The Eclectic Youth Entertainment Troupe, a performance company of eclectic young artists who sing, perform, and entertain as goodwill ambassadors, is at it again, having just finished a stellar pre-Oscar show at the City of Mission Viejo that celebrated Academy Award nominated and winning songs. Now they’re geared up to raise funds for their greasepainted thespian friends at The Chance Theater in Anaheim. Appearing on Saturday, March 14th at 11am, the Eclectic Youth Entertainment Troupe is raising the curtain while raising money as part of the amazing and celebrated 24-hour Chance-A-Thon, a non-stop marathon of music, mirth, and theatrical magic. Each year, the Chance Theater hosts a fundraising effort to help with their community theater programs as part of their mission to contribute to a more compassionate, connected, and creative Orange County. Eclectic Youth’s themed show this year is called Some of Our Favorite Things.
Eclectic Youth is known for crossing musical genres, historical eras, languages, and cultures to bring people together through music and live performance. The troupe was formed by Blythe Abigail Su-Ren Schulte, who recently won entrance to the internationally acclaimed Berklee College of Music and has directed for numerous musical revues all over the world, including last Summer in Beijing, China. Blythe auditioned students and young talent from around Southern California and together created an impressive cast of performers, ranging in age from 9 to 28 years old. Eclectic Youth features a multi age, multi-ethnic, multi-talented cast: Katherine Cotter, Griffin Runnels, Ari Paltin, Marissa Wendt, Chloe Clark, Aili MacGregor, Jimmy Luo, and Coco Hyatt. Look for Blythe Schulte and Jimmy Luo on HTTV’s upcoming Year of the Goat international television special, celebrating the Lunar New Year. Griffin Runnels just wrapped a live show with Broadway-Sondheim singer and voiceover star, Liz Callaway.
Eclectic Youth’s artists have performed on main stages, in cabaret venues, and in salon settings for causes ranging from the Bowers Museum, the Santa Ana Philharmonic Society, and the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society, performing favorites as varied in genre as musical theatre, old standards, jazz, pop and classical. Some of the members’ onstage credits are with Matthew Morrison (TV’s Glee), Krysta Rodriguez (Addams Family and TV’s Smash), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked) and Jeff Marx (Avenue Q).
Saturday’s program was teased on the troupe’s Facebook page, promising “Marissa singing ‘Like a Star,’ Aili being a little bit ‘Naughty,’ Ari escaping the asylum, Katherine yodeling about goat herding, Griffin imploring the theater gods, Jordan realizing he’s alive, Blythe coming back from the dead, Jimmy saying a prayer and Chloe being ‘Perfect.’ That’s just a preview. Come to the show to see all the Eclectic glory!” The troupe will be accompanied by the sensational stylings of pianist, Meiko Maeshige.
Immediately following the hour-long show, Blythe performs another show called A Girl With 3 Guys, which features Jimmy Luo, Ben Paltin, and acclaimed jazz musician, Ron Kobayashi. Be on the lookout for a special appearance by the nimble-fingered guitarist, Doc Paltin.
Tickets can be purchased at the venue on the day of the performance, but if you buy online, you save. Click the show titles below to buy tickets for the two performances:
Eclectic Youth’s Some of Our Favorite Things Curtain time: 11am
A Girl With 3 Guys Curtain time: 12pm
Saturday, March 14
5522 E. La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92807
Tickets are $15
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