HAIR performs for a BFS Fundraiser

For Immediate Release: January 12, 2009
The Cast of HAIR ‘As Themselves’
A Benefit Concert for Brooklyn Free School
Contact: Corinne Goodman 718-965-3150 <mailto:corinneg@mindspring.com>corinneg@mindspring.com

Members of the Tony Award-Winning Broadway revival of the cast of HAIR are performing in a special benefit concert for Brooklyn Free School’s Building Campaign on Sunday, February 7th at 10:00 p.m. at The Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street in Manhattan. In the spirit of Brooklyn Free School, who’s motto is: “Where Children Can Be Themselves,” every HAIR cast member will be singing original material by new composers, some written by cast members themselves, as well as some new arrangements of old favorites.

Brooklyn Free School (BFS) is a K-12 democratic independent school that was founded in 2003, then the first democratic free school in New York City in 30 years. BFS, a racially, culturally and socio-economically diverse school, is a community that helps every child who walks through the door take charge of their own learning and their own lives. BFS is an inclusion school, where many students who had difficulty in a regular public or private school get a second chance. Students and staff each have one vote at the weekly democratic meetings where issues related to the daily running of the school are decided. Ability to pay is not a factor in student admission, and 80% of the students receive partial or full financial aid.

Brooklyn Free School outgrew cramped rented space where it was housed for the past 5 1/2 years in a church in Park Slope, and just bought and moved into its own dedicated space – a 5-story building on Clinton Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The BFS Building Campaign is raising the money the school borrowed from individuals to meet the downpayment on the building, as well as for renovations. The school hopes to turn the building green within the next five years. Contributions to the campaign can also be made online at the school’s website: <http://brooklynfreeschool.org>brooklynfreeschool.org

Admission for the benefit concert on February 7th at the Laurie Beechman Theater is $45 for adults, $35 for students. For reservations call the Laurie Beechman: 212-695-6909. There is a $15 food and drink minimum. The audience is encouraged to bring their checkbooks for additional tax-deductible donations to the school and HAIR-related auction items.

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