The Players looks forward to this opportunity to joyfully kickoff the season with fun and flare. At 5:30pm, the evening will begin with cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, and revelry in the Players’ newly renovated, and not often open to the public, Rehearsal Hall. Guests will be able to mingle in the Rehearsal Hall, as well as under a tent on our new outdoor Elsewhere Stage.
Then at 7:00pm, guests will be welcomed back into the beloved barn for entertainment, merriment, and bidding in the theatre, while they relax in their favorite theatre seats as the fun unfolds. Afterwards, coffee, dessert, and farewells will happen in the lobby, as we bid our guests adieu until opening night of the Summer Season!
Items for bid include a Celebrity Chef dinner featuring the talent behind Luca’s Mediterranean Café, and President/CEO of the Greater Keene and Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Luca Paris and Players’ Artistic Director Tom Frey; a week-long stay in beautiful Hern Cottage on Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine; an extraordinary 4-course culinary experience for 8 by chef Carolyn Hough of Cranberry Meadow Farm Inn, and more fabulous items.
The evening’s entertainment will feature popular new company member Tracey Conyer Lee (Mrs. Webb in last summer's Our Town) giving a sneak peek at Billie Holliday - who she'll be portraying this summer in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill; exciting new company member Matthew McGloin, who'll be featured this summer as both the Emcee in Cabaret and as Richard in 2 Pianos 4 Hands;
fabulous director and choreographer of Beehive: The 60's Musical Ilyse Robbins, who will be the choreographer of Cabaret and the director / choreographer of our Second Company show, The Emperor's New Clothes; longtime company member Bridget Beirne; and the Players’ new Artistic Director Tom Frey.
Two very special Players Family members will be appearing as the evening’s auctioneers - conversation architect (and magician!) David Baum will be joining the festivities, along with longtime supporter of the Players, Phil Runyon of the very generous Runyon Law Office, PLLC. The Players are thrilled to have these two gentlemen encouraging the bidding!
Tickets for the Live Gala and Auction are $125 per person. A limited number of premium tables for 10 during cocktail time are available for $1500. To purchase tickets, visit the Players website OR call the box office at (603) 924-7585.