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Flying Deer Dance Party
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WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Shakespeare & Company Hosts A Midsummer Night’s Gala For The Bard’s Birthday
Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Though he couldn’t make the show, the Bard was there in spirit on June 28th as Shakespeare & Company celebrated his 450th birthday with a gala and opening night performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Guests mingled inside and under tents outside the Tina Packer Playhouse as they enjoyed cocktails and a buffet dinner catered by Firefly. Before the show, the play’s director, Tony Simotes, and Board Chair Sarah Hancock presented Governor Deval Patrick with a framed photo collage of his past visit to the Company and thanked him for his support. Following the performance – a humorous and high-energy production set in Jazz Age New Orleans – guests enjoyed birthday cake for the Bard and dancing under the tent. The evening’s proceeds help fund the Company’s education and training programs. Shown above: Christopher Sink, Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer and Jon MacClaren.
Gala co-chairs Phoebe Giddon and Deborah Ryan; Lucy Simotes, Artistic Director Tony Simotes and the Company’s new Executive Director, Rick Dildine.
Caroline Calkins and Kaileela Hobby, stars of Romeo & Juliet, playing at the Mount this month; Gordon Hyatt, Sarah Hancock, Rick Dildine, Director of Marketing and Playbill Advertising Elizabeth Aspenlieder and board member Helga S. Orthofer.
Tony Simotes, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Sarah Hancock and Rick Dildine.
Esther and Robert Rosenthal with Shelley and Steve Rubin; Reed Ryan and Mea Lewis of Black Thumb Farms.
Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Molly Clancy, the Company’s playbill and publicity director; Reba Evanchik, trustee Sol Schwartz and Harriet Vine.
Sophie gets a helping hand from Jennie Jadow; Audrey Pugh, a stitcher in the Company’s costume shop, Lori Evans, the Company’s school program manager, and costume designer for Midsummer, Deborah Brothers.