The Wilma Theater proudly announces the Theater Lovers Fête: The Wilma Theater’s Annual Fundraising Party

The Wilma Theater held its first-ever Theater Lovers Fête on Friday February 11, 2011 from 7pm to 11pm at The Ormandy Ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel on the Avenue of the Arts.

This year, the theater is pleased to honor Governor Edward G. Rendell with the Wilma Star Award. During his time as Mayor of Philadelphia, Rendell was instrumental in establishing the Avenue of the Arts with the opening of The Wilma Theater 15 years ago. Above James Haskins, Wilma’s Exec Director and Managing Director and Blanka Zizka, Artistic Director above with former Gov Ed Rendell. Gov Rendell thank his wife Midge who was as he said very instrumental in orchestrating creation of the Avenue of the Arts, and still serves on the Board today.

The Theater Lovers Fête, with it’s sultry and sophisticated Parisian flair, paid homage to the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. The evening began with a cocktail reception at 7pm, followed by a unique cabaret performance by

The Bearded Ladies, and dancing to the soulful sounds of LeRoy Hawks and the Hypnotics.
Kelly and Richard Wolfington with Tobey Dicker
A.D. Amorosi on the scene
James Specht, Crystal Whybark, Katherine Wennell, and Alyssa Cole
Carol Stouffer and Ed Hoy check out the program and read about the upcoming plays at the Wilma. Opening March 2 is “in the next room or The Vibrator Play”. Yes expect several orgasms on stage.
Matt O’Mally, Brian Seaman, Susan Sullivan and Jeff Kummer. Jeff and his partner Mike Reid, created the decor for tonights event with their new company Gray Space Decor.
“We are very pleased to honor Governor Rendell with the Wilma Star Award,” remarks Lewis Johnston, Chair of The Wilma Theater’s Board of Directors. “This award celebrates his success during his tenure in public service and applauds him for his unwavering commitment to the arts in Philadelphia.”
Candy Girls worked the floor selling raffle tickets. Proceeds went to the education programs at the Wilma.
The Wilma Theater exists to present theater as an art form, engaging artists and audiences in an adventure of aesthetic philosophical reflection of the complexities of contemporary life. We accomplish our mission by producing thoughtful, well-crafted, productions of intelligent, daring plays that represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and production styles.
Guests experienced a night of revelry accompanied by a grand silent auction, casino game tables, a sumptuous dessert buffet, and an aphrodisiac-inspired carte du jour. After a bad luck streak, I found my buddy Justin Pizzi winning at the poker table in the parlor.

LeRoy Hawks and the Hypnotics.
UPDATE: I SCREWED UP I forgot to post a photo of the two people who are responsible for my being at this event. Amanda Spencer and Johnny Van Heest tell me they read PhillyChitChat everyday and love it. Sometimes when you have an important thing you have to remember and you keep telling yourself not to forget, sometimes, in my brain, it’s the one thing I forget. As I was driving along 676 this afternoon thinking about things I needed to remember, it popped in my head that I forgot you two. Sorry ! Thanks so much for reading me and supporting me.