This past weekend we at Clear Choice Photo Booth were honored to be a part of the Near West Theatre Benefit event in Cleveland. We had a blast running the photo booth rental at the event, which was held to raise operating funds for their art and mission.

The Near West Theatre is a unique cultural arts program that provides a solid structure for both adult and children actors. Anyone with a passion for theatre is welcomed into the community, whether they have plenty of experience or are beginners at the start of their journey. NWT is made up of nearly 1,000 volunteers, all of various races, cultures, religions and backgrounds. Every member is treated with respect and no one is turned down due to their economic status.

All participants do not get paid, and Near West Theatre does not receive any money from them. Their services include a six-week technical training workshop in the summer for young people, who learn what goes into the creation of sets, props, lighting, sound and special effects. The workshop is free in exchange of working as crew members during the theater season. NWT consists of about 200 members between the ages of 7 to 21, including 2nd generation members who perform next to their parents and family.

The Near West Theatre recently broke ground on their new building, located in the Gordon Square Arts District. They are in the process of raising the final $250,000 left from their initial goal of $7.3 million for the new theatre. The building is expected to be completed by the spring of 2015. The final two spring shows include a performance of Once On This Island Jr., consisting of a cast ages 9 to 15, as well as an all age musical, Move On, running the last half of June.

Clear Choice Photo Booth was excited to be a part of such a beautiful event for a great cause. The benefit was held at the Trinity Cathedral, located in downtown Cleveland. It created a gorgeous backdrop for the event, with it’s high ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows. Both performers and event attendees enjoyed hopping into the photo booth to have some fun with the props and create some memorable photographs. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening in the presence of such a talented collection of people, with the highlight being an outstanding performance consisting of 55 cast members of all ages.

For more information about Near West Theatre please click here.

If your company is interested in hiring a photo booth rental please contact us, we would love to be a part of your event!

Angela Giaco is the social media & online marketer for CCPB. She also has a ton of fun running the blog and getting to communicate with both old and new clients. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & Video. You can find her on Google.