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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Councilman takes turn on stage

City Councilman John Chelminiak is used to an audience, but he rarely gets a chance to sing in a Council meeting. That changes Saturday, when Chelminiak takes the stage at the Meydenbauer Center for the Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation's "Music of the Night."

Chelminiak and several members of the Bellevue Youth Theatre will perform a variety of songs from classic Broadway musicals, including "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Sound of Music," "Les Miserables" and "Man of La Mancha." The gala, which includes dinner, starts at 6 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE Sixth St. 

Following in the footsteps of other government officials who've offered their services in recent years to benefit Bellevue's theater, Chelminiak will perform two songs. Last year, Deputy Mayor Claudia Balducci and Councilman Conrad Lee sang in a benefit performance of "Cats," and Mayor Grant Degginger played the Rabbi in 2007's "Fiddler on the Roof."

Tickets for "Music of the Night," which benefits the Youth Theatre, are $150. Tickets are available at the BYT or by phone at 425-766-7418. For more information, call 425-452-7155.

The Bellevue Youth Theatre provides opportunities for creative expression and self-discovery. Using an inclusive approach -- everyone who auditions gets a part -- the program successfully integrates youth, adults and people with disabilities in quality family theatrical productions, helping to build a strong and compassionate community.

The Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to supporting and fostering the program and raising funds to enhance the quality of the theater experience for participants and audiences.

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Bellevue, WA 98008
Phone: 425-452 -7155
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