Nichole Hannahs

Benefit for Local Director

by Nichole Hannahs on February 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

Local theater goers know the work of Rich Tolliver at the Renner in downtown Zanesville through his directing and performing.

The man who’s used to being on the go suffered a setback recently when a piece of construction equipment failed and Tolliver struck his head, lacerating his scalp.

The ensuing hospital stay and physical therapy has caused a hardship financially. That’s when his friends decided to give back to Tolliver who’s helped to raise more than $100,000 over the year’s for the Salvation Army through the Angel Tree Benefit.

"Since he’s given so much to the community we thought it would be only appropriate to create a benefit situation for him," said Organizer Bruce Revennaugh.

The benefit includes dinner, a silent auction and a whole lot of signing from musicals like South Pacific, My Fair Lady and many others. More than 30 performers will take part. A couple performer’s will also share their favorite Tolliver stories.

"You really can’t talk about somebody in theater without there being a point where it’s a little strange and wonderful," added Revennaugh. "We’re looking for a kind of low heat level roast, I guess."

The benefit takes place Saturday February 22 at Prophet’s Park. Food will be served at 7p.m. with the program at 8p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at People’s Bank, The Genesis Foundation and Williamson Insurance. You can also call (740) 452-7383.