Since the theatre is still in the growing stages, Kelly said it's just getting into the grant cycle. For now, it's mostly buoyed by community donations and fundraisers, like a very successful Barnes and Noble fundraiser where kids do a preview of the most current show and golf outings that draw large crowds.
The Jan. 8 cabaret fundraiser will cap off a busy performance year for Zahn. Aside from her various singing and theatre events throughout the year, she recently decided to try her hand at a different type of entertainment"standup comedy.
"I'm loving it; it really is like being on tightrope over Niagara Falls," said Zahn, who took a class through the Knowledge Network that led to professional gigs. "I've always wanted to try this. I performed at Tess' Lark Tavern, which was exciting but the audience was tough. I learned to deal with a tough audience which is something that you can encounter with this type of performing."
Whether or not Zahn could spin her latest talent into a potential future fundraiser for the Saratoga Children's Theatre is yet unknown, but she said she will continue to support a cause and organization that is important to her and the community.
"If it's important to you, you make time for it," she said.
Doors open at 7: 30 p.m. and the show kicks off at 8 p.m. All seats are $25 and tickets are still available by calling 580-1782.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Jan. 7 print issue of Saratoga Spotlight.