‘A Labor of Love’ Silver Anniversary Cabaret Tomorrow Night-December 2nd at 7:30 PM at Howard Community College to Raise Money for the Emergency Fund of AIDS Alliance of Howard County by Carolyn Kelemen

Tomorrow night at 7:30 PM at Howard Community College’s Smith Theatre A Labor of Love’s A Silver Anniversary Cabaret will star local and Broadway stars who are there to raise money for the Emergency Fund of AIDS Alliance of Howard County.


In times of crisis, art can stimulate change, educate people and, at the very least, deal with personal grief. Once again, dozens of performing artists will gather at the Howard Community College Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on Monday, Dec. 2nd to deal with the AIDS crisis in the way that they know best:  singing and dancing.

Carole Graham Lehan
Carole Graham Lehan

Past A Labor of Love benefits have been held on Labor Day with the exception of the very first show at Slayton House, a concert performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Jim Rouse Theatre, Follies at Toby’s Dinner Theater, and our fabulous “Cabaret” at HCC a few years ago. This 25th anniversary of the fund-raiser for the Howard County AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund will showcase a large roster of singers, dancers, and TV/movie celebrities in A Silver Anniversary Cabaret, directed by Carole Graham Lehan, with artistic support from Toby Orenstein (a dynamic force since the inception in 1988) and Jenny Male, coordinator of musical theater at HCC. With its theme “A Homecoming,” artists who grew up in Howard County will travel from Broadway, California, and throughout the East Coast.

Toby Orenstein.
Toby Orenstein.

“We’re talking about people in the arts giving of themselves,” explains Toby Orenstein, Founding Director of Toby’s Dinner Theatre, the Columbia Center for Theater Arts, and The Young Columbians – all part of this year’s celebration.As in past years, all the money raised will support an Emergency AIDS Fund, by the Howard County Health Alliance. Some of the money will be given to Howard County Healthy Families fund that helps individuals living with AIDS/HIV, or those at risk, meet their daily needs.

Look for information on all these Broadway gypsies and more at LaborOfLoveSilver.wordpress.com.

Tickets are $25 for show at 7:30 p.m. and a $50 for a pre-show reception, and concert.

Tickets available at ALaborOfLove.eventbrite.com.



From A Labor of Love’ cabaret celebrates 25th anniversary

HIV/AIDS benefit set for Dec. 2 in Columbia

November 25, 2013 by Julia Reed of The Baltimore Sun

Carolyn Kelemen.
Carolyn Kelemen.

A Labor of Love founded in 1988 by DCMetroTheaterArts’ writer Carolyn Kelemen, was created to address the HIV/AIDS crisis during a time when the theater community was losing many performers to it. “That isn’t true today — the situation has changed in the past 25 years,” Kelemen says in regard to advances in medicine and HIV/AIDS treatment. A more joyous event this time around, the December 2nd performance will serve as a homecoming for many of the original performers and celebrate better times for patients.

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Carolyn Kelemen
Carolyn Kelemen is an award-winning arts critic and feature writer for the Baltimore Sun, Howard County Times, and Columbia Flier - 45 years and counting. The Columbia resident earned her Masters Degree in Dance at Mills College in California and has taught college and graduate courses at Goucher College, Loyola, the College of Notre Dame and Howard Community College. A professional dancer throughout the East Coast in the late 50s and early 60s, she was trained in classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap. Her TV/film career includes MPT’s “ weeknight Alive” and years of local productions in the Maryland/DC area. Carolyn is a longtime member of the Dance Critics of America, the American Theatre Critics Association. She has proudly produced the “A Labor of Love” AIDS benefits since 1988.


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