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Arts / Performing Arts

Iconic Midtown Theatre Sets $1 Million Goal in High-Voltage Night

It Takes an Ensemble

BY // 05.08.17
photography Anthony Hynes

What: The Ensemble Theatre‘s Cocktail Kick Off Announcing 40th Anniversary Ball

Where: The Ensemble Theatre at Midtown

PC Moments: The high voltage evening unfolded in multiple acts. First up, the main players took to the stage and warmed up the tony crowd of board members, sponsors, and supporters. On the dais, gala co-chairs Merele Yarborough and Jane-Page Crump, executive director Janette Cosley, and board chair Argentina James introduced  the fellow leading actors in the celebrated theater’s upcoming black-tie gala set for Saturday, August 19, at the Hilton Americas.

Headliners underscored the importance of the Ensemble, renowned as one of the few theaters to present all of August Wilson‘s plays. Honorary chairs Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein, fellow honorary chair Licia Green-Ellis (her husband, The Honorable Rodney Ellis, was on government business and there in spirit); and the evening’s chair Shawntell McWilliams (who received a gift and applause) all stood up.

The announcement of the gala’s goal — $1 million dollars, its most ambitious ball effort ever — and theme, “Live It, Love It: Celebrate Theatre!” was accompanied by a confetti pop as the co-chairs returned to stage to croon Kool and the Gang’s Celebrate. The night included culinary stylings by Southern Creole Foods, DJ SupaStar on the turntable, and Silvanus LaToison (introduced by artistic director Eileen J. Morris) who performed standards by Stevie Wonder and Bruno Mars.

Who: In the bright lights: Gallerist Lloyd Gite, Brandi and Brandon Carson, Judge Bill Littlejohn, Beth Wolff, Jacqueline and Leon Kinloch, Keith McWilliams, James Crump, Deandrea and Niles Dillard, Judi McGee, Carolyn Mann, Myrtle Jones, Evelyn Washington, Gayle and Donald Gardner, Elizabeth Anthony’s Brandon McClendon, Nicole Walters, Sherise and C.B. Marshall, Deborah Hutchinson, Gloria Gaston, Brenda and John Chase, Crystal Hadnott, Vanya and Henry Gamble, Melanie and Chris Promecene, The Ensemble’s Robert Ross, Rhea Lawson, Melba Williams, Karen Long, Linda Estes, Erica Littlejohn Burnette, Cheryl Ramagos, and Rosalyn Boyd.

Holiday Gifting

  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Wayne Smith
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Cotton Club
  • Elaine Turner - Felicia Stole in Magenta
  • Wayne Smith
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Elaine Turner - GiGi Flats
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Asher Gallery
  • Cotton Club
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Mariquite Masterson

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