A Medieval Style Celebration at CTA Gala

“There’s no business like show business,” states one of my favorite old Broadway tunes, and certainly many of the community theater enthusiasts were out in full force to support the Annapolis Children’s Theater (CTA) at their Spring Gala last Saturday night. The theme was Camelot, and Christy Stouffer who is active in just about every theater group in the Greater Annapolis area and beyond, had made a special dress for the occasion.
Christy told me the dress wasn’t quite finished, but it looked finished to me. But then again, she also told me she has been taking it easy by limiting her theater involvement to serving as Assistant Stage Manager for “Once Upon a Mattress”, CTA’s most recent production, this she does in addition to her full-time demanding job at a D.C. Law firm (and making that beautiful dress). Yes, theater can be magic and it can be an addiction. Many of the board members and supporters of CTA have grown children, but they loved their involvement with CTA so much that they never left.
It was a great soiree. In keeping with the theme, we feasted on smoked turkey legs and stew served in bread bowls. The wine and mead (actually beer) flowed freely at the open bar and there were plenty of silent auction items plus four fabulous live items, which hopefully raised money to help support the new building and this nonprofit arts group.
And to make the evening complete, we were graced with the presence of the Queen herself, as portrayed by Mary Ann Jung, who bestowed a knighthood on Bill Smith, who was also to be congratulated for receiving an award for his outstanding service and dedication to CTA. Well done.

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Author: Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, in charge of three magazines: "What's Up? Annapolis", "What's Up? Eastern Shore", and "What's Up? Weddings", former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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