Thank you for joining us on our mission to continue to provide the arts to all!
The mission of McCoy Rigby Arts, is to make a positive difference in the lives and dreams of the youth in and around Orange County. It is our vision that EVERY child, no matter their circumstances, should be afforded the opportunity to participate in the art expression of their choice. By providing top education and professional arts training, as well as creating necessary and successful outreach programs for the underserved Orange County youth, we have been able to see this incredible vision come to life, and have seen the extraordinary life changes that the arts provide.
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The McCoy Rigby Arts Annual Fundraising Gala is a special evening full of entertainment, with outstanding performances from MRA students and industry professionals, and each year we honor individuals who are making an impact in the performing arts.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit student scholarships, No Limits - our curriculum for students with special needs - and our ever growing community outreach programs.
February 29th, 2020
6:30pm Cocktail hour begins
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
307 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
(Please No Jeans or Tennis Shoes)
Our Incredible 2020 Sponsors
Introducing our 2020 Honorees
The McCoy Rigby Excellence in Arts Awareness Honoree
George Pennacchio is the longtime entertainment reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News. He also hosts the station’s yearly Oscar pre and post-shows, which are syndicated LIVE all around the world.
During his broadcasting career, George has won three Emmy Awards. He has been been honored with the Press Award by The Publicists Guild of America for his coverage of the entertainment industry, won several National Entertainment Journalism Awards, and he's only one of six journalists who have received the Critics' Critic Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, North America's largest critics group.
George serves on the board of the charity group, The Thalians, which raises money for mental health awareness, currently supporting our Wounded Warriors. In their spare time, George and his wife, Erin, love to travel, and have spent the last two decades sharing their home with rescued greyhounds, and they currently live with their “girls,” Emmy and Audrey.
Our Faith, Trust and Fairy Dust Honorees
Meet Our Founders
A two-time Olympian, Tony nominee, sports commentator, wife, mother, and grandmother, Cathy Rigby has been a household name for well over a two decades. Twelve years ago Cathy decided she wanted to make difference in the lives of young artists in the same way someone did for her. She and Emmy awarding winning producer/husband Tom McCoy decided to begin the journey to what is now McCoy Rigby Arts. Now Cathy spends her free time teaching tumbling and acrobatic arts and developing outreach programs for MRA.
Cathy and Tom also serve as executive producers of McCoy Rigby Entertainment, a Broadway, touring and regional entertainment production company that has produced over one hundred musicals, plays, and concerts featuring some of the biggest stars in the industry today. As a partner of the City of La Mirada, they have successfully produced over 20 years of programming at La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts and launched several national and international touring productions.
Introducing our Special Guest Performers
Chelsea Emma Franko is an award winning actress and singer from Southern California.
When she was 22 years old, Chelsea won the prestigious competition, LA’s Next Great Stage Star which opened doors for her to perform around the country. Some of her favorite regional credits include Marta in Company; Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees; Ado Annie in Oklahoma!; Lady of the Lake in Spamalot; Roxie Hart in Chicago and Wednesday in The Addams Family.
Her solo debut cabaret “Chelsea Emma Franko: The Girl From Apple Valley” won her the broadwayworld.com Critics Choice Award for Best Female Cabaret Artist in 2012.
Chelsea is very thankful to be one of the first women to portray Elsa in the World Premier cast of Frozen: Live at the Hyperion in Disney’s California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort. She was also chosen by Disney to appear as Elsa in a series of national commercials for the Disneyland Resort.
In 2017 and 2018, Chelsea traveled across the US and Canada on the Second National Tour of Wicked as the Standby for Elphaba. After 15 months of “defying gravity,” Chelsea came home to work for the Mouse, where she can still be seen every week climbing ice stairs and “letting it go.”
Brent Barrett, is no stranger to the stages of Broadway, the West End, concert halls, recording studios and television. On Broadway, Brent has played “Billy Flynn” in CHICAGO-the Musical, has toured numerous times with the production, and received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award. He played “Captain Hook”, opposite Cathy Rigby’s, Peter Pan. He spent two years in Las Vegas as the “Phantom” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, and played the role in Germany for six months, in German. He received an Olivier Award nomination for his starring role in the London premiere of Kiss Me, Kate, which was recorded for PBS. Other Broadway roles include "Tony" in the 1980 revival of West Side Story, “Frank Butler" in the revival of Annie Get Your Gun opposite Reba McEntire, "Charles Castleton" in the Alan Jay Lerner-Charles Strouse musical Dance a Little Closer, "Baron Felix Von Gaigern" in Grand Hotel, (also in the West End) "Maximillon" in Candide, and "Tommy Albright" in New York City Opera's Brigadoon. Brent originated the role of “Hannibal, the cannibal, Lecter”, in Silence! The Musical. He also starred in the City Center Encores! production of The Pajama Game and as King Arthur in the Paper Mill Playhouse’s Camelot. Off-Broadway credits include Closer Than Ever and March of the Falsettos. Numerous regional theater credits include: “Ben” in Follies, “Lawrence” in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, “Georges” in La Cage.
Brent has received critical acclaim performing as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert and Royal Festival Hall in London, with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, Minnesota Opera, Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera, the Birmingham Symphony and the Liceu Opera House in Barcelona. Brent is the founding member and producer of The Broadway Tenors, and is also part of The Four Phantoms in Concert. Solo albums include Christmas Mornings, The Alan Jay Lerner Album and The Kander and Ebb Album. Other recordings include Brigadoon, Grand Hotel, Dance a Little Closer, Closer Than Ever, One Touch of Venus, and The Maury Yeston Songbook.
On television and in film Brent was featured in The Producers, Stealing Chaplin, Hercules, Longtime Companion and All My Children. Visit BrentBarrett.com.