Imagine Studios Proudly Presents a Performing Arts Celebrity Benefit for Nepal:

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Your donation in support of this series of Nepal Fundraisers is greatly appreciated!

Details on the three events below; Feb 18, 19 & 21.

Jim Carter, Star of Downton Abbey Hosts Nepal Fundraisers | Event Website

Portsmouth, NH – January 27, 2016:  We are thrilled to announce that Jim Carter, who plays Carson, the Butler on Downton Abbey, will be in the Boston and Portsmouth areas February 17 – 21, hosting entertaining fundraising events for victims of the devastating earthquakes of 2015. There is still much work to be done to help the Nepalese people rebuild their lives, and very little media coverage, causing the world to forget the tragedy.

These evenings will feature live music, magic, and stories from Downton Abbey by Jim Carter, and the opportunity for audience members to ask questions. Inspirational humanitarian aid worker Linda Cruse will give an update on her foundation’s work in Nepal. Lesley Smith, renowned ventriloquist, entertainer and singer/songwriter will perform and MC the evening.

Carter is passionate about making a difference and has collaborated with Linda Cruse to start WandAid, whose proceeds go to The Linda Cruse Foundation. WandAid uses magic, music and entrepreneurs to bring joy and recovery to the ‘forgotten people’ at home and abroad. It aims to empower challenged communities impacted by natural disaster, political crisis and disadvantage so that children and families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

The New England tour will start at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30 PM. Subsequent events will take place at The Somerville Theater in Somerville, MA on February 19th, and at The Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on February 21st.

Where: The Music Hall Historic Theater 28 Chestnut St. Portsmouth, NH 03801
When: Thursday, February 18th 2016, 7:30 PM. VIP Meet and Greet 6-7pm
Tickets: $45 or $75 VIP (includes meet and greet reception with Jim Carter and Linda Cruse)
Tickets/Info: call 603-436-2400, visit: 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801; or go online: Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall | Instagram: /musichallnh
Where: The Somerville Theater 55 Davis Square, Somerville MA
When: Friday, February 19th 2016, 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35 ; $25 for children and college students with ID
Tickets/Info: call: 617-625-5700,
Where: The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street Arlington, MA
When: Sunday, February 21th 2016, 7:00PM. VIP Meet & Greet 5:30-6:30PM.
Tickets: $45;  $75 (80 VIP seats) $85 (10 VIP seats) (VIP includes meet and greet reception with food and drinks with Jim Carter and Linda Cruse, 5:30-6:30PM)
Tickets/Info: call 781-646-4849. Online: Twitter: @RegentArlington; Instagram: @RegentTheatreArlington; Facebook:

High Tea with Jim Carter and Linda Cruse at the home of local artist in Rye, NH

Thursday, February 18
2:30PM – 4:30PM
Cost:  $175 per person
RSVP to:

Tickets are first come, first serve by mailing your tax deductible donation to:
Imagine Studios, 47 Main St. Amesbury, MA 01913.

Step back into time and have a 1920’s experience complete with butlers and maids in an exclusive High Tea with Jim Carter and Linda Cruse limited to 40 lucky guests.

In your reservation please include: Name(s) for each person in the party, Contact information (email and phone number) and your check in the amount of $175 per person.

All fundraising events are presented by Imagine Studios, a nonprofit performing arts organization,, in association with Lesley Smith Productions, entertainment for a compassionate world and Beth Shafer of Current Events Co.,

About Jim Carter
Jim Carter is best known for playing the role of Carson the butler, in all 6 series of Downton Abbey. He has been nominated for 4 Emmy awards and has received 2 SAG awards for this role. Jim has appeared in over 40 films, including A Private Function, Brassed Off, Shakespeare in Love and A Golden Compass. He has had more than 100 TV appearances, including The Singing Detective, Red Riding, The Cranford Chronicles and of course, Downton Abbey.

About Linda Cruse and WandAid
Through WandAid, the Linda Cruse Foundation empowers challenged communities impacted by natural disaster, political crisis and disadvantage by providing immediate humanitarian aid.  Working together with entrepreneurs to find long-term solutions, she uses magic and music to promote psychological recovery so that children and families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods. More at:

It’s founder, Linda Cruse, is a hands-on humanitarian aid worker whose ethos of acting swiftly to respond to need, often using unconventional, creative means, is embodied by the Foundation. Linda’s inspirational idea of using performers to bring joy and psychological recovery to families on the front line, led to the birth of WandAid, a series of fundraising and awareness-raising events to aid  The Linda Cruse Foundation.

Linda has worked side by side with some of the world’s most influential figures including HH The Dalai Lama, HRH Prince Charles, and Sir Richard Branson. Branson once said “She makes the impossible, possible.”

Her 15 years of frontline humanitarian aid work have taken her to every continent in the world, where she has assisted in the aftermath of some of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters, including as the Asian tsunami, the Pakistani earthquake, two Philippine super-typhoons, and currently the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes, conflict zones, high mountain nomadic areas and refugee camps, as well as aiding challenged communities worldwide. See

WandAid will debut a televised show under the executive lead of Liz Trubridge (Downton Abbey). During a live event, a never-seen-before grand scale illusion will be performed. The event will showcase footage of the performers on their programs of engagement, with the forgotten families at home and abroad in remote areas of post earthquake Nepal.

About Lesley Smith
Lesley Smith is a New England Foundation for the Arts touring artist, world class ventriloquist, vocalist and entertainer. She has been informing and entertaining over a million children and adult audiences in live events and television commercials throughout the U.S. starring Sammy Snail and her cast of characters.  “Her smile and presence is as warm and welcoming as her voice.” (Boston Globe).


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