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Even if you can't make it to the show be part of the action with our closed bid auction

Three incredible experiences are yours for the taking. Bid in advance or during Gala Night to find yourself the winner of a rare opportunity. Bids will be accepted until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.

For more information or to submit your bid in advance: Email events@chapman.edu, call (714) 997-6589 or text your bid to (714) 824-1994.


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A Vanessa Williams Experience New York or London, it’s your Choice

Vanessa Williams

Minimum Bid: $5,000

See tonight’s honoree in the Big Apple. You will have the opportunity to enjoy cocktails and appetizers with Vanessa at one of her favorite New York restaurants - and then dash off to see one of her favorite shows of the 2020 Broadway season. While in town, you will be treated to lunch on the set of Vanessa’s upcoming show, The Dish, which is slated to debut this fall.

Or if you prefer, you could fly to London and see Vanessa in her West End debut in the City of Angels (April-July 2020). The choice is yours. Whichever option you choose, you will also receive a special Vanessa Williams Memorabilia Basket filled with all sorts of autographed items and some of Vanessa’s favorite things such as candles and home fragrances.

Valid for 2 people. Two night’s accommodations and two dinners included. Airfare is not included. *Management reserves the right to alter the details of this package based on production changes and other contractual obligations.


Be an Extra on Stranger Things – Season 4

Stranger Things logo

Minimum Bid: $5,000

Experience the Upside Down… If you ever wanted to visit the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, here’s your chance. You will have the rare opportunity of visiting the live set of Stranger Things to serve as a walk-on role in an episode of Season 4.

While on set, maybe you’ll see the Mind Flayer! Created by Chapman University alumni, Matt and Ross Duffer, this Netflix original series pays homage to the many great sci-fi and horror classics of the 1980s. Stranger Things has received 31 Emmy nominations – including two for Outstanding Drama, four Golden Globe nominations, and it won the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

During this special behind-the-scenes experience, you will get to witness the creative process involved with producing the show, not to mention meet and talk with the creative geniuses known as the Duffer Brothers. To commemorate your visit, you will receive a photo with Matt and Ross Duffer and a signed script.

Stranger Things is filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. The exact filming date is to be determined based upon filming schedule, but will take place March-April, 2020. This walk-on role is non-speaking. Airfare, transportation and hotel arrangements are not included.


A Day at Television City Studios

CBS Studio square

Minimum Bid: $5,000

This exciting day at historic Television City in Hollywood is one you will not soon forget. Television City has been home to some of entertainment’s biggest productions, such as The Carol Burnett Show, The Sonny and Cher Show, and All in the Family. Now, you and one guest will have an exclusive opportunity to step inside this famous studio to see the working side of show business.

Your day includes behind-the-scenes set tours of both The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless, two of CBS’ long running soap operas. While visiting the set of The Bold and the Beautiful you will be privy to the ceaseless buzz of production and have a chance to hang out with the stars of the show. After, you will have VIP seats for a taping of The Price is Right, television’s longest running game show, hosted by Drew Carey.

In the afternoon, you will be escorted over to Studio 56 for a filming of The Late Late Show with James Corden. Known for throwing the ultimate late night after party, this show features a mix of celebrity guests, edgy musical acts, games and sketches. The Television City Studios are not open for public tours. So this is a very rare opportunity that is only available for Chapman Celebrates.

Valid for 2 people. Transportation to Los Angeles and lunch at the Grove LA are included. Dates to be determined based upon taping schedules. Valid through November 1, 2020.


Tour of the Walt Disney Archives and
Walt’s Private Office

Disney Studios Square

Minimum Bid: $5,000

See for yourself the heart of Disney, the cornerstone of all its magic. This exclusive tour, which is not open to the public, includes a visit to Walt Disney’s office suite and the Walt Disney Archives on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank. First, you will tour the Walt Disney Archives, founded in 1970 by Disney Legend Dave Smith. Here, carefully safeguarded, are the most treasured items from The Walt Disney Company’s history. The archives are a vital resource for every part of Disney, immortalizing its heritage to guide its future, as well as an important research center for Disney scholars, researchers and writers.

After, you will visit Walt Disney’s private office suite, where you will see an incredible array of rare items, including the piano on which the renowned Disney songwriter Richard Sherman frequently played Walt’s favorite song from Mary Poppins (1964), “Feed the Birds.” The office suite was restored to its original layout and design by the Disney Archives and includes scripts, personal items and many of Walt Disney’s awards.

During your visit, you will have lunch with Ken Bunt, President of the Disney Music Group, in the Rotunda, a private dining room overlooking the Disney Legends Plaza, which honors those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy.

Valid for 6 people. Transportation to Burbank is not included. Valid through November 1, 2020.


Bids will be accepted until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.

For more information or to submit your bid in advance: Email events@chapman.edu, call (714) 997-6589 or text your bid to (714) 824-1994.

Every year, Chapman Celebrates transforms our university with the magic of Broadway in a heart-pounding showcase of talent and artistry – brought to the stage in part by your support. For nearly four decades, students in our College of Performing Arts have had the opportunity to delight and amaze our supportive Chapman Family with professional-caliber song and dance performances.

Throughout the history of Chapman Celebrates, philanthropic friends like you have come together and invested more than $39 million in the futures of our talented students – some of whom grace the stage that very night. Without the generosity and vision of donors like you, the life-changing opportunity of a Chapman college education might not be possible for many of our students.

Please join us for Chapman Celebrates, a thrilling night showcasing student talent, alumni achievement and philanthropy. 

Contact Information

For more information on this event, contact (714) 628-2750 or events@chapman.edu

Opening Night
Friday, November 1, 2019

Gala Night
Saturday, November 2, 2019