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Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation

December 14, 2011 - 9:29am

What the Dickens are the Batavia Players up to now?

According to Patrick Burk, the popular local theater group's president, they "wanted to do a wonderful Christmas gift to the community for the support of our new Harvester 56 Theater" this holiday season.

So they're putting on their own rendition of Charles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol," the story of Ebenezer Scrooge -- a greedy, bitter, lonely old miser whose whole way of looking at the world gets turned upside down by a series of ghostly visitations on Christmas Eve.

Burk described the show as "bright and colorful as well as technically magical."

"It has a classic storyline and has always been one of my favorites," he said. "I could never find where an original version had been done (in Batavia, at least). A couple of contemporary versions with modern day spins were done in the '70s and early '80s."

The Players, on the other hand, will be giving folks pure Dickens, without any modern spin. All costumes and sets are going to be traditional. The music will be "contemporary for the time (the early 1840s, to be precise)," but with a few newer carols, according to Burk.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, in addition to a matinée performance at 2 o'clock on Sunday. All performances will be at the Harvester 56 Theatre, at 56 Harvester Ave. in Batavia.

Sunday's performance will be held for the benefit of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation.

"Many of (the foundation's) members have been very supportive of us," Burk said, "I am so happy to be able to do this for them."

For those who are not familiar with Dickens' story, one of its most well-known and endearing characters is a sick child named Tiny Tim. Burk felt the Napoleone Foundation would be a "good fit" for this story.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors. They can be purchased through www.showtix4u.com.

March 14, 2011 - 2:45pm

A number of "wish list" items will be presented by the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, Inc., at 4 p.m. Tuesday to benefit sick children at the B&L Wholesale Pediatric Treament Center.

The treatment center is located at Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The goods will also benefit the Center for Pediatric Biomedical Research.

Donated items include an iPad, camera, toys, photo printing supplies and a cell electroporation system to the research center.

Attending the presentation will be medical staff and also Mark and Laurie Napoleone (Michael's parents) along with board members of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation.

Michael's parents established a foundation in his memory after he died in 2006 from Burkitt's Lymphoma/Leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer. During Michael’s year-long illness, the community rallied around the family to assist with food, gas, medical bills and other necessities.

The foundation was created to give back to those who cared, give forward to those in need, and to support research efforts in finding a cure for childhood cancer. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with the mission to “Lend a Hand for Hope” by:

  • Assisting families whose children are undergoing cancer treatment with expenses related to hospital stays; provide those children with support during treatment and the means to remain connected with school, family and friends.
  • Supporting ongoing research efforts in pediatric blood cancers.
  • Offering assistance to youth organizations and community sports programs in Michael’s memory.
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