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CATAtude Brings Attitude To Gratitude

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. CATAtude – this year’s Community Access To The Arts’ performance and gala – took over Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse on Saturday evening, May 17. The organization’s supporters enjoyed cocktail hour in the lobby, but as soon as the lights flickered, they eagerly found their seats inside the crowded theater. Many of these guests had been to CATA performances before and knew what they were in for – a creative, heartfelt and humorous show from the organization’s students and faculty. This year’s performance included a peek into some of what CATA does best: Singing, juggling, tap dancing, an inventive play set in a newsroom, the consistently beautiful and emotionally charged work of Dawn Lane and her modern dance troupe, and a set from comedian Scott Thomas that left the audience in stitches. A standing ovation brought the crowd to its feet, then out the door in time to see that a rainbow had painted itself across the gray clouds as if in support. In the tent below the theater, a buffet-style meal catered by Firefly gave attendees a chance to munch and relax, as vibrant paintings from CATA artists and scenes from the night’s festivities were projected onto the ceiling of the tent. Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing presented CATA founder Sandy Newman with a proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick, citing her for the amazing work she’s done with the organization, and the Senator backed it up with a resolution from the statehouse he signed along with State Representative Smitty Pignatelli. After much cheering, folks young and old made their way to the dance floor, possibly inspired by the night’s performances, to move to the tunes of DJ BFG. Shown above: Barry Karson, CATA founder Sandy Newman, and her childhood friend Kathy Karson.

Gala committee member Vicki Bonnington and David Schecker; Board members Maria Cleary and Elaine Radiss flank Trisha Killeen.

MA Senator Ben Downing, gala committee co-chair Reggie Cooper, Madeline Phelps, David Phelps, CATA’s Executive Director Margaret Keller, and VIM Berkshires founder Matt Mandel.

CATA’s board president John Whalan with Kate Whalan, board vice president Emily Rechnitz and her daughter Flora Paladino; CATA faculty artist Pat Hogan with Dennis Hogan and Clara Londoner.

Betsy Andrus, SBCC executive director, with Ed Arnold, Bob Seward and Pat Seward, SBCC board vice president; CATA yoga instructor Paula Boyajian and Bobbie Fachini, CATA’s program coordinator.

Ken Gogel, CATA actor and dancer Sam Gogel, and Travis Daly pose in front of a rainbow outside of the Tina Packer Playhouse.

Jonathan Swartz and Megan Whilden; Matt Mandel, Nancy Kalodner and Paul Lindenmaier.

Stephen Buck, Deborah Bush, Christopher Lane, who supplied some of the costumes for the show, and Dawn Kramer; Neel Webber, Mira Webber, Judith Pomerantz and Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant.

Hillery Maxymillian, Neal Maxymillian, gala committee co-chair Linda Cooper, Tony and Carolann Patterson and gala committee member and Country Curtains CFO Matt Heim.

CATA actor Jessica Hampton, Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, Kristen van Ginhoven, Dave Barrett and Joan Hunter; An artsy CATA welcome.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/18/14 at 11:34 AM • Permalink