THE BUTTERFLY: broadway for charity on may 17
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A musical theatre revue show for charity

Saturday May 17, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Marpole United Church, 1296 W. 67th Ave, Vancouver

Jacqueline Ko, soprano
Robin Eder-Warren, soprano
Angus Kellett, piano

Join award-winning sopranos Jacqueline Ko and Robin Eder-Warren for an evening of beautiful music in support of a great cause! The Butterfly is an original Broadway revue show about two young women following their dreams, brought to you by the company whose performances have been hailed as “an extraordinary feat” (North Shore News), “an evening of delight” and “a masterpiece” (Review Vancouver). Featuring hit songs from Frozen, Wicked, Les Misérables and more, The Butterfly is a one-of-a-kind charity fundraiser that will take you on a musical journey you’ll never forget.

In honour of the International Awareness Week for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (ME/CFS & FM), 100% of proceeds will go to the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation in support of the Complex Chronic Diseases Program. 

Run time approx. 90 minutes with one intermission. The evening will include a small reception and a prize raffle. 

Learn more about TICKETS here!

Generously sponsored by:
City Opera Vancouver

Dancey Studios
Kathryn Nickford Photography
Machuca Photography
Metro Theatre
Michelle Doherty Photograpy

The story behind the show
Soprano Jacqueline Ko has lived with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) since the age of six. Despite her struggle with illness, she has found a way to realize her dream of becoming an award-winning singer and founding her own opera and musical theatre company. In honour of the International Awareness Week for ME/CFS & FM, she hopes to use her passion for music to tell her story, and to raise funds and awareness for these life-altering chronic diseases.  

What is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects twenty-eight million people worldwide, making it far more prevalent than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy combined. Best known for causing crushing exhaustion unrelieved by sleep, ME/CFS affects all body systems, causing everything from chronic pain and heart problems to impaired vision and memory loss. Any physical or cognitive exertion worsens the symptoms, and studies report that ME/CFS can be as disabling as lupus and late-stage AIDS. Despite this, the cause of the disease is not known, and an estimated 80% of cases go undiagnosed. |  more info

What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Syndrome is an increasingly common chronic illness that affects 2-5% of people worldwide. Characterized by unrelenting muscular and fibrous-tissue pain, Fibromyalgia can also impair a sufferer’s joints or soft tissues and cause other debilitating symptoms such as memory dysfunction, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, balance problems, irregular heartbeat and crushing fatigue. As with ME/CFS, symptoms can vary not just from person to person but from day to day, and some sufferers may even appear healthy to the casual observer. Despite this, fibromyalgic pain is usually pervasive and persistent, and it can be completely incapacitating. |  more info

Want to learn more? Visit the Complex Chronic Diseases Program and the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, and click here to read about the success of Opera Mariposa’s 2013 fundraising show.