Beaverton High School alumna plans virtual benefit concert
Beaverton High School alumna and Broadway star Shoshana Bean is back for her third fundraiser to help the school's performing arts department.
But instead of packing the high school's auditorium with performances, Bean is taking the show online. On Monday, June 1, anyone can tune into her YouTube channel at 6 p.m. for "Shoshana Bean and Friends: An Evening of Broadway."
"I decided to this (virtually) because I had participated in enough of other people's events and benefits for other causes that I understood how it was working and I figured that I could produce it myself and with my resources and relationships to make it happen," said Bean.
The streamed show will welcome Beaverton School District students hand-picked by Bean from a special Instagram video contest, along with special industry guests including Broadway, TV and film star Jeremy Jordan and Tony- and Grammy award-winning performer Cynthia Erivo.
"It's challenging, but it's rewarding because I know that there were seniors who were devastated that this wasn't going to happen for them this year," Bean said.
The concert was originally scheduled for April in the school's auditorium, but due to Gov. Kate Brown's stay-at-home order, the event was then creatively put together online by Bean.
As for the concert's message, it addresses the need for alternative arts funding due to budget cuts. According to a press release for the event, Bean's Beaverton High School fundraising concerts have raised more than $50,000 for the school's performing arts department with funds helping upgrade facilities, pay for student participation, and provide scholarships for graduating seniors.
"It (has) become more about the community and the connection and the relationships that are created and the little individual lives that we touch," said Bean. "(With) coaching them this year, I hear about what they're going through and how much is on them. I feel like this is giving them an outlet to express themselves and be seen. It totally bolsters their confidence."
While at Beaverton High School, Bean was a Rhythm B, a member of the choir, and participated in school musicals under the direction of James Erickson. She went on to receive a BFA in musical theater from the University of Cincinnati College of Conservatory Music.
To tune into "Shoshana Bean and Friends: An Evening of Broadway," visit YouTube.com/ShoshanaBean at 6 p.m. on June 1.
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