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!! =)


  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!

  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

  3. Congrats!

    I love that dress, you look so pretty!

  4. Congrats on your award. I like dress.

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

    Lee Ann

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

    Looks like tons of fun!!

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


    I LOVE your hair and make up :)

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

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


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