Musical to back Cate
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.”