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Friends of the late Molly Ramsay to hold fundraising concert for her family

LYNN — Molly (Bishop) Ramsay loved to sing and she loved theater. As a teenager growing up in Lynn, Molly relished her time with the Drama Club at English High and the fledgling That's Entertainment Youth Players of Greater Lynn.

Carolyn Cole and Scott Marshall were among the performers who took part in That's Entertainment back then, in the late '90s. Molly, they agree, was "the heart" of the company and participated in nearly every show during the troupe's existence.

The company disbanded in 2006, but the group of kids who grew up locally and went off to make their marks in the real world stayed close.

Many of those "kids" are coming home July 19 to participate in a one-night-only fundraising concert in Molly's memory. Many are flying in from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City and other entertainment meccas just for this show.

Molly Ramsay, a 2003 English High grad, died at the age of 33 while giving birth to her twins Logan and Theresa in April. She was the wife of Brian A. Ramsay and the mother of 2-year-old Olivia.

Every penny from the show will benefit Molly's husband and their three children.

Marshall said, "Our mission when we started That's Entertainment was to provide local youth with a positive theatrical experience, to help them learn from the experience and go on to further endeavors in the performing arts or whatever field they chose. We also vowed to make long-lasting friendships and to experience the love of music and live theater.

"I'd say we certainly fulfilled that mission."

The lineup for the July 19 show at LynnArts Black Box Theatre, the same building that housed That's Entertainment's initial production, is mighty impressive. It includes Lynn-grown co-producers/co-directors Cole (Helen Hayes Award winner for both "Hairspray" and "Hello, Dolly!") and Marshall ("The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live"), plus Lynn native Michael Gonzalez (music director for national tours of "Jersey Boys," "The Lion King," "Cinderella," and "Rock of Ages").

Other participating alumni are sisters Lesley Brewer and Bridget Patterson (Disney performers), Kristin Sears (Boston Conservatory grad, now in NYC), Jennifer Marshall (Stoneham Theater, a radiation technician at North Shore Medical Center),

James Callahan ("He was the first from our group to enjoy success, he joined Up With People," said Marshall), Eric Gordinas (a Salem State grad who performed in Medieval Times company), and Nina Scalise (singer from Lynn).

Also, Craig Dancewicz (successful realtor in Manhattan and an actor; "He could have been very successful in theater," said Cole), Bryan Collins (Salem State theater grad), Megan Green, Gret Gonzales (Vegas performer, in "50 Shades of Grey," "Tony and Tina's Wedding") and Michelle Gonzales. Sarah Geary (choreographer) and Jonathan Morse (technical director) are also onboard.

"In shows, the people in the cast are your family. I hated to see a show end because I'd be leaving my family," said Cole; she not only shared a stage with Molly, but they became good friends and got to know each other's family.

"Molly was like the heart of the group," said Marshall. "She was at every rehearsal. Positive energy just flowed from her."

"Even in a tree costume (as Cinderella's mom in "Into the Woods") she was totally positive," added Cole.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Christopher's Cafe (2 Lewis St.) and there will be raffles and donation stations. Lynn Museum/LynnArts has also been extremely supportive, said Cole.

Tickets to the reunion show to benefit the Ramsay family, July 19 in the Black Box Theatre at LynnArts in Central Square, can be purchased through Eventbrite.com. General admission is $50.

There are also four VIP Tables for two available ($150 for the table, with a bottle of wine included).

A crowdfunding site, unrelated to this reunion show, has also been set up to raise funds for the Ramsay family.

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