February 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM
MADISON, NJ - There will be a "night of dreams" in Madison coming in March.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2014 Annual Gala— La Nuit des Rêves or The Night of Dreams—invites guests to get a behind-the-scenes look at the facility's renovated “theatre factory” on Saturday, March 22.
Hundreds of patrons, artists, and community leaders will participate in the theatre’s largest fundraising event of the year.
“Our incredible support facility is an evolving work of art in itself. There is always something new to see—a gorgeous mural taking shape, another space to explore, a talented artisan at work. Last year’s gala was about unveiling the space. This year is all about inviting audiences to see how the space constantly transforms; the gala will feature beautiful, theatrical dreamscapes,” said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte.
Located in Florham Park, the 50,000-square-foot building is home to all but the performance facets of the theatre’s administrative, educational, artistic, and technical operations. In addition to offices and education spaces, the facility includes areas for the construction of sets, costumes and other scenic elements, an unusual Board room, a spacious rehearsal hall, a muraled Green Room, and ample space for the Theatre’s extensive collections of props, stock scenery, costumes, stage weapons, archives, and more.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a black-tie reception including passed hors d’oeuvres and gourmet food stations. Guests will be able to dine, mingle, and explore the amazing spaces of the behind-the-scenes facility as well as bid on silent auction offerings.
At 8:30 p.m. guests will enter the “Grand Ballroom” for dessert, coffee and the “Dream of a Cabaret”– the star-studded cabaret performance featuring the theatre’s renowned company of artists and guest celebrities performing an array of musical numbers.
At the start of the main program, the theatre will present the Mighty Quill Award to longtime Shakespeare Theatre trustee, community leader, and New Jersey philanthropist Heath B. McLendon. Following the presentation and performance, guests may gather around the “Sandman Piano Bar” in the spacious cabaret-like rehearsal hall, take photos in the “Dream Boat,” or visit the evening’s Dream Interpreter in her “salon.”
Gala tickets range from $295 to $1,000 per person. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.