Baltimore Center Stage: Gala

Gala


Gala 18

Improvise 2.0

We invite you to join Baltimore Center Stage for our one of a kind 2018 gala, which will take place on Saturday, June 2. Enjoy dynamic performances, musical entertainment, and other surprises that bring our recently renovated building alive with artistry, imagination, and inspiration. The evening will open with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and then unfold into private dining rooms and bars throughout the building. After dinner, guests customize their own journey of creative experiences, while enjoying cocktails, desserts, dancing, and the silent auction.

 

Saturday, June 2

6:30pm: Cocktails, Hors d'Oeuvres, and Silent Auction
The Deering Lobby, Sherman Café & Bars, and The Deering Lounge

7:30pm: Seated Dinner catered by The Classic Catering People
Throughout the building

8:30pm: Adventures begin (see below for more information)

9:30pm: Desserts and Coffee, Dancing in the Electric Chapel
The Deering Lobby & Lounge, Nancy K. Roche Chapel

11pm: Auction Closes

12am: Good Night!

 
Individual Ticket $500 | Table Experience $6k | Premier Table Experience $10k


Creative Cocktail Attire
Creative cocktail attire is polished, but not overly dressy. Think imaginative, festive, and unconventional choices. Check out this Pinterest board for inspiration, and remember: adventures take place throughout our five-story building, so choose shoes wisely! As always, all guests in all attires will be welcome, and it really comes down to what you will find most comfortable, while also giving those who like to dress imaginatively a platform to do so.


This event benefits Baltimore Center Stage’s Artistic, Education, and Community programs.

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Interested in table sponsorship? Contact Randi Benesch at rbenesch@centerstage.org or 410.986.4020.

LATE NIGHT | 9 PM TO MIDNIGHT

Go behind-the-scenes at Baltimore Center Stage with crazy adventures, music, and dancing. Our six-floor historic building in the heart of Mount Vernon will be filled from bottom to top with performances, surprises, and revelry. Join us for the party on June 2, and create your own adventure!

Late Night admission: $100 | 9 pm to midnight

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Questions? Contact Randi Benesch at 410.986.4020 or rbenesch@centerstage.org.

IMPROVISE 2.0 ADVENTURES

Eleven unique experiences. Four floors. Countless surprises and delights. Indulge your sense of adventure!

1ST FLOOR

CLUB PEARLSTONE’S SOUL-full CABARET
Take a seat and relax in the Pearlstone Theater for a night of musical delights from the cast and band of SOUL The Stax Musical.

HOISTED ILLUMINATIONS
Come to the Hoistway to experience a spectacle of light and color! Over 600 colorful lights illuminate the vertical passageway from the Scene Shop to the Head Theater.

MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY
Head down to the Scene Shop, up the lift, and down the rabbit hole. Then sip cocktails with the Mad Hatter! Will you choose red or blue (or both)?

CENTER STAGE IN A WORD
Make your mark on our community art project. This colorful creation will grow throughout the night, as guests add words that capture the spirit of Center Stage in the Deering Lobby.

2ND FLOOR

UNION TASTING BAR
Taste some of Union Craft Brewing seasonal brews. Let good beer bring good people together for good times.

GAME ON!
Let your inner child run wild! Oversized games and oversized fun await on the Marilyn Meyerhoff Mezzanine. Challenge your date to foosball or board games, or walk amongst knights and queens with our giant chess set.

3RD FLOOR

All work and no play, I would stay away.

4TH FLOOR

FLIGHT OF THE COCKTAILS
Stop by the Roche Bar in the Deering Lounge for a flight of our favorite specialty cocktails. Each one is inspired by one of our productions this 2017/18 Season.

I COULD HAVE WARRIOR DANCED ALL NIGHT
Learn some moves and dance to a Baltimore Club Classic. Once you learn the steps to the King Lear Warrior Dance in the Brown Education Center, head to the Electric Chapel and show off your moves!

ELECTRIC CHAPEL
Dance the night away with DJ Pancakes, and get down in the Roche Chapel.

5TH FLOOR

BINGO O HELL NO!
Try your luck as our charismatic host Betty O’Hellno leads guests in this classic game of Drag Queen Bingo.

AERIAL EXPLOITS
Enjoy the view from the Head Theater balcony as two aerialists perform throughout the night. Watch in wonder as they float and flip on vertical silks hanging above the orchestra seats! Enter through the 4th floor Deering Lounge or the 5th floor.

 

Courtesy of Tyrone Eaton.

 

CO-CHAIRS
Krissie and Dan Verbic
Ellen and Topper Webb

TICKET CHAIR
August J. Chiasera

SILENT AUCTION CHAIR
Michael B. Styer

STEERING COMMITTEE
Beth Falcone
Suzan Garabedian
Adam and Fredye Gross
Melissa Guttman
Wendy Jachman
Terry Morgenthaler
Charisse Nichols
Donald Thoms
Judy Phares
Jordan Rosenfeld
Charlie Schwabe

LATE NIGHT COMMITTEE
JC Beese
Richard Gamper
Ted Hart
Lisa Lance
Charisse Nichols
Alex Thomas
Jordan Rosenfeld
Tom Whelley

PREMIER SPONSORS
Rheda Becker and Robert Meyerhoff
Ellen and Ed Bernard
Brown Advisory
Stephanie and Ashton Carter
Lynn Deering
Jane and Larry Droppa
Sandra Liotta and Carl Osterman
M&T Bank
Terry Morgenthaler and Patrick Kerins
Charles E. Noell III
Judy and Scott Phares
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Betsy and George Sherman
Sharon and Jay Smith

SPONSORS
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Millicent and Peter Bain
Baltimore Gas and Electric  Company
The Baltimore Life Companies
Penny Bank
Bank of America
Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones
Erin and Doug Becker
CGA Capital
Cho Benn Holback + Associates
The Classic Catering People
Constellation
Continental Realty Corporation
DLA Piper
Joanne and Walter Doggett
Donohue-Hart-Thomson Financial Group
Denise and Brian Eakes
Environmental Reclamation Company
Ernst & Young LLP
Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP
Greenspring Associates
HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.
Howard Bank
Kathleen Hyle
Wendy Jachman and Jeffrey Scherr
KPMG LLP
Kramon & Graham PA
Elizabeth and Ken Lundeen
McGuireWoods LLP
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
J. William Murray
PNC Greater Maryland
Ratcliffe Architects
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Seawall
Slate Capital Group
Stifel Investment Banking
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
Transamerica
Tufton Capital Management
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Venable LLP
Krissie and Dan Verbic
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
The William L. and Victorine Q. Adams Foundation and Rodgers Family Fund
Ellen and Topper Webb

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR GALA CATERER