Shakespeare gala to open season

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For those of you who are able, here’s a swell big-ticket event to usher in the new Orlando Shakespeare Theater season. The annual gala is at 5 p.m. Sunday evening, with lots of food and drink, auctions and a preview of the season’s first show, The 39 Steps.

Arts patron Alan H. Ginsburg will serve as the auctioneer for the live auction.

Here’s the official word. (Note: While this press release says the event is black tie, my invitation says cocktail attire. Now you know.)

What: Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Season Opening Gala
Featuring Auctioneer Alan H. Ginsburg, Chief Executive Officer of the CED Cos.

Where: Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins St., Orlando

When: Sunday, September 12th at 5:00 PM

Tickets: Start at $150 per person/Corporate packages of 10 start at $1,500

Contact: Shannon Lacek at 407-447-1700 x 203

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will hold its annual Season Opening Gala on September 12, 2010 at the beautiful Lowndes Shakespeare Center near downtown Orlando. Orlando Shakes is honored to feature celebrity auctioneer Alan H. Ginsburg of the CED Cos. at the event. A glamorous evening of delectable food, fun, and first-class entertainment, Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s black-tie gala celebrates more than 22 years of achievements that continue to impact the theatrical community nationally and close to home.

The event will help to raise funds that enable Orlando Shakespeare Theater to achieve the following:
•    Support the nationally acclaimed Signature Series productions.
•    Fund the growth of youth education programs that serve over 25,000 young people, families, and schools annually.
•    Further our commitment to the development of new plays through our Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays: PlayFest, which helped launch off-Broadway and regional hits Around the World in 80 Days, Opus, and Wittenberg.

In addition to an elegant stationed dinner paired with fine wines, the Gala will feature a sneak preview of the fast-paced, hilarious whodunit, The 39 Steps, Broadway’s longest-running comedy. Exciting silent and live auctions give attendees the opportunity to bid on: a chance to view an Orlando Magic home game from a luxurious VIP Suite at the new Amway Center; a relaxing two-night stay at the secluded Mission Inn Resort and Club, including 18 holes of championship golf and a lavish dinner; a private event for 100 catered by Arthur’s Catering; a very special bracelet donated by arts angel Harriett Lake, and much more!

Tickets start at $150 per person, with corporate sponsorship packages for 10 starting at $1,500. All event proceeds benefit Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF. For more information and tickets, please contact Shannon Lacek at 407-447-1700 x 203 or visit www.orlandoshakes.org.

About Orlando Shakespeare Theater

With Shakespeare as its standard and inspiration, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF produces bold professional theater, develops new plays, and provides innovative educational experiences to more than 25,000 K-12 students throughout Central Florida.

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