Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wine, women and song

Benefit for acting opportunities for area’s youth

This storyboard was created by writer, artist and etcher Duncan Gleason, who was working for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer when they were planning the movie shoot for the Technicolor Academy Award-winning “The Yearling” in 1946. Page Klune donated a signed storyboard as an auction item for “The King and I”-themed benefit that raises money for the St. Thomas Playhouse’s youth programs. Photo by Willy Cook

If your heart didn't skip a beat when Yul Brenner as the sexy (and sexist) in-need-of-some-manners King of Siam started bossing governess-soon-to-be love interest Deborah Kerr around in all his brutal hotness, and if you hate Thai food and children, stop reading.

But, if the idea of swooning away an afternoon surrounded by accommodating (and attractive) waiters, wine, champagne, green curry over jasmine rice and supporting the area's youth with dreams of making it in show business appeals to you, then ladies mark those calendars.

Those interested have until Friday, Feb. 3, to make a reservation for the Girlfriend Cabaret Luncheon called "Getting to Know You," which embraces the spirit and atmosphere of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I" for its annual fundraising event.

Guests will enjoy a three-course Thai-inspired luncheon prepared by Rickshaw restaurant's Chef Laura Apshanga followed by an assortment of desserts with musical numbers interspersed throughout, auction and a raffle.

"It's a wonderful girlfriend party," said St. Thomas Playhouse Managing Director Cherie Kessler.

And the proceeds from the event will benefit St. Thomas Playhouse programs for children and youth, including scholarships and underwriting.

Lunchtime entertainment includes songs from musicals performed by St. Thomas Playhouse last year, such as "Music Man," and will preview music from "The King and I," which will be performed this fall.

Among the items for auction are walk-on roles for women in that production, a catered four-course dinner with music by R.L. Rowsey and a storyboard from "The Yearling," an Academy Award-winning film from 1946, donated by local collector Page Klune. The creative piece is signed by artist Duncan Gleason, an esteemed art technician with MGM studios.

The cost for the afternoon of wine, women and song is $125, $95 of which is tax deductible. The event will be held at the Elkhorn Springs Restaurant in Elkhorn Village on Wednesday,

Feb. 8, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Girlfriend Cabaret Luncheon

When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Elkhorn Springs Restaurant in Elkhorn Village

Cost: $125 per person ($95 is tax deductible)

RSVP: By Friday, Feb. 3, by calling 726-5349, ext. 13.

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