PowPAC hosts seaworthy fundraiser
By Emily Sorensen
Hoist the anchor and set your sails for PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre’s “Anchors, Barnacles and Chanteys” fundraiser, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at the theater, 13250 Poway Road in the Lively Center.
The event will feature Elizabeth Podsiadlo, the opera-singing chef, performing and serving up two delicious soups during intermission. All funds raised will benefit PowPAC.
“Community theater is operated on a shoestring budget,” said Susan Davis, a volunteer for PowPAC. PowPAC supplements its budget with fundraisers and small, one-off shows like Readers Theatre between its regular shows.
Podsiadlo, a San Diego chef who also sings opera, will be skipping the opera this time in favor of performing music, skits and poetry in the style of an old-time radio show, including songs inspired by the sea, both covers and some of her original compositions. “She’s just a delightful person,” said Davis. “Very natural, warm and friendly.”
Podsiadlo will also be joined by several other performers, including her daughter, Betsy, a singer and violinist. One of the songs Podsiadlo will be performing is a rewrite of the old sea chantey classic, “Drunken Sailor,” which Davis described as “lyrical and beautiful.”
The show will be performed in the style of a old radio show, in front of the curtain and complete with old-fashioned microphones and commercial breaks, as well as a radio announcer. The performers will be dressed up as pirates or in a nautical manner, to complement the musical theme.
During intermission from the performance, guests will have the opportunity to sample Podsiadlo’s cooking with two soups, a hearty fish soup with potatoes tomatoes and rosemary in a light broth or a Tuscan potato soup with kale and turkey sausage. The soup will be accompanied by freshly baked rolls This is not a sit-down dinner.
After the show, a special dessert will be served, and the singers will come out to mingle with the guests.
Tickets for this all-ages event are $20 per person, and are available by calling the PowPAC box office at 858-679-8085 or firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP is required by Sunday, Oct. 20.
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