• ‘Murder’ at the MMQ

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    Members of Orchestra of Filipino Youth

    Members of Orchestra of Filipino Youth

    Staying true to their name, the Makes Miracles Quickly (MMQ) Foundation is set to hold its much-awaited annual dinner theater, which is especially produced this time for fun and thrill-seeking audiences, who besides enjoying the arts, also love to wine and dine for a good cause.

    Aimed at raising funds to support the Ang Misyon and Orchestra of the Youth, MMQ will allocate ticket revenues for the purchase of musical instruments and commission of music lessons for the disadvantaged children of the said arts group.

    On the first two Saturdays of September, September 6 and 13, MMQ’s “Mystery Murder Dinner Theater” will unfold at Dusit Thani’s grand ballroom and RJ’s Bistro, respectively. In addition to dinner and entertainment, a lucky audience who readily participates in the old-fashioned “Whodunit” murder mystery game, and guesses right, will a special grand prize.

    “Since our inception in 2007, MMQ has produced theatrical performances and events for charity’s sake. Our specific affinity with this year’s special event beneficiary, Ang Misyon and the Orchestra of Filipino Youth, is in keeping with our mission to encourage a more positive future for the women and children of the Philippines,” related American expatriate Michelle Washington, president and founder of MMQ and a Theater Arts professor at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. “With Ang Misyon, MMQ hopes to raise funds to pay not only for music lessons, but also musical instruments for disadvantaged, as well as indigenous children.”

    Michelle Washington (seated, second from left) with Orchestra of Filipino Youth members and MMQ volunteers

    Michelle Washington (seated, second from left) with Orchestra of Filipino Youth members and MMQ volunteers

    Recognizing the importance of arts and culture in a community, Washington said in an email interview with The Manila Times she hopes their efforts will help children “to acquire the discipline, the fortitude, the skills and creativity needed to face whatever field they choose—whether to be a nuclear scientist or a musician.” She added, “Learning the art of music prepares them for a more positive and productive future.”

    Washington is among the volunteer group of women and lone male member from around the world who come together to produce performances and theater events for different charities in the Philippines.

    Comprised of artists, entertainers, teachers and entrepreneurs, MMQ strongly believes that arts and culture should be part of a child’s growth and development.

    Past beneficiaries of MMQ events include Operation Smile Philippines, Bosom Buddies, Sagip, The Springboard Foundation, Kaibigan Ermita, Chosen Children’s Charity, and Shiphrah Birthing Home, to name a few.

    Since its establishment, MMQ has successfully staged eight “Le Cabaret” through the years, which makes the Mystery Murder Dinner Theater a fresh and exciting outing, featuring Fanfare to Murder, a play by David Moberg.

    During the show on both nights, free-flowing French champagne and a three-course French dinner will be served. There will also be silent auctions and prizes to be raffled off, all for a good cause.

    The Ang Misyon and the Orchestra of Filipino Youth, led by artistic director Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, will also have their moment on stage in the upcoming productions.

    Limited seating is available for MMQ’s Mystery Murder Dinner Theater, as well as partnership opportunities. For details, call 0927-3839517, log on to www.mmqtheatre.com, or e-mail mmqtheatre@gmail.com.

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