Family event benefits youth theater programs

Time is running out to buy tickets for Columbus Children’s Theatre’s annual fundraiser gala.

This year’s event, dubbed Royal Feast with the Beasts, is 5-8 p.m. April 22 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The family-friendly fundraiser includes food and drinks, dancing, animal appearances, a silent auction and a sneak peek of the upcoming production of “Annie,” which CCT will stage April 26 to May 13.

Tickets are $125 for adults, $50 for children. Registration ends April 10. Honorary committee tickets, $250, include a pre-event reception with appetizers, an open bar, swag bags for children and a tour of the Giraffe Barn.

The annual gala, which usually has a Fairytale Ball moniker, benefits Columbus Children’s Theatre programs. This year’s event will honor Linda Swearingen, president of the CCT board of trustees, for her work with the organization.

For more information, go to columbuschildrenstheatre.org/support-us/fairytale-ball.