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For the week of Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2003

Arts and Entertainment

Masquerade ball debuts at River Run


Express Staff Writer

An evening of magic, mystery and wonder is the theme of The First Annual Fools Masquerade Ball Saturday, Feb. 8, at the River Run Lodge.

Guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks and be creative with their black tie outfits, Denise Simone, associate artistic director of the Company of Fools said.

The ball is a benefit for the nonprofit theater company that performs quality productions on their home stage at The Liberty Theatre, in Hailey.

Among their many productions in the past six years are "The Seagull," "Fool for Love," "Side Man" "Dinner with Friends," and "Waiting for Godot."

Future projects include "The Tempest," Feb. 13 through March 9, and "The Laramie Project." April 23 through May 11.

"Our parties are known for being creative and fun," Simone said. "We want to carry on that tradition."

Guests will be presented to the court as they arrive. The Riverside Jazz Orchestra will play as a trio first, and then the 15-piece band will strike up for dancing.

"They’re hot, what they’re known for is keeping to the atmosphere of the gathering," Simone said.

Each guests receives a ticket to "The Tempest," a "prom" photo and a complimentary glass of champagne. Hors d’oeurves will be served buffet style. A silent auction will have five blown glass masks done by Seattle artist Richard Pitkethly.

The Board of Directors, with Cindy Lawson-Kesting and Candy Robertson-Russet as co-chairs, plan to make it a yearly gala around Valentine’s Day.

"It’s February, we’ve been in jeans and ski clothes, now come play dress up with the Fools," Simone said.

Tickets are available at the Fools’ box office in Hailey or by calling 578-9122.

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