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Pasadena Playhouse puts on benefit for Haiti

January 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
"A Pasadena Playhouse Benefit Concert for Haiti" will feature several performers, including some from Haiti. They are all helping to raise money for people who remain in dire need of support. Entertainment reporter George Pennacchio caught up with the performers at rehearsals.The Haitian performers involved with the benefit were touched by the love and support the world has already shown for the people of Haiti. But they know there is still more to be done.

"This is not going to go away tomorrow, next month or next year even," said performer Paul Jerome. "So we have to keep it, you know, we have to keep Haiti in everybody's consciousness."

"Part of it is that it's an opportunity for us to give back in the way that we are as artists," said performer Yvans Jourdain.

"My mother and father and sisters are still in Haiti," said performer Nadge August. "And in the area where they live right now, I heard as of today, there's still no relief in their area. They are having to band together to try to figure out how to help their neighbors."

"The $10 that I gave off my phone bill wasn't enough. So I felt like I had to share my talent and give as much as I can through that," said performer Crystal Starr.

"Everybody's choosing songs that have a second meaning, a deeper meaning, a richer meaning," said musical director Gerald Sternbach.

"They're going to be singing their hearts out. So when you come, it will just overtake you," said director Iona Morris. "You will see what the talent is in our city and also see what we all want to do in order to see a very far away country re-build."

Ameenah Kaplan hopes her drums will help drum up donations.

"I hope to just send some of that love to the dancers and pass it on to the audience, get them moved, and get them giving money for the cause," said drummer Ameenah Kaplan.

The money raised goes to UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Clinton Bush Haiti Relief Fund. The event is Monday at 7:30 p.m., at the Pasadena Playhouse.