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Actors from Disney’s The Lion King Unite With Local Performers to Benefit the United Way

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Actors from Disney's The Lion King Unite With Local Performers to Benefit the United Way

NEW ORLEANS, LA., (March 20, 2012) - Actors from Disney's THE LION KING, now playing at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre through Sunday, April 15, will come together to present City Of Hope (COH) on Monday, April 9 at The Joy Theater at 7 p.m. to benefit United Way of Southeast Louisiana. Tickets prices range between $20 for students to $100 for VIP and are available at www.thejoytheater.com .

As part of a nationwide cast-sponsored outreach initiative, The Helping Hands Campaign (HHC), cast and crew members of "The Lion King" will present an amazing evening of music and dance that includes 18 different numbers in a musical revue with song, dance, and spoken word. The collaborative event will be hosted by New Orleans radio personality John "Spud" McConnell and will feature live music by Theresa Andersson as well as performances by Mudhoney Dance Collective (MDC).

Audience members will have a chance to enjoy unique performances, a live auction for one-of-a-kind autographed Lion King merchandise, and a raffle for a grand prize.

HHC is an effort to offer assistance to local organizations and the communities they serve through the production of small, personal events in cities hosting Disney's THE LION KING.

"Every night, as I leave the stage door, I am reminded of the awesome impact we can have on the lives of complete strangers," said John Sloan III, director of HHC and Lion King cast member, "We can use our art to make a difference."

John "Spud" McConnell is a local radio personality and actor with over 60 film and television credits who has also appeared in numerous plays and will be hosting the evening's activities. He currently hosts "The Spud Show," which airs daily on WWL870am and 105.3fm.

The event will also feature local musician Theresa Andersson, whose work has garnered accolades from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Paste, and the Los Angeles Times. She has been featured on Conan O'Brien and Craig Ferguson late night TV shows, and Nic Harcourt picked her KCRW "Morning Becomes Eclectic" in-studio as one of his "Top 10 Live Performances of 2009."

Local dance company, Mudhoney Dance Collective, will also perform at the event. MDC includes teachers from the Lusher Charter School dance program and allows individual choreographers, dancers and performers to explore a wide range of creative avenues while facilitating dialogue and collaboration among the participants.

"United Way is honored to be chosen as beneficiary of this incredible event", said Jamene Dahmer, United Way of Southeast Louisiana's VP of Resource Development, "Each year we help thousands of people in the region and it's wonderful to see such an impressive group of performers coming together to support our efforts."

Ticket prices vary at $20 for students, $30 for balcony and $60 for orchestra seating. VIP tickets are available for $100 and include a cocktail reception, mezzanine seating and admission into the after-party. For additional information got to www.thejoytheater.com

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The Helping Hands Campaign (HHC) is an effort to offer assistance to communities across the nation through the organization of small, personal events in cities across the Lion King Gazelle tour schedule. The goal is to offer a helping hand directly to the local organizations and communities that sacrifice of themselves on a daily basis, and to unite artists in the effort to shine a light on the issues that plague the very communities that make our art possible. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Helping-Hands-Campaign/250844351627925

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is advancing the common good. By partnering with donors, employers, nonprofits, faith groups and government, United Way brings a coordinated approach to solving community problems in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. For more information, please call 504.822.5540 or visit www.unitedwaynola.org. You can find us at www.facebook.com/UnitedWayNola or follow us on twitter: @UnitedWayNola.