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Donald Braswell II will perform in “Return to the Cabaret!”

 

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday for the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s sixth annual fundraiser, “Return to the Cabaret!” 

The production will play one night only, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 U.S. 87 South, Fredericksburg.

The show stars guest performer Donald Braswell II with the Three Tenors of San Antonio, also including William Chapman and Timothy Brit.

A top-five finalist in the 2008 Season of “America’s Got Talent,” Braswell’s tenor voice has thrilled audiences across the U.S and the world, according to a press release from FTC. 

The theater’s annual fundraiser will feature a silent auction, raffle, food and drinks. All proceeds will benefit FTC, a nonprofit organization.

ABOUT THE SINGER

Braswell was born and raised in a quiet town in north of San Antonio. The fourth child of performing artist parents, he was already singing at the age of 7 in local theaters with his mother. Throughout his teens, he became heavily involved in local theater productions and sought to further his acting and musical aspirations after high school. 

Upon graduation from high school, Braswell planned to attend the University of Texas in Austin to study petroleum geology. It was at this time that he was urged to audition for, and was awarded, a full scholarship to study at the renowned Juilliard School in New York City. 

Following his college/conservatory years, Braswell was selected as one of the winners of the Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition and also was awarded an artist grant from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition. 

As a result of his involvement with the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Braswell was privileged to study with the Franco Corelli. He also was privileged to be a student of Franco Bertacci. To this day, Braswell attributes his study of voice to Bertacci’s technique. 

Following his studies, Braswell embarked upon the development of a career as a young operatic tenor, singing lead roles in regional theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe. He was making huge strides as a young professional and becoming a well-known veteran and was on the brink of major opportunities when tragedy struck. 

During a series of performances in 1995 in the United Kingdom, Donald was hit by a car while riding a bicycle. 

He suffered severe damage to the soft tissue in his throat and was told by medical professionals that he might not be able to sing — or even speak normally — again. 

Braswell was determined to beat the odds, and he spent the next few years working diligently to regain the normal use of his voice. 

THE DETAILS

Tickets for “Return to the Cabaret!” are $29 for regular seating and $75 for table seating for two. 

Tickets go on sale Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased online at www.fredericksburgtheater.org or by calling the box office at 830-997-3588. 

The theater box office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. An answering machine will answer call after hours. 

For more info or directions, visit at www.fredericksburgtheater.org.

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