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Director of Ohlone College's Summerfest 'Broadway Mashup' aims for fall production

By Darren Sabedra, The Argus.

Saturday, July 21, 2012—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Dancers rehearse at Ohlone College.FREMONT—The community behind Ohlone College's "Summerfest" theater program is rallying to keep the operation afloat in 2013 -- and beyond -- despite ongoing financial issues.

The group recently raised $10,000 from its production of "Broadway Mashup: Putting It Together" and aims to produce "Broadway Mashup II" in September in hopes of bringing in more cash and another live theater event to Fremont.

The goal is to collect $30,000 to continue the "Summerfest" series next year. At this point, the group is close to halfway there.

"In light of all the economic cutbacks, people are coming together on their own to make this happen," said Fred Alim, director of "Broadway Mashup: Putting It Together" and a longtime staff member of the school's theater program.

The live "Summerfest" production returned this year after financial cuts brought down the curtain the past two years.

Alim called the two-year absence difficult, but added, "Now we're full of enthusiasm and excitement."

This year's summer series has included movie singalong nights in the school's amphitheater. The next one, "The Sound of Music," is scheduled for Aug. 24. A week later, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" will be shown. Admission for the movies is $5.

The money raised from the movies also goes toward next summer's series.

Alim said he would like to "raise enough money so that we can open with more than one (live) show" next year.

He was particularly proud of the effort behind his "Broadway Mashup: Putting It Together" show in late June. Alim noted that 92 people in all -- including actors, faculty, staff, parents and administrators -- took part to make the production a reality. Their efforts were rewarded.

"We had great crowds," Alim said.

One supporter of Alim's musical, Deborah Carpenter, wrote in an email to Bay Area News Group that the production provides "an excellent opportunity for local youth and adults to showcase their talents.

"We need live theater in Fremont."

Alim said he plans to take a little break before setting his sights on "Broadway Mashup II," a show he hopes to have ready by mid-September.

"I am going to make it happen," he said.

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