Soiree (Part 3)

August 22

This wraps up the soiree for this year. We’re looking forward to what next year may bring . . .

August 19

Lynn leads us off again . . .

[At Table #1 (in your program and your hearts): Paul, Deb, Kathy, and Rich . . . ]

Ain’t we cute?

[Paige, having a hoopful of fun . . . ]

[Drew and Anna are tapping up a good time . . . ]

I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls. ~ Gene Kelly

[Then President Jim gave his “state of the theatre” presentation . . . ]

[Something he does very well, with a combination of gravitas and wit . . . ]

The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life. ~ Oscar Wilde

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. ~ Oscar Wilde

I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theatre is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture. ~ Laurence Olivier

[And then Glen came back – it was time to raise our pledge cards . . . ]

All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That’s what makes theatre live. That’s why it persists. ~ Stephen Sondheim

The theater is a great equalizer: it is the only place where the poor can look down on the rich. ~ Will Rogers

The play was a great success, but the audience was a failure. ~ Oscar Wilde

[OK, this audience wasn’t a failure. We raised $175 thousand plus for the theatre on the night!]

[Congratulations to us!!]

Renee and Rush dance in celebration . . .

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. ~ Vicki Baum

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams. ~ Albert Einstein

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. ~ Dave Barry [Editor’s note: Au contraire . . . ]

Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order. ~ Samuel Beckett

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. ~ Martha Graham

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov

Do a loony-goony dance ‘cross the kitchen floor, put something silly in the world that ain’t been there before. ~ Shel Silverstein

Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance. ~ Confucius

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. ~ Satchel Paige

If you want to help the American theater, don’t be an actress, be an audience. ~ Tallulah Bankhead

The difference between a theatre with and without an audience is enormous. There is a palpable, critical energy created by the presence of the audience. ~ Andy Goldsworthy

Ambushing the audience is what theatre is all about. ~ SirTom

The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it’s so accidental. It’s so much like life. ~ Arthur Miller

My only regret in the theater is that I could never sit out front and watch me. ~ John Barrymore

[Tablemates Kathy and Rich enjoy a twirl around the floor . . . ]

[Paul and friends wrap up the evening . . . ]

[Nicole and John . . . ]

[Turns out they’re related to each other . . . ]

[Board member Terri; board member Dave; and Karin, super patron who’s a friend of one and related to the other . . . ]

[Tim and Ken and Jeanne and Deb and Ruthie and Marianne . . . ]

[I think they’re ready to call it a night . . . ]

[And I think they’re ready to call it a night . . . ]

Say good night, everybody. And many thanks again for a fun and productive evening . . .

Good night!!

But theatre is also a public event, a spectacle or a show, attempting to please or amaze the audience by a display of exceptional stage achievements, that is, special performances. In that sense, like sporting events or the circus, theatre serves what I shall call the performance function: it satisfies our natural desire to achieve or witness something extraordinary. ~ Jean Alter

I think the theatre is as essential to civilization as safe, pure water. ~ Vanessa Redgrave

It is a hopeless endeavor to attract people to a theatre unless they can be first brought to believe that they will never get in. ~ Charles Dickens

Up Next: Time to finish the Resorters . . .

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