PITTSBURG — Friends of Pittsburg High School Performing Arts is primed to support PHS Music Rep Theatre this week with a cabaret-style fundraiser.

Dubbed “Evening with the Stars,” this fundraising effort will help the theatre group attend the International Thespian Festival in June.

The 50-member cast, crew, and band of the PHS production of “Urinetown” were invited to perform at the festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, along with only 10 other schools in the nation.

“There is a core group of parents that have been very involved in all of these fundraisers, and we have had to raise $45,000 to get them there — this covers lodging and travel,” coordinator Andra Stefanoni said. “It is a first for Pittsburg, a huge honor, and the equivalent of one of our sports teams qualifying for a national championship to be aired on ESPN.”

The fundraiser cabaret will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Circle B Ranch Event Center at 635 South 170th St. Seating is limited to 150, and tickets may be purchased for $25 at http://bit.ly/2vk6z9A.

“This is also meant to kind of showcase the kids who are going to internationals and allow them to perform and be seen in some different lights,” event organizer Angela Shaw said. “Some of the kids who are normally dancers are singing Friday and some who are singers are showing us their instrumental skills, so it gives us a different showcase than what we normally see from these kids.”

The event will feature an appetizer bar and dessert bar, as well as silent auction items and donated raffle items. Several alumni, including state-wide award winners Will Jewett and Jack Warring, will return to perform alongside the students.

Additionally, a free public performance of “Urinetown” will be conducted as a send-off June 3 at Memorial Auditorium. Donations will be accepted at the door to support the trip.

“I’m excited and optimistic about us reaching the finish line,” Shaw said. “We are hoping this fundraiser and that final performance will close the gap and get them to their goal.”

 — Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.