2017 has been a busy yet incredibly thrilling year for JPAC so far. With the opening night of West Side Story drawing near, one might think that it’s enough excitement for our folks. But on the contrary, amidst the grueling rehearsals, we also held our very first annual gala benefit on April 5th earlier this month.
The gala, held on a Wednesday evening at Nomz Kitchen & Pastry at Grand Indonesia, was graced by the presence of people from various walks of life with the similar passion in supporting JPAC further the cause of bringing performing arts more accessible in Jakarta. Among our guests were Mr. Peter MacArthur, the Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Eduardo Banda, the First Secretary of the Peruvian Embassy, Ms. Affi Assegaff from Female Daily Network, and Mr. Daniel Ginting from Ginting Institute.
The main event of the gala featured silent auctions to support the community’s sustainability. The gala auctioned performances of iconic numbers from classic Broadway musicals, such as “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera, “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy, as well as contemporary musical theater hits, namely “Defying Gravity” from Wicked and “The Schuyler Sisters” from Hamilton. A special violin performance from one of our newest JPAC member Stephanie MacArthur, as well as illustrations and batik from two generous friends of JPAC were also up for bidding. Not to mention, as a preview for our upcoming production, our leading cast of West Side Story also gave a preview by performing “Tonight” and “Maria.”
It was a lovely evening filled with a great time with old friends, as well as striking acquaintances with new ones for a very important cause. We are immensely grateful for the overwhelming support we received in this event and in our community. Special thank you to Nomz Kitchen & Pastry for making our first gala a success.
Here’s to many more!