Gloucester Stage Company Launches 2011 Season with SPRING BENEFIT GALA Friday May 20th

The Gloucester Stage Company will mark their 32nd Season of producing professional theatre on Cape Ann with a celebratory SPRING BENEFIT GALA on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 6 pm to 11 pm. This fun-filled event will be held at Cruiseport Gloucester located on the waterfront at 6 Rowe Square in downtown historic Gloucester, MA. Included among the evening’s festivities will be a cocktail hour, gourmet buffet dinner, a Silent Art Auction and dancing to New England’s Premier Dance Band, Guilty Pleasure. Gloucester Stage Artistic Director, Eric Engel, will also be on hand to give gala guests the latest updates on the 2011 production season and the many special events planned for the year and architect Alan Joslin will be on hand to discuss Gloucester Stage recently announced plans to renovate the theatre’s home on 267 East Main Street.

Throughout the 2011 SPRING BENEFIT GALA, guests will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a Silent Art Auction where they can bid on unique and beautiful pieces of art donated by local and regional artists. Ranging from framed scenic photographs, oil and pastel paintings, and mixed media pieces, the artwork represented display a myriad of styles and disciplines. The Silent Art Auction will showcase the talents of New York artist Anna Cinquemani and Rocky Neck Art Colony affiliates Wendie Demuth, Devera Ehrenberg, Ken Riaf, Elynn Kroger, Brenda Malloy, Skip Montello, Ruth Mordecai, Judy Robinson-Cox, Patricia Sullivan, Ed Touchette and Rokhaya Waring.

Adding to the Gala’s ambiance will be the musical stylings of Guilty Pleasure, the popular seven-piece ensemble based in Boston. Formed in 2003, Guilty Pleasure is comprised of two male and female vocalists backed by some of the area’s top musicians. With their repertoire consisting of Motown, soul, R&B, funk, disco, Top 40, pop, and rock favorites, along with classic standards, ballads, duets, swing and “lite” jazz, Guilty Pleasure has garnered numerous accolades from their “dancing” and listening audiences.

Tickets to Gloucester Stage’s 2011 SPRING BENEFIT GALA are $150 per person and can be purchased by calling the company’s Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visiting Included in the ticket price is an Open Bar of wine and soft drinks from 6 pm – 8 pm along with the cocktail hour fare and gourmet buffet dinner. A cash bar of beer and spirits will be available throughout the evening; a cash bar of wine and soft drinks will be available after 8 pm. Tickets will not be sold at the door; advanced ticket sales only. Gloucester Stage Company’s 2011 SPRING BENEFIT GALA will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 from 6 pm to 11 pm at Cruiseport Gloucester located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester, MA.

The Gloucester Stage Company is an award-winning, small, non-profit, professional theater company founded in 1979. Located in Cape Ann, Massachusetts, its mission is to provide a nurturing, intimate and relaxed platform for the development of new and established playwrights and plays; offer a wide variety of educational programs for children and adults; and present a high quality, relevant theater experience that is entertaining, stimulating and intellectually challenging to year-round and seasonal residents.

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