Mu­si­cal to back Cate

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

COFFS Har­bour Am­a­teur The­atri­cal So­ci­ety will take to the stage next month to raise funds for a lo­cal fam­ily bat­tling can­cer.

The play, Love Letters by A.R. Gur­ney, will be di­rected for CHATS by Al­li­son Low­den. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds will be go­ing to the Walsh Fam­ily Fundraiser that has been set up to raise money to sup­port mother of two, Cate Walsh, with med­i­cal costs.

In May, Cate per­formed at the Jetty Theatre as a cast mem­ber in the mu­si­cal Wicked. She was di­ag­nosed with re­cur­ring cer­vi­cal can­cer dur­ing the fi­nal week of the pro­duc­tion.

A com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Coffs Har­bour Mu­si­cal Com­edy Com­pany, Cate and her hus­band Ger­ard, a lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cer, are well known in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

They have a young fam­ily, which is why the Walsh Fam­ily Fundraiser was launched with the sup­port of Po­lice Legacy.

CHATS vice-pres­i­dent Dee Tune said the am­a­teur the­atri­cal so­ci­ety didn’t hes­i­tate when or­gan­is­ers of the fundraiser asked for help.

“Coffs Har­bour Am­a­teur The­atri­cal So­ci­ety jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to work with the fundrais­ers; to find ways to con­trib­ute and to help sup­port Cate and her fam­ily,” Ms Tune said.

“We had one play or­gan­ised for our Oc­to­ber sea­son at the Jetty Me­mo­rial Theatre. Now we have a very spe­cial rea­son to have two.

“We are hop­ing our tra­di­tional CHATS au­di­ences and lo­cals new to theatre pro­duc­tions will at­tend the play and love it.”

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