Society Column: Woodland Country Club hosts ATI gala
If you’ve never seen Don Farrell, Cynthia Collins and Judy Fitzgerald perform at the Studio Theatre at the Performing Arts Center, you’ve missed a cultural treat. The fabulous trio originally moved to Hamilton County in 2005 from New York City and co-founded the Actors Theater of Indiana. They are Hamilton County’s only professional theater equity group and are the City of Carmel’s resident professional theater company.
When you attend their productions, expect big personalities, big performances, great music and impeccable acting in a small venue. Individually, and as a group, these performers are consummate professionals.
On March 8 ATI Guild President Susan Wiland and members, Susan Bonanno, Sue Pearson, Sandy Armington, Deb Hermiller, Becky Pritchett, Mary Jo Alonso, and Therese Coffey conducted ATI’s 8th annual gala fundraising event at the Woodland Country Club. The evening included dinner, dancing, entertainment and artistic rendering.
Approximately 120 people attended. Entertainment was provided by the Tim Brickley Quintet, as well as the ATI performers. Posh Petals of Indianapolis provided floral table arrangements. Silent auction highlights included a painting by internationally known artist, Richard Nunez; a dinner party for 6 by Brad Gates Catering; a cocktail party at the home of Michael O’Brien, owner of Printing Partners, and his wife, Jackie Nytes, CEO of the Indianapolis Public Library, with entertainment provided by Don Farrell, Cynthia Collins and Judy Fitzgerald.
Also attending the event, to name a few, were ATI Executive Director Jim Reilly and wife PJ Reilly; Board of Trustees President, Michael Tavel; Kristen Merritt, Director of Marketing, and husband, Jeff Merritt; Board Member, Denise Reiter and Michael Davidson; Carmen Reidl and Wayne Campbell; Leslie Oleck; Charlene Arnolt; Karen Minnis; and Jack and Joy Stafford.
Reflecting the respect of the metro area, Actors Theater Group was voted best theater group four years in a row in the Indychannel.com’s A-list. ATI’s next presentation is Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano,” which runs from April 25 through May 11 at the Studio Theatre. To check the performance schedule visit www.thecenterfortheperfomingarts.org.
Tonya Burton is the Current’s social scene columnist. You may contact her at email@example.com.