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Heart-A-Rama Hits the $3 Million Mark in Fundraising in its 50th Year!

It took a couple extra years due to COVID postponements, but Heart-A-Rama’s 50th season in 2022 entitled “Heart-A-Rama Strikes Gold” raised $106,400 for the American Heart Association with over $10,000 staying in Manitowoc County to purchase AEDs for organizations in need.  And, Heart-A-Rama literally struck gold by surpassing the $3 million mark in fundraising for the American Heart Association!

Heart-A-Rama began in 1971 and raised $1367.96 after a two-night run.  In the year 2000, Heart-A-Rama reached the $1 million mark.  In 2009, Heart-A-Rama hit the $2 million mark in fundraising.  This year, Heart-A-Rama celebrates raising $3 million!

Special thanks go to those patrons and businesses who bought tickets and advertising for the 2020 show, which was postponed due to COVID, and donated those purchases, along with buying again for the 2022 shows.  In addition, Heart-A-Rama raised thousands of dollars on the “Best Seat in the House” auctions, which greatly contributed to the goal of reaching $3 million, so extra thanks go to those bidders.  Finally, Heart-A-Rama thanks all those who attended this year’s shows, supporting the cause through their purchases of food, clothing, auction items, and more!

Of course, Heart-A-Rama wouldn’t be possible without the countless volunteers who work on the stage, in the band, in sales, and in the background.  Every volunteer matters to Heart-A-Rama, and that is why the organization has thrived for 50 years!  If you, in any way, have contributed to Heart-A-Rama this year and in the past, thank you!  You Gotta Have Heart!

Heart-A-Rama’s 50th Anniversary Show Is On!

It may have taken two extra years to get here, but Heart-A-Rama’s 50th anniversary show is happening THIS SPRING!

Auditions

Auditions for the show will take place at 7 P.M. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Behringer Room of the Two Rivers Community House, and 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, Feb. 20, in the Koska Room of the Two Rivers Community House for anyone who is at least 21 years old. Those auditioning will be asked to read from a provided script and sing a brief song (“Happy Birthday” is acceptable!). Those auditioning should bring a list of scheduling conflicts for March and April. Cast members must be available for all scheduled rehearsals, dress rehearsals on April 24 and 25, and performances.

Theme

“Heart-A-Rama Strikes Gold” is this year’s theme, and shows will be April 28-30 and May 5-7 at the J.E. Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers.  This year’s show will bring back classic skits such as “The Galloping Gourmet,” “The Bout,” and “If I Came Back from History.”

Tickets

Tickets for “Heart-A-Rama Strikes Gold!” will go on sale soon.  Whether you’re buying new tickets or exchanging tickets you bought for the postponed 2020 dates, more details on dates, locations, etc. for ticket sales will be released in the very near future.  Patrons who already bought tickets for 2020 will need to exchange them for new tickets or buy new.  You will not be able to exchange tickets at the door.

About Heart-A-Rama

Heart-A-Rama has raised just over $2.9 million dollars in 49 years for the American Heart Association, along with donating AEDs (automated external defibrillators) to local nonprofit organizations!  We are hoping to reach the $3 million mark this year as we celebrate 50 years!

HEART-A-RAMA POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING OF 2022

Due to the increased presence of COVID-19 in Manitowoc County, the 50th anniversary show of Heart-A-Rama has been postponed until the spring of 2022 to protect the health and safety of our cast, crew, and audience. Show dates for the spring shows will be April 28-30 and May 5-7.

Heart-A-Rama brings in more than 250 patrons per night, along with many cast and crew members, so the Heart-A-Rama Leadership Team felt postponing until spring was the best way to provide a top-notch “Heart-A-Rama experience” that our audience expects. We value our community too much to put anyone at risk.

To our sponsors and guests: Please wait for further instructions and hold on to your tickets if you had already purchased them for the 2020 show. Information on ticket options will be announced prior to the show dates.

If you have questions or concerns about this announcement, please connect with Heart-A-Rama on Facebook or through our website. Stay safe and healthy, and remember, You Gotta Have Heart!

Heart-A-Rama 2021 Auditions Coming Soon!

Auditions for Heart-A-Rama’s 50th anniversary show are on! They will take place at 7 P.M. on Wednesday, Aug. 18, and 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, Aug. 22, in the Mertens Family Lobby/Kadow Movie Museum at the Capitol Civic Centre for anyone who is at least 21 years old. Those auditioning will be asked to read from a provided script and sing a brief song (“Happy Birthday” is acceptable!). Those auditioning should bring a list of scheduling conflicts for September and October. Cast members must be available for all scheduled rehearsals, dress rehearsals on October 24 and 25, and performances.

