Clear Space actors return with cabaret benefit

Amidst its bustling spring calendar, Clear Space Theatre Company is set to welcome back three former members of their Acting Company for a one-night-only performance. Schyler Conaway, Michael Matthias and Dana Peragallo, who all relocated from Sussex County to New York City nearly two years ago, will take to the Clear Space stage on Saturday, May 10.

Along with fellow NYC artists Jenna Pinchbeck and Will Shuler, the group will bring their evening of music, “just GIVING,” to Rehoboth Beach immediately following the evening’s performance of CSTC’s “Avenue Q.” The group originally presented the cabaret at The Duplex in New York City in February as a fundraiser for Autism Speaks and raised more than $2,000 over the course of the evening.

Selections for the evening cover the gamut of musical theater, ranging from Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” to the recent Tony-winning musical “Matilda,” the animated film “Frozen” to short-lived musical TV drama “Smash” and many things in between.

“We had such a great time performing together and raising money for a terrific cause the first time around, we wanted the show and the fundraising to carry on,” said Matthias. “Since Clear Space was our artistic home for so long, it seemed perfect to bring our new family of friends from New York City and raise money for an organization we care about so deeply. We’re thrilled that Clear Space is welcoming us back with open arms!”

The trio’s history with Clear Space stems back to the inception of the organization. Conaway performed in the ensemble of their very first full-scale production, “Oklahoma,” in the summer of 2005 and continued to perform in various productions and events through 2010. Matthias began with their production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in 2007 and appeared in numerous productions through 2012, while also acting as the organization’s PR director for more than two years.

Dana Peragallo, Clear Space’s long-time director of development, also performed with Clear Space for a majority of their 10 years in Rehoboth Beach, in productions such as “Dirty Blonde,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Cabaret” and “Annie,” among many others, in addition to being a presence in the Clear Space Arts Institute as an instructor.

The show, “just GIVING: An Evening of Music to Benefit Clear Space Theatre Company” will play one night only, on Saturday, May 10, at 9:30 p.m. at the Clear Space Theatre, located at 20 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. Admission for the evening is free; however, patrons are being urged to make a donation to Clear Space in lieu of purchasing a ticket.

For more information, call the box office at (302) 227-2270 or visit www.ClearSpaceTheatre.org.