Phoenix Productions launches Spring 2012 

Phoenix Cares campaign to help fight cancer

RED BANK, NJ - Phoenix Productions, the award-winning community theatre organization, will launch Phoenix Cares, a year-long campaign dedicated this year to fighting cancer. The Spring 2012 campaign will focus on raising money to help children with pediatric cancer since The Wizard of Oz is a family friendly show that is fit for children, Phoenix will raise money to help children with pediatric cancer.

During The Wizard of Oz performances, beginning April 20th at the Count Basie Theatre and concluding May 6th at the Strand Center for the Arts, Phoenix will sell Phoenix Cares bracelets and 100% of the profits will be donated towards select organizations that support pediatric cancer.

The Wizard of Oz will play at the Count Basie Theatre for six performances: April 20th, 21st, 22nd, and the following weekend, April 27th, 28th, and 29th.  On April 22nd and 29th, Phoenix will host a meet and greet with the cast of The Wizard of Oz at the Phoenix Rehearsal Center in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

The Wizard of Oz will play at the Strand Center for the Arts on May 5th and 6th. On May 5th, Phoenix will host representatives from The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute. 100% of the profits from Phoenix Cares bracelets will be donated to the CNIJ’s flagship hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Specifically, profits will go towards the Pediatric Oncology Wing in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH.

On May 6th, at the Strand Center for the Arts, Phoenix will host representatives from the Sean Martyn Fund. The Sean Martyn Fund is an organization raising money for a young man who is fighting pediatric cancer for the second time.

Tickets to The Wizard of Oz, priced at $20 to $29, can be purchased through the Phoenix box office at 732-747-0014 or the Strand box office at 732-367-7789.

“Since we are a non-profit community theatre organization,” says Phoenix’s Community Relations Director, Andrea Zawadzsky, “we know how important it is to be supported by our community. We think its only right to use our voice to help strengthen and promote other charities and organizations within our community. Although The Wizard of Oz will focus on pediatric cancer, we’re happy that the Phoenix Cares campaign will be season wide. We’re looking forward to other initiatives in store for this year so that we can touch individuals with cancer in our community in many different ways.”

Phoenix Productions founded in 1987, is a non-profit community theatre organization based in Red Bank that has produced more than 100 revivals of hit Broadway musicals. More information is available at www.phoenixredbank.com.