Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sarasota Ballet Gala - Five Fabulous Years

Truly an evening of wonderful surprises and enchanted dancing.  That's what I thought of Sarasota Ballet's Celebrating Five Fabulous Years Gala on Monday night.  The evening started with cocktails and then a 90 minute program on the stage of the Asolo.  Even though the stage was bare of any sets whatsoever, the performances of the dancers were so captivating, it was just magical.

The Five Fabulous Years refers to the tenure of Director Iain Webb who has taken the company to a national or maybe even international level.  When Iain started his comments at the beginning of the program, he asked four women to join him on stage - his wife Margaret (Maggie) Barbieri, who is the Assistant Director, Jean Allenby Weidner, who is the founder of the ballet, Hillary Steele who is board chair, and Mary Anne Servian, who is the Managing Director.  He said behind every great man stands an even greater woman and in his case, stands four of them!  He then presented them all with gorgeous flowers.

Next, the program started and a trio danced Le Corsaire.  After the dance Iain presented one of the dancers, Kate Honea, with a crystal vase in honor of her 10 years with the company.  The next group danced La Bayadere and at the end, Iain surprised everyone, including the dancer Ricardo Rhodes, with the announcement that Ricardo was being made a principal dancer next season.

Octavio Martin was enthusiastically welcomed back after being out with back problems and Kayleigh Likens and Yamil Maldonado, who will represent The Sarasota Ballet School in competition in NYC, danced from Diana & Acteon.  Several other dances were performed including the Act II Duet from Matthew Bourne's  Swan Lake.

To me, the biggest announcement of the evening was that the The Nutcracker will be back for the holiday season - YAY!!!!  A brand new version with choreography by Mathew Hart will take us back to Christmas Eve in New York during the 1930s and will be a homage to John and Mable Ringling, Sarasota, and the Ringling Circus.  I can't wait!  Can I buy tickets right now?!  I so missed The Nutcracker last season, as it was our family tradition to always take our grandchildren each year.  I am thrilled to be able to re-institute that tradition once again.

Iain told us all to watch the newspaper on March 7th for an exciting announcement.  I will definitely be sure to do that!  I really feel like we are extraordinary lucky to have such a wonderful ballet company in our midst.  What a treasure they are!

Then we were off to the tent in the Asolo parking lot, made much nicer with a carpeted floor.  Paul Mattison of Mattison's provided the catering.  I know this is a small thing, but I absolutely love his garlic butter.  I am not a big roll eater, but when I see that garlic butter, I just have to have one.  Yes, there is definitely a reason I am not a size two.

Others seen at the event and not photographed below were: Michael and Kathy Bush, Warren and Margot Coville, Sally Yanowitz, Janet Sperling, Teri Hansen, Ken and Chris Pfahler, Howard and Carol Phillips, Ken and Peggy Abt, Susan Buck, Jane Smiley, Mort and Carol Siegler, Betty Schoenbaum, Emily Walsh, Harry and Victoria Leopold, Charlie Huisking, Joan Nixon, and the list goes on and on.

Richard Carpenter and Hillary Steele

Michael Scott, Michael Marraccini, and Noreen Delaney

Jean Weidner and Mary Ann Robinson

BJ Creighton and Ric and Gina Gregoria

Sydney Goldstein, Vivian Kouvant, and Flora Major

Debbie Shapiro and Julie Milton

Judy Cahn and Barbara Zdravecky

Susan and Terry Romaine

Bob Bailey, Mary Anne Servian, John Simon, and Ginger Bailey

Martha Honey and Bob Dudley

Bill and Lois Cohodas

Marv Albert and Gerri Aaron

Heather Clark and Kim Wheeler

Veronica Brady, Renee Hamad, and Scott Anderson 

Joy Weston and Lisa Walsh

Dr. Arthur and Lynn Guilford

Best valet company ever!  Rodney Tregembo and Southwest Parking

The pretty centerpiece and the garlic butter!


No comments:

Post a Comment