• Music and theater with a donation to 9 Food Drive

    By: Kevin Campbell


    Tonight, Brand New Sheriff Productions is offering free entry to “Be a Lion” to the first 150 people donating canned and nonperishable food items to the 9 Food Drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

    Be a Lion” is a story of what happens when Dorothy leaves Oz and those left behind in the Emerald City live in a state of chaos. The Lion returns to Oz as a new ruler of the land.

    Full of music and elaborate costumes, “Be a Lion” is a spinoff from the 1978 film "The Wiz." 

    Rory Sheriff, director of Brand New Sheriff Productions, said there are similarities in the characters of his program and the struggles of people in the community living in need.

    “In 'Be a Lion' life as the citizens knew is no more. No leadership (and) no direction changed the way of life for some of the citizens of Oz,” Sheriff said.  “They had to flee the city for food.”

    For one night, May 30, Sheriff and his company will offer seats to their final dress rehearsal to the first 150 people who donate canned or nonperishable food.

    “I am a firm believer that I am my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper,” Sheriff said.  “We must create the kind of community we love living in. It starts with understanding and loving one another.”

    The 9 Food Drive, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, comes at an especially critical time, as area emergency pantries served by the food bank report increases in requests for assistance during the summer and giving is at a low point for the year.

    “If we just believe in ourselves and have faith in our ability, we can be a greater good for our community,” Sheriff said.

    Be a Lion” will open to the public from May 31 to June 9 at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, but the final dress rehearsal, on May 30, is a special evening to help support the 9 Food Drive.

    Be a Lion – Final Dress Rehearsal

    WHEN: Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

    WHY: Bring canned and nonperishable food items to support 9 Food Drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

    More information to the regular showing of Be a Lion can be found by clicking this link.

    PHOTOS: Be a Lion

    If you can’t make it to “Be a Lion”, you can still donate canned or nonperishable food items during the 9 Food Drive. Donations are accepted at any Ashley HomeStore, Showmars, Hendrick Honda and E.R. Plumbing Services. A complete list of donation locations is listed here.

    Because the food bank supplies food and essential grocery items to over 700 agencies feeding hungry people in 19 counties, a monetary donation helps the organizations.  For every $1 that the food bank receives, it distributes 7 pounds of food. You can donate now by clicking on this link.

    If your organization or business would like to get involved or help with 9 Food Drive or you have an inspiring story to share, please email Kevin Campbell, WSOC-TV community affairs manager, at kevin.campbell@wsoctv.com.​

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