Boys & Girls Club

Twenty contestants, two tribes, but only one “Survivor.” Local celebrities will try to “out sing, out perform and out shine” the competition in Survivor, the Musical, an upcoming Theatre at the Mount production to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster.

Tickets are now on sale for the dinner-theatre production, which will take place at Mount Wachusett Community College on Friday, Jan. 17. MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino, Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Donata Martin, WPKZ radio personality Ray “Ray C” Chalifoux and other presidents, CEOs and executives of area businesses and organizations, will be among the featured contestants.

The performers will compete in this take-off on the popular TV reality show. Singing, dancing, acting, puzzles, trivia, and the dreaded “tribal council” will provide a full evening of non-stop fun. Survivor, the Musical is conceived and hosted by Theatre at the Mount veteran Chris Casello. The event begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7:30 p.m.

“We are delighted to offer this venue to benefit the children served by the Boys & Girls Club,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “Having received the support of this national organization as a child, I know first-hand that the opportunities and experiences are transformative. Theatre at the Mount always does a fantastic job and Survivor the Musical, featuring well-known members of our community, promises to be an evening of exceptional entertainment for a most worthy cause.”

Since 2001, the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster has worked in youth development with young people ages 8 to 18 from many economic, social and family circumstances. In August 2008, the organization consolidated its Fitchburg and Leominster clubhouses to a location just off Route 2 on the Fitchburg-Leominster line. The new, state-of-the art club is located in a former private school on eight acres adjacent to the Doyle Conservation Center operated by The Trustees of Reservations and features numerous classrooms, meeting places, a full gymnasium, a teen center and plenty of outdoor play and study areas.

“From its beginning, the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster has benefited from the generosity of individuals, corporations and organizations,” said M. Marcus Moran, Jr., president of the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors and president and CEO of Aubuchon Hardware. “We thank the community for its ongoing support of the club and its many fine programs through fundraising events and volunteerism, and we are grateful to Mount Wachusett Community College for serving as our primary sponsor and host of this upcoming event.”

The nonprofit organization’s executive director, Donata Martin, has been nationally recognized for creating outstanding programs for the club members, Moran added.

“Enrollment in the club is robust. The collective efforts of all have led to a strong board of directors that is invested in the club’s mission of inspiring and enabling all young people to realize their full potential,” Moran said.

Tickets to the dinner and theatre performance are $100 per person, and tables of eight or 10 are available. For reservations and sponsorship opportunities, contact Patty Fields at 978-534-8358, ext. 17 or email pfields@bgcfl.org. Dinner and theatre tickets may also be purchased through MWCC by contacting Lois Cox at 978-630-9101 or lcox@mwcc.mass.edu. Tickets to attend just the performance are $20 and are available through the theatre box office at 978-630-9388 or online at www.mwcc.edu/tam.