Le Petit paired entertaining theatrical performances with fine dining at its largest annual benefit, which hosted 250 patrons supporting the future of arts education.
The evening began in Tableau restaurant, which was decorated in reds and pinks by Urban Earth Studios. After dinner, guests moved into the theatre for a performance celebrating the American musical.
Food was generously provided by Tableau and included barbecue shrimp and grits, ratatouille, cheese, charcuterie, an oyster bar, freshly made beignets and pork and turkey carving stations.
Highlighting the evening was a performance by Broadway and cabaret actress Christine Pedi, known as “the lady of 1,000 voices” for her many impersonations. Also on stage were a cast of Le Petit favorites, including Leslie Castay, Cameron-Mitchell Ware and Sean Patterson, performing a medley of beloved American musical songs.
A silent auction saw vigorous bidding for an amethyst and gold bracelet donated by Friend & Company, antique Etruscan earrings donated by Keil’s Antiques and a painting donated by artist Matthew Peck. In the live auction, a private dinner by chef David Rouse of Herbsaint was a popular item, as were a day on the set of “NCIS: New Orleans” and tickets to The Band’s Visit in New York, the 2018 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. Auctioneer Mark Romig also sold walk-on roles for Le Petit’s upcoming production of A Christmas Carol and oversaw a paddle raise for support of Le Petit’s new education programming.
Event chairs were Janet Daley Duval and Julie Livaudais George. Serving as Board Chairman is Barbara Motley with Maxwell Williams as Artistic Director and Don-Scott Cooper as Executive Director.
Event at a Glance
What: “Curtain Call Ball,” benefiting Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
When: Friday, September 21
Artistic Director Maxwell Williams and Dickie Brennan
Robert and Martha Gettys with Executive Director Don-Scott Cooper
Kay Favrot, Susan Gundlach and Mary Jane McAlister
Jack and Penny Bryant with Alexandra Stafford and Raymond Rathle
Sean and Cynthia Schwery