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Broadway-design performances coming to United Ability’s Journey of HOPE on August 28

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Alie B.Gorrie is carrying out at Red Mountain Theatre for the United Ability’s Journey of HOPE. Photograph through Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Broadway is coming to Birmingham, thanks to Magic City indigenous Alie B. Gorrie and her fellow entertainers Evan Ruggerio and Blake Stadnik.

Preserve the Date, Hop On the net

The trio, who every have disabilities, are veteran performers on Broadway, leading-rated networks demonstrates, and concert halls all over the country.  

This Saturday, August 28th, 6:00pm, they are headlining United Ability’s Journey of HOPE fundraiser presented by Medical Attributes Belief. The digital event will be reside-streamed.

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Each individual 12 months, our neighborhood arrives with each other for just one night to rejoice the 1000’s of journeys taken by cherished ones with disabilities and their people who advantage from United Means.

The dwell general performance and auction will be held at the new Red Mountain Theatre Arts campus. The celebration honors one particular of Birmingham’s most beloved company citizens — Brasfield & Gorrie.

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Examine on about why this year’s party is all the a lot more inspiring simply because of Alie B. and her friends.

A Homecoming

“I grew up at Red Mountain Theatre!” Allie B instructed me when we started our job interview about the future Journey of HOPE performance.

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Alie B. Gorrie at Pink Mountain Theatre. Picture by using Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Right after college or university at Nashville’s Belmont University, she put in 5 yrs carrying out in musicals and performs in New York Town and on tours about the region.  

Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“Actors had been out of a job. I would say 80% of the people today in my circle remaining the metropolis (NYC),” Alie B. stated. “I came again to Birmingham, and now get the job done complete time at Crimson Mountain Theatre as the neighborhood training supervisor.”

Disability Advocacy

Now that Alie B. is again in town, she is thrilled to assist United Skill and Journey of HOPE.  Disability advocacy has been one particular of her passions.

“It’s so pleasurable becoming with United Means now, simply because I grew up doing disability advocacy here in Birmingham in a distinctive kind of way,” she claimed. “I have low vision and so when I was rising up, I started out an group that served other young children with reduced eyesight get what they needed. I’m absolutely no stranger to the truth that incapacity advocacy is seriously essential below additional than ever, and disability organizations need the assistance.”

While she was in New York, Alie B. advocated for incapacity inclusion in theater. It makes the upcoming Journey of HOPE function all the far more special simply because it is utilizing theater to increase awareness.

Joining the Functionality

Two shut close friends are becoming a member of Alie B. on the Journey of HOPE stage this Saturday – Evan Ruggerio and Blake Stadnik. Both of those are growing stars in the enjoyment small business and they are each dwelling with a disability. 

“Evan is a musical theater actor, dancer, musician and he’s an amputee,” explained Alie B.  “He’s a tap dancer that dances with a peg leg. He has appeared on Ellen and toured with Jason Mraz. He’s a phenomenal artist and particular person.”

“And yep, his Instagram title is Lord Peg Leg! And you will see him tap dance!” she smiled.

Listed here is a video clip of Jason Mraz & Evan Ruggerio:


Blake Stadnik completes the troup. If Blake’s name sounds common, he has appeared on the well-known NBC series ”This is Us.” 

“We satisfied in an acting course, and he also has reduced vision,” she additional

Sneak Peek

So what will you see at Journey of HOPE? 

“Expect every little thing from Broadway songs to Billy Joel,” Alie B. advised us. “You can count on some tap dancing from all three of us, not just Evan, even however he’ll be performing most of it. You can anticipate a ton of strength, a lot of exhilaration. The energy from us three will be really superior.”

They are also likely to share their activities to encourage other folks living with disabilities to comply with their passions and stay out their goals.  

In truth, “dream new dreams” is the mantra that United Ability’s late CEO, Dr. Gary Edwards applied to encourage all he came into speak to with. It is what United Capacity does as you will during Saturday night. 

Honoring Brasfield & Gorrie

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United Means structures created by Brasfield & Gorrie. Photo via United Skill

Of course, the future reside general performance also implies a terrific offer to Alie B. due to the fact it honors her father Jim Gorrie and the company he has led for a long time.

“It is fascinating for me to see Brasfield & Gorrie honored since they are committed to basically setting up a much more available entire world for folks with disabilities. It is so enjoyable that they are currently being acknowledged by an group that champions inclusion. I enjoy the organization, and all the folks there, specifically the boss, he’s my preferred man or woman!”

Never Miss It — August 28th

Established your reminder for Saturday, August 28th, 6:00pm. Get up your close friends and neighbors. Check out the present, participate in the virtual auction and give. 
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