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OBSP’s ‘Carousel’ Partners with Center for Family Services To Aid Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Press Release | No Comments

January 15, 2015 — The Off Broad Street Players’ (OBSP) upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel will directly aid victims of domestic violence through OBSP’s partnership with the Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) progra of the Center for Family Services, the domestic violence service provider for Cumberland and Gloucester County.

A portion of each regular-priced ticket sold for performances of Carousel will be donated to SERV to further the program’s support of victims of domestic violence. The non-profit program offers confidential and free 24/7 services 365 days a year, including counseling, education, and outreach. SERV also provides personnel to accompany victims to hospitals, police departments, and court appointments, as well as emergency safe housing for victims of domestic violence.

Carousel opens Friday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Millville’s historic Levoy Theatre and runs through Sunday, February 15.

The Levoy Theatre, where OBSP is the resident theatre company, has also pledged its support and will welcome personnel from SERV, who will be on hand in the theatre lobby to discuss the program’s services and the difference it makes in the lives of members of the Southern New Jersey community. In addition, SERV staff members will take part in panel “talkback” discussions of Carousel, featuring the director and cast members, to be held after the production’s February 8 and 13 performances.

“Domestic violence is a tragic and age-old issue that has affected far too many members of our community, and we want to help,” said David Halter, president of OBSP’s board of trustees. “Even a small part of Carousel’s beautiful story highlights the effects of domestic violence on a small town, a beautiful young couple, and the family they try to create together. Our production of this Broadway classic inspired us to seek out a way we could do a small part, and we were very pleased and fortunate to be able to partner with the dedicated people of the SERV program, who play a very large part in the support of victims and the work to eradicate this terrible issue.”

According to SERV, more than one in three women and more than one in four men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. For more information on SERV, visit https://centerffs.org/serv/welcome.

Carousel will be held February 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.; February 8 at 3 p.m.; February 12 at 7 p.m.; February 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.; and February 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at www.levoy.net.

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