the things you no longer love to Goodwill, you help create jobs in your community! #DonateStuffCreateJobs

Goodwill’s career centers, training programs, and staffing operations give people the resources, skills, and confidence that changes thousands of lives each year.

So how can you help to be a part of this growth and effort in your own community? It’s easy! Donate to Goodwill = create jobs!

Sometimes it feels hard to get rid of things, but with the right motivation, you can get rid of almost anything. Have some old books lying around? 10 of them equals 15 minutes of on the job training. What about that pair of jeans you’ve held onto since high school that doesn’t fit? Those are 9 minutes of training!
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