​It’s a party and you’re invited!

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Lyric Birthday Bash Benefit Gala kicks off with the smooth styling of the legendary Cab Calloway Orchestra at The Lyric Theatre at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16,

Immediately following the concert, the good times continue as the entire party moves to “The Cotton Club Speakeasy” in the Elliott Museum.

This roarin’ 20s-style gala begins with the energetic and highly talented Cab Calloway Orchestra. Zoot-suit clad, Chris Calloway, grandson of Cab Calloway promises a powerful interactive show and a swingin’ good time, complete with his gorgeous Fan Dancers.

Following the concert, party goers wearing their best “glad rags” will make their way to the Speakeasy at The Elliott Museum.

Here they can “shake a leg” to popular ‘20s dances, enjoy delicious food, “bootleg” beverages, fun and many surprises.

One of the biggest surprises the “Flappers and Fellas” will see is how the Elliott Museum has been transformed into The Cotton Club Speakeasy.

Planning this inaugural annual gala is The Lyric’s League of Extraordinary Women, plus a few guys. This newly formed group of outstanding volunteers is dedicated to the success of The Lyric and the gala.

League members include Bridget Baratta, Frank Byers, Jr, Ethel Christin, Patty Downing, Betsy Harold, Hope Jochem, Kathy Kramer, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Joan McGowan, Eileen Morris, Mike Mortell, Niki Norton, Elizabeth Price, Karen Rodgers, Rachel Scott, Paul Shirley, Kenan Siegel, May Smyth, Daryl Swann, Kathy Sue Tranter, Linda Weiksnar and Nancy Wong. Gala chairs are Eileen Morris, Ethel Christin and Daryl Swann.

Tickets are $250 each and are your admission to both the Cab Calloway Concert and the after-concert Speakeasy at the Elliott.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. It’ll be a “nifty” night “The real Cat’s Meow.” You won’t want to miss the fun.

For more information about the Gala, contact Linda Prange, Lyric development director at (772)220-1942, ext. 209 or email development@lyrictheatre.com.

The Lyric Theatre was built in 1926 as a silent movie house and was operated until the depression, when it was closed and eventually sold. Over the next 50-years, it was used in a variety of manners.

In 1987, in the midst of a downtown redevelopment effort, the historically significant structure became the jewel we know today, following it’s stated mission “to provide the community with a home for the performing arts that entertains, educated and stimulates the growth of artistic integrity and experience for everyone.”

The Lyric Theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places, and represents a colorful history in Stuart as a gathering place for young and old alike.

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate all that the Lyric Theatre means to our community. Join the good times at The Lyric Birthday Bash Benefit Gala!

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