Bravo, Next Act 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
On June 1, 2017 over 100 people filled the theatre to toast a successful 27th season. The event raised over $22,000 to support the theatre’s productions and programming – and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our friends and community partners!
Guests walked the cobblestones of historic Dublin streets upon their arrival, sporting boater hats and Bloomsday finery. Greeted by a champagne welcome, guests were transported into a fantastic world of James Joyce’s Dublin, surrounded by the familiar sight of pieces from the set of our very own BLOOMSDAY production, festooned with greenery and blooms in every direction. Fabulous auction items awaited bids while the toe-tapping Celtic sounds of Frogwater filtered through the crowd. Everyone delighted in hors d’oeuvres crafted by Ernie Wunsch’s Skyline Catering, to elicit the aromas and flavors of Leopold Bloom’s adventures in Ulysses.
A towering spectacle of glittering gold drew people in to try their luck at the wine pull – somebody went home with a lovely bottle of Veuve Clicquot! An Irish variety show kept the theatre audience rapt with live traditional Irish music, Irish step dancers jumping “the broom,” a bit of comedy and even some good ol’ Irish storytelling. We heard from a group of Next Actors about how the teen program has impacted their lives while auctioneer Dylan Bolin rallied everyone to raise their bidding paddles. It was a wonderfully enjoyable and successful evening, thanks to our fantastic and generous supporters!
Thank you also to our incredible team of dedicated volunteers, Board of Directors, performers, patrons and sponsors for making Bravo, Next Act! 2017 a smash hit!