“Heart-A-Rama Strikes Gold” is this year’s theme, and shows will be October 28-30 and November 4-6 at the J.E. Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers. This year’s show will bring back classic skits such as “The Galloping Gourmet,” “The Bout,” and “If I Came Back from History.”

Also, we will be selling 50th anniversary DVDs ($10), 50th anniversary DVD movie posters ($10), Heart-A-Rama yard signs ($5), and Heart-A-Rama can koozies ($3 or 2 for $5) at auditions, so bring some money along, if interested! See you soon!

Heart-A-Rama is Back!

The 50th anniversary of Heart-A-Rama will officially take place October 28-30 and November 4-6, 2021, at the J.E. Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers. “Heart-A-Rama Strikes Gold!” is the theme, and the show will celebrate 50 years by bringing back many old favorites, including “The Galloping Gourmet” and “If I Came Back from History,” along with seagulls and a roundabout invading the stage!

Auditions for the show will take place Wednesday, August 18, at 7:00 PM and Sunday, August 22, at 1:00 PM at the Capitol Civic Centre Mertens/Kadow Room. Those auditioning need only attend one of the dates. If cast, you must be available for rehearsals in September and October, dress rehearsals, and all show dates. Please check your calendar in advance!

Tickets for “Heart-A-Rama Strikes Gold!” will go on sale in August. Whether you’re buying new tickets or exchanging tickets you bought for the postponed 2020 dates, more details on dates, locations, etc. for ticket sales will be released in the very near future. Patrons who already bought tickets for 2020 will need to exchange them for new tickets or buy new. You will not be able to exchange last year’s tickets at the door.

Heart-A-Rama has raised just over $2.9 million dollars in 49 years for the American Heart Association, along with donating AEDs (automated external defibrillators) to local nonprofit organizations! We are hoping to reach the $3 million mark this year as we celebrate 50 years!

HEART-A-RAMA POSTPONED UNTIL FALL OF 2021

Due to the continued presence of COVID-19 in Manitowoc County, the 50th anniversary show of Heart-A-Rama has been postponed until Fall of 2021 to protect the health and safety of our cast, crew, and audience. Show dates for the Fall shows will be October 28, 29, and 30, and November 4, 5, and 6.

With Heart-A-Rama bringing in more than 250 patrons per night, along with many cast and crew members, there is no safe way to social distance according to CDC guidelines in the current health landscape while still providing a top-notch “Heart-A-Rama experience.” We value our community too much to put anyone at risk.

To our sponsors and guests: Please wait for further instructions and hold on to your tickets if you had already purchased them for the 2020 show.  Information on ticket options will be announced prior to the show dates.

If you have questions or concerns about this announcement, please connect with Heart-A-Rama on  Facebook or here at heartarama.org. Stay safe and healthy, and remember,  You Gotta Have Heart!

Heart-A-Rama 2020 Ticket Update

As previously announced, Heart-A-Rama’s 50th anniversary show has been postponed until 2021. Scheduled show dates are April 22, 23, and 24, and April 29, 30, and May 1.

Some of you may have purchased tickets for this year’s show and are wondering what to do with them. Heart-A-Rama has three choices for you regarding your ticket purchases:

  1. Consider your 2020 ticket purchase a donation for this year to help Heart-A-Rama reach its goal of raising $3 million for heart health.
  2. Hold onto your ticket(s) until 2021 and exchange them for 2021 show tickets. More info on when/where will be announced on our Facebook page and website in 2021.
  3. Get a refund. How? Please leave a message with Tom Bartelme @ 920-645-1787. Refund requests must be made by Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Tom will then get back to you with details.

If you have questions or concerns about this announcement, please connect with Heart-A-Rama on Facebook or here on our website. Stay safe and healthy, and remember, You Gotta Have Heart!

HEART-A-RAMA POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

Due to the continued presence of COVID-19 in Manitowoc County, the 50th anniversary show of Heart-A-Rama has been postponed until 2021 to protect the health and safety of our cast, crew, and audience. Show dates for 2021 are scheduled for April 22, 23, and 24, and April 29, 30, and May 1.

With Heart-A-Rama bringing in more than 250 patrons per night, along with many cast and crew members, there is no safe way to social distance according to CDC guidelines in the current health landscape while still providing a top-notch “Heart-A-Rama experience.” We value our community too much to put anyone at risk.  While we are saddened by this necessary decision, we plan on celebrating our 50th anniversary to the fullest extent and with the biggest heart in 2021!  Remember, we all want to reach the goal of $3 million raised toward heart health, and you can be a part of that in 2021!

To our sponsors and guests: Please wait for further instructions and hold on to your tickets if you had already purchased them for the 2020 show. Information on ticket options will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you have questions or concerns about this announcement, please connect with Heart-A-Rama on  Facebook or at  www.heartarama.org. Stay safe and healthy, and remember,  You Gotta Have Heart!