Playhouse to Partner with Held2Gether to Benefit WomenShelter of Long Beach


Image courtesy of Long Beach Playhouse.

The Long Beach Playhouse and local improv artists Held2Gether will team up to provide a night of improv and sketch comedy to benefit the WomenShelter of Long Beach, the playhouse announced Tuesday. The show, A Miracle on Anaheim Street, will take place on Saturday, December 5.

“This is a great opportunity for us at the Playhouse to give back to our community,” said Playhouse Executive Director Andrew Vonderschmitt in a statement. “We are always looking for ways to collaborate with local artists and if we can benefit a local institution in the process it’s a win-win.”

A Miracle on Anaheim Street is the brainchild of Held2Gether founder, Darren Held, according to the announcement. Held says this first holiday show with the playhouse should make for a side-splitting evening of short sketches and long form improv.

“Long Beach is an amazing community, full of so many worthy charities,” said Held in a statement. “The fact we can complement the WomenShelter and their valiant mission in any way is truly an honor.”

“Domestic Violence is a community problem and we are so grateful to the Long Beach Playhouse and Held2Gether for bringing holiday high-jinx and good spirits to our community to raise much-needed funds for our shelter and programs.” said Director of Development Susan DeLand in a statement. “A Miracle on Anaheim Street will make miracles happen for families struggling for a brighter future.”

Performance is at 8:00PM on Saturday, December 5. The box office will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 3:00PM to 8:00PM. Tickets are available via the playhouse website here or by calling 562.494.1014, option 1.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 East Anaheim Street.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist. She was recently awarded first place in writing by the California News Publisher Association for her profile on local artist Narsiso Martinez.