Sunday, June 6, 2010

Beaux Arts Ball 2010!

Every year the theatre has what is called the Beaux Arts Ball. It is always a ton of fun. Everyone dresses fancy & brings their cameras & has a really wonderful time. The purpose of the ball is to honor the theatre's volunteers of the past season. So this one was for the shows of the 2009-2010 season. From 7-7:30 there are appetizers, drinks & mingling. Then at 7:45 there is a program which includes a parody of the shows from the last season (which is always HILARIOUS), a couple of sneak peaks of the summer musical (Sound of Music) & they will also have a few people perform a song they did in a musical from the last season. They also do the awards... Best Actor in a comedy or drama, etc. The people presenting the awards are the people who won it last year. After the program, there is dinner & dancing. Dinner this year was from Ninfa's & Ruffino's! YUM! It is a WONDERFUL TIME! My hubby & i had a fantastic time last night. I think it is probably my favorite Beaux Arts Ball yet! PICTURE OVERLOAD coming up... but i hope you stick around!! Excuse my lengthy captions... =)

 Me & my hubby. =)


The biggest shock to me was that I won an award!! HAHA! I didn't expect this at all, but i won an award they give each year called "Outstanding Backstage Volunteer" award. It is presented by the technical director. I was truly surprised but honored to receive it! I was nervous because it meant i had to make a speech! EEK! & i had to climb those awful steps in HEELS in front of everyone! HAHAHA. I kept the speech short & sweet, but i really did not express to them how much i love them & how much i love being a part of that place! I don't remember all i said, but i hope it made sense! I know i thanked my husband - he is more understanding of my need for theatre than any other "non-theatre" person. It is great to have a husband who supports you in whatever you want to do! Anyway, it is an honor & i am thankful. My plaque says, "Baton Rouge Little Theatre/2009-2010 Season/Outstanding Technical Volunteer/ Melissa Venable"!  Still can't believe it! But very happy. It truly meant a lot to me. 

 I met Tim & Marion during my first show Beauty & the Beast (actually, that's when they met, too!). So they were some of my first friends at the theatre. Tim & i became very good friends thru the years. The three of us have done several shows together (they were both in Urinetown & Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with me as well as B&B). Tim moved the day after last year's Beaux Arts Ball to go to college a few hours away. I am SO proud of him! Marion later joined him & is now going to school there as well. I was SO EXCITED when i heard they would be in town for the ball this year! It was so good to see them! 


 Shelley & Marion - i love these girls SO MUCH! Wish you could see them perform!! They both are great actresses & singers!!! 
Me & my sweet Danielle - one of my favorite friends. She is such a sweetheart!

Lee & Paula. Ohmygosh, i love this couple! I met Paula last year during The King & I. This year, she is in Sound of Music. Well, we needed more guys for the ensemble & she recruited her boyfriend, Lee. I cannot tell you how much i love this guy - he is just so sweet & hilarious. We gave him a speaking part in the show & he was so excited, it was too cute. He is just one of those people that you just instantly like because he has the BEST personality - he's just very genuine, sweet, friendly. I love Paula, too - she is truly a sweetheart & i'm glad she found a guy like Lee. =) They make a great couple!

 My friend Susan & her boyfriend Michael. HAHA - i love this pic!

Me & Emily with our awards... she won "best supporting actress in a comedy or drama" for her role as Sybil in Private Lives. I was so happy she won it & SO PROUD OF HER. Love this girl!

A bunch of the cast of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas!! 

2 of my favorite people - Eryn Short & Kristy Coast. Eryn is Liesl in Sound of Music & i'm so happy for her - her first supporting role. Kristy is too sweet - we have not gotten to do a show together but i would LOVE to. She is HILARIOUS & super talented!

Rachel, Susan & moi!

Kevin & Stephanie. They are so cute. I had no idea i caught Kevin mid-laugh but i love it!

My good friend Rachel & her (very tall!) boyfriend Micah.

Me & Lauren... she is Elsa in Sound of Music. She is hilarious!

Another one of us with Tim!! We love this guy! & i'm so proud of him, too!

As you can probably tell, it was a very good night! An amazing time! I forgot to add that the BRLT's artistic director, Keith, announced what the 2011 summer musical is going to be - & it is going to be HAIRSPRAY!!!! How fun is that?!?! 


So excited. I truly love Baton Rouge Little Theatre. Some of the best people i've ever met are from that place. I'm so glad i decided to get over my nerves & audition for Beauty & the Beast in 2006 - if i hadn't - i would have missed out on a LOT of amazing friendships. It is a wonderful place & we had a wonderful time last night! I'm already looking forward to the next one!! =)


8 comments:

  1. Congrats on your award!!!!!! That's so neat!

    I love the idea that everyone gets to dress up and celebrate the season with awards and such.

    It's obvious that you've met some awesome people through theater!

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  2. I'm so happy for you Mel!!! Congrats! You've done so much for BRLT so you deserve it. I LOVE YOU and miss you. I'm glad you had so much fun. :D

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  3. Congrats!

    I love that dress, you look so pretty!

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  4. Congrats on your award. I like dress.

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  5. Melissa,
    Congrats on the award!!! You look beautiful, and I LOVE your hair!!! Lovely!!!

    Lee Ann

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  6. Congrats on your award!! That green looked great with your hair!!!

    Looks like tons of fun!!

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  7. Not sure how I missed this post??!!!

    YOU LOOK DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!!!!

    I LOVE your hair and make up :)


    Congratulations on your award!!!!
    That is awesome :)

    I'm so excited for you :)!!!!!!!

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