January 12, 2018

Footlite Musicals Production Raising Awareness, Money To Help Indy's Homeless

Kendra Randle as Paradice in the Footlite Musicals production of "Brooklyn." - Scott McAllister/WFYI

Kendra Randle as Paradice in the Footlite Musicals production of "Brooklyn."

Scott McAllister/WFYI

An Indianapolis community theater is raising awareness and funds to help fight the city’s growing problem of homelessness. 

Footlite Musicals presents "Brooklyn" a sidewalk fairy tale that shows the struggles and hope of five teenagers living on the street. Director Kathleen Clark Horrigan says it seemed like a natural fit to partner with CHIP- the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention.

“After the holidays I think a lot of people forget about the homeless. So we decided this would be a really good opportunity to do a show that would hopefully focus on them," Horrigan says. "Plus we found out with all of our research that there is a lot more homelessness going on in Indianapolis than there has been in a long time.”

Producer Amy Douglas says audience response has been positive. 

“The first weekend we raised over $500 just from people throwing money into our guitar case and when we pass the cup," Douglas says. "We had an event in December where we had a craft fair and all of the vendors fees went towards CHIP and that was several hundred dollars as well.”

The cast of "Brooklyn" hopes to raise at least $2,000 before the show ends next weekend.

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