People & Places: Holiday gala benefits LOOK Musical Theatre's 2013 season
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
12/19/12 at 2:56 AM
LOOK Musical Theatre stars sang for their supper during the organization's annual Holiday Supper Gala held recently at the University of Tulsa's Lorton Performance Center.
LOOK, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013, presents musicals and cabarets in the summer in repertory fashion using talent from all over the country, some of which was on display at the gala. Cabaret favorite Andrea Leap entertained guests with "Ribbons down my Back" from "Hello, Dolly!" Northeastern State University voice faculty member Shannon Unger sang an aria from Rossini's "The Italian Girl in Algiers."
Other performers included Patrick Howle, Nicholas Hunter, Stephen Glasco, Stephen Dagrosa, and LOOK mainstay April Golliver who collaborated with cellist Kari Caldwell on a Leonard Bernstein piece titled "Dream of Me." Artistic Director Eric Gibson hosted the evening and led the entertainment from the piano.
Major sponsors for the event included The John Steele Zink Foundation, Richard Vondrehle, Josephine Winter, Susan and Tim Young, and The Helmerich Foundation.
Patrons for the evening included Shawn Arthur; Billie and Howard Barnett; Polly and Don Bowen; Pattie and David Bowman; Ken Busby with his mother, Dixie Busby; Sara Arnold; Donna and Phillip Diggdon; Jane and David Emanuel; John Everitt and Patty McNeer; Jill Warnock and Jim Geurin; Barbara and Ron Glass; Nancy and Jerry Henry; Judy Gadlage and James Lawrence; Mary Anne and Budge Lewis; Gina and Mike Lodes; Kay and Franklin Miller; Miriam Overgaard; Kathleen and Len Pataki; Katie and Ron Petrikin; Fran Ringold; Helen Blake and Tom Schoenenberger; Mary and Frank Shaw; Leslie Shelton; Jane Sneed; Belynda and Weldon Spitzer; Christina Ward; Nita and Burl Watson; and Randi and Fred Wightman.
Others there were Caroline Abbott, Jay DeMuynck, Megan and David Potts, Joan and Harry Seay, Peggy and Ron Predl, Linda and Marc Frazier, Holly and Victor Bazan, Suzanne and Michael Wallis, Richard Phillips, Adele and Rolf Blom, Bruce Sorrell, Seungho Moon, Lucinda and John Harmon, Gloria Johnson, Janie and Curtis Long, Calvin Moniz, Marilou Burnett, Linda Mitchell, Karl Cocke, Paul Allen with daughter Morgan and Mark Bigley and Roger Collier, Miriam and Ranier Dupont, Frankie and Carleton James, and Linda and Bruce Stoesser.
On the stage of the performance center, patrons viewed items in a silent auction as classical guitarist Randy Wimer serenaded them with traditional holiday music. Guests were then ushered into the lobby, doused in purple lights and enjoyed holiday arrangements created by Toni's Flowers. The dinner menu was created by the university's executive chef, Tim Anderson.
Benefits from the Holiday Supper provide support for the LOOK 2013 season, which will feature the great Jerry Herman musical "Hello, Dolly!" which starred the effervescent Carol Channing. LOOK's production of "Dolly" and the company's other offerings will run June and July 2013 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. For more information about the company, visit tulsaworld.com/looktheatre
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Michael Wallis (left) and his wife, Suzanne Wallis, join Eric Gibson, Mary Anne Lewis and Budge Lewis during the LOOK Holiday Supper at the TU Lorton Performance Center on Sunday. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World