Monday, June 8, 2009

At Home with Light Opera Works

Last month we had our annual Season Opening Party for donors, generously hosted by board member Cathy Westphal and her husband Gary Raphael at their beautiful North Shore home.

Forty Light Opera Works supporters (including our Gala committee and Events staff, picture right) enjoyed wine, Sangria and a light buffet, and enjoyed meeting each other and several cast members from A Little Night Music.

I always enjoy speaking directly with our patrons, and it was great to introduce the season to such an intimate and enthusiastic crowd . The event is part of our At Home series, where patrons who make direct donations of at least $100 are invited to meet our actors and designers in homes and boutiques around Chicago and the North Shore.

Artistic Director Rudy Hogenmiller also spoke, telling us about Sondheim’s wonderful dancing script, and showing guests the designer’s model of the set. Said Rudy, “the show never stops moving, with scenes dancing in and out, so we’ve tried to make the set dance as well.” It was delightful watching Rudy, with his dancer’s background, practically start to dance himself as he enthusiastically described the show. You’ll get to see it all for yourself June 5 through 14 at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston.

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