When Vegas shut down, it was devastating to everyone. However, no industry has been harder hit than the entertainment industry. While the casinos are opening, the showrooms are dark. Off-strip theaters are still shuttered. Thousands of actors, dancers, and acrobats are unemployed.
But, art will always find a way. Theatre companies have turned to online readings and streaming past performances. APF’s Development Director, Gabriella Giocomo (Gaby), thought there must be a way to help all of our friends who are struggling. From that comes APF’s production of Alvie: A Nouveau Cirque Play, a reading of Gaby’s original script to benefit HopeLink of Southern Nevada (Hopelink).
HopeLink provides wrap-around services for families in need, including rent and utility assistance, emergency food and housing assistance, and community referrals for additional services, like mental health, health care, and legal aid. For more information or to give to HopeLink.
Alvie: A Nouveau Cirque Play is a coming-of-age story set behind the scenes at a contemporary circus show in a Las Vegas resort, “Alvie” has heart, humor, and just a touch of fantasy. The reading was recorded entirely on Zoom and features two acts by artists seen on the stages of Cirque du Soleil. The cast features many of the APF family, including Marcus Weiss, Erik Amblad, Timothy Cummings, Jake Staley, Dina Emerson, and Graciela Strahan, as well as Casey Weems, Jorge Luis, Adriane McLean, and Cirque du Soleil performers Thomas Hanson and Ginger Ana Griep-Ruiz.
ALVIE will be available on YouTube on Thursday, September 17, until Sunday, September 20. While Alvie is free to view, a donation to HopeLink is appreciated to help our community during this difficult time.