Vanguard Theater Company Honors TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Montclair Film in a Star-Studded Evening, Saturday, November 3

Vanguard Theater Company brings honorees TeeRico by Lin Manuel Miranda, Montclair Film, GrassROOTS Community Foundation, the First Congregational Church and Nassan’s Place together at its Third Annual Gala at The Loft in Montclair on Saturday, November 3, at 7 p.m.

There will be dining, dancing, surprise guests(!), performances, silent and live auction and much more at the gala, celebrating Vanguard’s mission of D.R.E.A.M. – Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness and Mentorship.

Gala attendees will be invited to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items, including house seats for Hamilton, Frozen and The Lion King on Broadway followed by backstage tours by cast members; a variety of items autographed by Lin-Manuel Miranda; plus an exclusive in home dining and wine tasting experience for 8 catered by Mish Mish and Amanti Vino of Montclair, with Vanguard performers as sous-chefs and staff! Frank Kitchen of Star Benefit Auctions will lead the festivities, which will also include performers from Vanguard shows and from the Broadway community. The evening will culminate with “Vanguard After Dark,” a celebratory dance party.

Lin-Manuel Miranda wearing the Love is Love shirt designed for TeeRico by Jessica Sporn, Managing Director of Vanguard Theater Company

“There has never been a more important time to emphasize diversity. Even though we know that diversity and inclusion inject a wider range of thoughts, skill sets, experience, cultures, and communication abilities into our lives, it doesn’t come easy. At Vanguard, we do the work required when you bring people together from all walks of life. Diversity involves more than just race – it includes culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and so much more. By truly practicing the art of inclusion – we are changing lives, person by person. On stage and off, our participants feel free to be themselves, unapologetically, and they truly appreciate and celebrate each other’s gifts and differences,” says Janeece Freeman Clark, artistic director and co-Founder of Vanguard Theater Company.

“First and foremost, we know how to put on a good show,” adds Jessica Sporn, managing director. “For this special event- we’re pulling out all the stops. It will be a night to remember.”

Single ticket price is $175.00. Sponsorship opportunities include a $1500 Actor, $5,000 Director or $10,000 Producer levels with 10 tickets each plus added incentives. Purchase tickets here or or email

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