Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s One Enchanted Evening to Honor the Rotary Club of Roswell at 20th Anniversary Gala Event

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Georgia Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Robert J. Farley, Roswell Rotary President Jacque Digieso and Committee Chair Robert Hagan. Photo courtesy of Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), North Fulton’s only professional theatre company, will hold its annual gala fundraiser “One Enchanted Evening” on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Atlanta Country Club, 500 Atlanta Country Club Dr., SE, Marietta, GA 30067. The black-tie optional gala will be one of several exciting events to be held over the weekend launching Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s historic 20th anniversary season. Attendees at One Enchanted Evening will honor the Rotary Club of Roswell as the ninth annual recipient of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre Legacy Award. Proceeds from this event will support the extensive mainstage, outreach, and theatre for youth programming provided by Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre instituted the Legacy Award as a way to recognize those individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations that have made long-standing contributions of their time, talent and support to the Georgia Ensemble Theatre over the years. Past honorees include: GET past-president Robert Hagan; founding Trustee Peter Abreu; former Roswell Mayor W.L. “Pug” Mabry; dedicated GET supporters and arts advocates Drs. Tom and Elizabeth Price; Curator of Fulton County’s Teaching Museum North Jacque Coxe; community volunteer and former Georgia Ensemble Theatre Trustee Helen Owens; the Roswell Woman’s Club; and long-time corporate partners, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Bank of North Georgia, Macy’s and Northside Hospital. GET President Emeritus and Trustee Coe Hamling was named the inaugural recipient of the Theatre’s Legacy Award.

“One Enchanted Evening” will begin at 6:30 p.m. on September 8 at the Atlanta Country Club, and will include a silent auction, cocktails (open bar), a four-course gourmet dinner, and dancing. Former President of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre Board of Trustees Robert W. Hagan serves as Chairman for this gala event. Individual tickets to this event including dinner and entertainment are $150 each. The Theatre welcomes sponsors for this event with levels ranging from $500 to $5000; sponsorships include significant recognition, signage and other benefits. Call 770-641-1260 for reservations and detailed information. Sponsors for the 2012 event include Peter & Carol Abreu, Georgia Power Company, Renasant Bank, Evergreen Rehabilitation, Juravel & Co., Hicks and Clark CPA, Vince & Carla Crowell, New Kent Capital, LLC, Omnicare Pharmacy Inc., Bill and Ruby Purdie, Roswell Rotary Club, Sterling Healthcare Inc., Academic Solutions, Inc., Joe & Jacque Digieso, HealthCare Service Group, and Ron & Linda Lee Parker. Hosts for One Enchanted Evening are Robert W. Hagan, Vince & Carla Crowell, Robert & Anita Farley, Jacque Cox & Ron & Liz Jackson, Kathy Kuczka, George & Barbara Lovatt, Manuela Myrich, and Ron & Linda Lee Parker.

About the Rotary Club of Roswell:
This club of two hundred and fifty five members was founded sixty one years ago by a small group of forward thinking and generous community leaders. Each year Roswell Rotary has provided community service, charitable donations, assistance to the aged and needy, and unwavering support for the education of our youth. The consistency of the club’s commitment to “Service above Self” is encapsulated in the District 6900 title “Club of the Decade” for 2000-2010. The club utilizes over seventy committees to reach far and near in the areas of Vocational Service, New Generations, Foundation, Polio, Literacy, Veteran Support, Care for the Aged, Cancer, Disabled Youth and many other global and local needs. This year Roswell Rotary will expand involvement in Interact participation in an unprecedented fashion, as they also focus on the effort to Stop Human Trafficking. Monthly inductions, new member socials, and Rotary Learning Institute session keep the membership vibrant and connected. The Club’s President for 2012-2013 is long-time Georgia Ensemble Theatre supporter and advocate, Jacque Digieso.

Auction Items at One Enchanted Evening:
Georgia Ensemble Theatre is thrilled to have some wonderful items for auction at this year’s event. Live Auction Items include a photo safari for 2 in Africa, a catered party from Talk of the Town, and a naming sponsorship opportunity for one of GET’s mainstage plays during the 20th Anniversary Season. Silent Auction items include artwork, dinners at wonderful restaurants, a “wine pull,” theatre tickets, Disney World passes, vacations and much more!

About Georgia Ensemble Theatre:
Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory, now celebrating its 20th anniversary season of professional theatre productions and arts education, is the Official Resident Professional Theatre Company of the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA 30075. GET produces a mainstage season of five plays annually as well as three Theatre for Youth productions. The Theatre’s Conservatory provides quality theatre education classes for youth and adults, avocational and professional actors. The Theatre also provides extensive outreach efforts in its programming for seniors, under-served youth, partner schools, and other non-profit organizations. GET is fortunate to count many corporate partners among its long-time supporters, including Bank of North Georgia, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Northside Hospital, Macy’s, Publix and The Thoresen Foundation. The Theatre has nearly 2500 season subscribers, which includes more than 500 Tenure Club members (those who have subscribed to the Theatre for 10 consecutive years or more), and over 100 Emerald Club members (subscribers of GET since Year One!). Georgia Ensemble Theatre was named as the Readers’ Choice for Best Theatre Company 2008 by Atlanta Magazine. The Theatre is the proud recipient of the 2007 CABY Awards for Organizational Achievement and for Excellence in Arts Education, and Artistic Director Robert J. Farley was bestowed with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his impressive body of work by the Pasadena Playhouse in California and received Kennesaw State University’s Flourish Award for outstanding arts leadership.

The 2012-2013 “Emerald” Anniversary GET Season:
Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s 2012-2013 season has its grand celebration opening two days before One Enchanted Evening with the outrageous American comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner running September 6 through the 23; followed by a revival of the hit holiday musical A Taffeta Christmas running November 7-18; and we launch into 2013 with the world premiere of the comedy Swell Party by Atlanta’s own Topher Payne running January 10-27; then we present the mystery thriller Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club from February 28-March 17; and our season ends with the blockbuster Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! from April 11-28th. Theatre for youth productions include Aesop’s Fables, James and the Giant Peach, and And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. Season and individual tickets are on sale now. For tickets or information, call 770-641-1260, or visit us online at www.get.org.