AVA always ends the semester with a great holiday party for the Board, staff, guests and resident artists. The best part is that we can stay in our own building for the party and transform the theater into a beautiful holiday wonderland.
Tonight there were just over one hundred people wishing each other good cheer and happy wishes for Hanukkah and Christmas. The food was great, prepared by Food for Thought and the ‘cheer’ was flowing.
One of the treats of the evening (since we are AVA) is the resident artists singing holiday favorites, and that goes from I’ll be home for Christmas to O Holy Night, all under the wonderful direction of Jose Melendez at the piano. The audience gets a chance to sing as well with a holiday sing-a-long and this year I was asked to lead the singing.(I kind of think I was asked because I’m the loudest speaker in the building!)
We end the evening with the Twelve Days of Christmas which works perfectly since we had twelve tables. Each table tried to out do the others with their grand singing, and I have to admit that tables #6, #3 and #1 (you figure out what they were singing) were the winners. One of the people at table #12 was a little miffed that they only got to sing their ‘day’ only once!
I didn’t get many photos (hey, I’m a writer, not a photographer), but Elspeth Kincaid did a darling version of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus in her jammies (which I think she wore a few week previously as Rosina in Il barbiere di Savigilia.) Jessica Julin dressed quite fetching sang that ago old favorite, Santa Baby, and followed in a long line of fetching woman to sing that song including mezzo-soprano and alumna, Nicole Piccolomini.
What a fun evening, you should have been there!