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Source: Marci Maullar, 785-532-6878, marcima@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Megan Wilson, 785-532-6415, media@k-state.edu

Friday, April 10, 2009

NEW YORK CABARET STAR AND K-STATE ALUM MILES PHILLIPS TO GIVE CONCERT IN HONOR OF JON AND RUTH ANN WEFALD

MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University Theater Guild will be host to an evening of cabaret to honor the dedication of K-State's first couple, President Jon Wefald and Ruth Ann Wefald, to the theater arts at the university.

Miles Phillips, New York cabaret star and a K-State alum, will present his latest nightclub act, "Reappearing In My Mind," which recently premiered during his engagement at New York City's noted Feinstein's. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Manhattan Country Club. It is open to the public. Reservations are due by Tuesday, April 14, to Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878 or marcima@k-state.edu.

The evening will feature favorites from Phillips' theater and nightclub appearances, his recordings, and a special presentation of unpublished material by some of his favorite Broadway composers.

Phillips is an award-winning actor, director, nightclub vocalist and recording artist, who has performed in theaters, concert halls and nightclubs from Honolulu to London. He won New York City's 2008 MAC Award for outstanding male vocalist for his show, "Quiet Starts." An accomplished recording artist, he has a popular solo album, "Might As Well Be," and a score of original and studio cast recordings to his credit, including his critically acclaimed turn as Robert in a new cast recording of "Company."

The evening will begin with cocktails and appetizers at 7:30 p.m., followed by a tribute to the Wefalds at 8 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8:15 p.m. The cost of the show and appetizers is $65 per person, which includes a $45 tax-deductible contribution. All proceeds will go to K-State theater student scholarships for the 2009-2010 school year and will be presented to students in the name of the Wefalds at a banquet in May.

For more information, contact Maullar at 785-532-6878 or marcima@k-state.edu.

Dress for the event is casual evening attire and it will include a cash bar. Business sponsors include Holiday Inn at the Campus and Mid-America Piano. Cabaret sponsors include Kenneth and Kathleen Buyle, Richard Coleman, Lincoln and Dorothy Deihl, Lelah Dushkin, Joann Goldstein, Charles and Dorothy Griffin, Karen Hawes, Cleve Humbert, Dorothy Hyle, Pat and Craig Kershner, Jon and Lila Levin, Deborah Murray, Clay Myers-Bowman, Kathleen Newell, Carol Oukrop, Leland and Janice Reitz, Faith Roach, Joan Shull, Bill and Sharon Snyder, Bill and Rae Stamey, Barbara Stultz, Jack and Donna Vanier and Karin Westman.