Broadway in Branford

Earlier this month Bill and I went to a fundraiser to benefit The Legacy Theater in Stony Creek. It was Black Tie optional, I had fun getting dressed up. Bill wears a suit to work everyday and always looks as good as he did in the pictures. The day was warm and sunny but the temperature cooled in the evening. It was a little chilly for bare legs and sandals but I only had the walk from the house to the car and the car to the club where the event was being held. I wish the walk from the car to the club had been as short as the walk from the house to the car but we got there a little later into the cocktail hour and didn’t get prime parking. Bill offered to drop me off at the door but I declined. 

Once we arrived and found our friends we nibbled on fresh fruit, cheese and crackers and examined the items offered in the silent auction. There were spa treatments, restaurant gift cards, photo sessions, theater tickets. I was out bid on the couple of items I was interested in but will have another chance at an auction fundraiser I’m going to for NHHR later this month. I ran into a friend I haven’t seen in about a year. It was wonderful to see her and we quickly caught up with each other, promised to keep in touch. She is someone I don’t see often but when I do our conversations are comfortable and easy. The silent auction and cocktail hour ended and we were led into the great room for a buffet dinner. We sat at round tables of twelve and dined on salad, pasta and some kind of beef (sorry, I don’t eat meat so I didn’t pay attention to what was being served).

coffee and ice cream with Jana, Andrea and Joanne

After dinner there was a live auction for bigger ticket items like Broadway Tickets, Dinner for 12 served in your home and a named seat in the new Legacy Theater. Stephanie Smelser auctioned off a personal plaster sculpture of belly or breast, winner’s choice. She has done belly castings for moms to be and breast castings as part of breast cancer awareness and her charity awareness art. The auctioneer neglected to mention any of this information, just started auctioning off a body sculptor. It went a little sideways when a man got up, made his way through the crowd and started unbuttoning his shirt with offers of modeling his chest or belly. It was all in good fun and that, along with the other items, were auctioned off to rousing applause.

After the dinner and the live auction we were ushered into another room with a stage and rows of chairs. We had the good fortune of front row seats. After a few speeches about the theater’s mission and progress on its new roof and other renovations we were entertained by four young and amazing Broadway performers. They’ve performed on Broadway in Wicked, Mama Mia, Hair, The Addams Family, The Secret Garden as well as performing Off Broadway and on National Tours. They sang together and they sang solos. They belted out songs from these and other popular shows and ended their show with the four of them signing “Seasons Of Love” from Rent. It was amazing. Such talent!

Bill and Bill

We ended the night eating chocolate covered strawberries and made our own sundaes with ice cream, brownies, crushed cookies, nuts, sprinkles and whipped cream. I am looking forward to seeing new plays in the future at the Legacy Theater before they head to Broadway!


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