Fundraiser for Ja’Duke expansion Saturday

  • Owner and director of the Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts, Kimberly Williams, front, instructs a tap dancing class at the center on Industrial Boulevard in Turners Falls. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

Recorder Staff
Published: 8/2/2018 10:37:12 PM

GREENFIELD — The Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts will be holding a “fundraising extravaganza” at Greenfield High School to help raise money for its proposed school expansion on its campus in Turners Falls Saturday.

The extravaganza will feature a number of songs and performances of Broadway and other musicals.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and other items will be available during the show, including raffle prizes, door prizes and baked goods.

The show will feature selections from “Mamma Mia,” “Chicago,” “Hamilton” and more. Over 100 performers will participate in the show.

All money raised will go toward funding the construction of Ja’Duke’s expansion on their property. Director Nick Waynelovich said the 20,000 square-foot expansion will include a 500-seat theater where productions can be held. The school has between seven and eight productions a year but they are held off-campus.

Three more classrooms will also be added.

Kim Williams, who co-owns the school with her father Waynelovich, said the project costs about $2.3 million and $120,000 has been raised so far.

Waynelovich and Williams hope construction is completed by July next year, with an opening expected in September the same year.


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