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Britain-bound, with help from her friends

Ceci Fernandez is one of Miami's most talented young actors -- and the folks who run the Old Vic Theater School in Bristol, England, agree.  Fernandez, a 2005 New World School of the Arts college grad, is one of a dozen talented performers accepted to the prestigious school's fall session.  But the 23-year-old doesn't have the dough to go.

Cecfern_headshot Fortunately, Fernandez does have theater pals whose belief in her is matched by their creativity.  Playwrights Marco Ramirez and Alex Fumero , working with the not-for-profit Hispanic Events, are spearheading a Tuesday night event at Flavour, 2895 McFarlane Rd. in Coconut Grove.  The fundraising fun begins at 8 p.m., and it features performances by dance music sensation Jose el Rey, the mock-Reggaeton group The Toners, and visual artists doing their thing live.  Deuce Crew mans the turntables, and anyone 21 and older gets free Caldas Mojitos until 10 p.m.

Admission is $10 ($7 for students); you have to be 18 to get in.  Busy Tuesday? You can still help Fernandez by sending a contribution to her at 11401 SW 40th St., Miami, FL 33165.

You may have seen Fernandez onstage at Miami's Mad Cat or in City Theatre's popular Summer Shorts shows.  If you don't know her work, check out the current production of Betrayed at GableStage.  You'll see why so many people want to help Fernandez live her dream.

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