Harlequinade 2020

A Benefit for Talespinner Children's Theatre

September 19th, 2020 @ 7PM

Our theater may be dark but our future is Bright! Celebrate Talespinners Children’s Theater and our community heroes Nikki and Carrie by joining our live virtual fundraiser on September 19. For $50 you will get a Talespinner treasure trove bag to light up the night. Stay in and play with TCT!

Appearances from TCT favorites
Silent auction
Celebration of local heroes Nicole and Carrie
Talespinner Treasure trove sent to your residence

Harlequinade guests Oba
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Photos by Steve Wagner

Harlequin Award - Nicole Gillota-Brichacek

Nicole Gillota-Brichacek

Nicole Gillota-Brichacek, this year’s Harlequinade Award Winner is creator, chef, and proprietress of Gypsy Beans & Baking Co., a traditionally-styled European coffee house and bistro that has caffeinated and satisfied cravings in Gordon Square since 2007. With degrees in culinary arts and hotel restaurant management from Hocking College, Nicole’s vision is to bring to life her creations, mixed with the recipes and love of her grandmothers and family, and create a welcoming space that nurtures people and the community.

TCT Artistic Director Katelyn Merold sums up Gillota-Birchacek’s impact this way: “It has always been so comforting knowing Nicole is part of the TCT family. One of my favorite things about having a home in Gordon Square is the sense of community our neighborhood offers and I truly feel that the safe place Nicole has created within Gypsy Beans is an integral part of the community heartbeat. She's a friend to us all.”

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Zanni Award - Carrie Williams

Carrie Williams

Carrie Williams, this year’s Zanni Award Winner, is an actor, director, visual artist, and occasional playwright who loves coming home to Talespinner! She’s been involved in all kinds of ways since the very first season – from teaching, directing, and puppet-making, to coordinating the benefits and volunteers. She has been the lead scenic artist since 2015, painting the giant wall murals that set the scene for each production. As an actor she appeared in The Emperor’s Ears (Zora), Aesop’s Pirate Adventure (Captain Bluebeard), Ivan and the Firebird (Firebird), Mr. Scrooge’s Ghosts (Christmas Past), Tovic Tomte and the Trolls (Tarfa) and some of the touring productions. She directed Momotaro the Peach Boy for PLAYground 2018, and in the future will direct Aponibolinayan in the Sky. For the past decade Carrie has been a teaching artist all over Northeast Ohio. Her artistic pedagogy focuses on exploring collaborative processes, fostering creativity, and empowering youth to step outside their comfort zone. She is proud to serve as the Education Manager for Dobama Theatre, where she coordinates the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival, the longest-running celebration of young playwrights in the United States.

Merold’s praise for Williams is many fold, including: “The amount of hats this incredible and giving artist has worn for TCT are numerous, important, and colorful! If you aren't being impacted by her hilarious and detailed performances, you are being drawn in by her gorgeous set painting or filled with joy in the classroom. Carrie's support and dedication to our little theater has helped make us who we are today.”

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Sponsor Levels

  • Master Puppeteer: $5,000
  • Journeyman Puppeteer: $2,500
  • Resident Puppeteer: $1,000
  • Apprentice Puppeteer: $500
  • Novice Puppeteer: $250

Would you like to become a Harlequinade 2019 Sponsor, or donate an item to the Silent Auction?

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