Holiday party

You know it’s officially the holidays when the parties start happening – and the Alumnae membership gathered at the theatre last night for the annual Dark of Winter Do. This year, the potluck event was organized by VP Membership Ellen Green and member Barbara Haber, with decorations courtesy of the Spence clan.

After dinner, the gang collected in the main stage audience and Ellen’s son, pro photographer Joshua Meles, came in to take our photo; the shot will be featured as part of the set in The Real Inspector Hound, one of our one-act Stoppard shows in January. Then, we retired back to the lower lobby for entertainment, featuring satirical songs by Elizabeth Block, a recitation from A Christmas Carol by Nonnie Griffin, Nonnie and I doing a duet of You’re Just in Love, Kat Leonard performing some fun new tunes she’d written (and may be using in her Fringe show this summer!) and mezzo Martha Spence, who sang a couple of holiday tunes, including Silent Night with the assembled gang. And, presents all around, courtesy of President Barbara Larose. And I took the opportunity early in the evening to check out our Heritage Toronto plaque, which has been mounted on the Berkeley Street side of the building, between the two display windows. Check it out next time you’re over. I’ll try to remember to get a photo of it too.

All in all a very good time. And a reminder that I still haven’t finished my Xmas shopping.

Back on Monday to report on the Hound and Magritte stumblethrough, taking place on Sunday.

God help us, everyone.

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