Out & About: It's 29 years for the gala of Saint Vincent Summer Theatre
The Saint Vincent Summer Theatre is racking up some big numbers this year.
It's the 50th season for the renowned professional theater company. It's also the 29th year that the theater has hosted a gala at Saint Vincent College in Unity, where the professional theater company makes its home.
Co-chairs for the June 29 event were Phil and Bill Dymond, who have been involved with the gala for every one of those 29 years.
After a champagne-and-heavy-hors-d'oeuvres reception, attendees were treated to Dan Goggin's musical comedy, "Nunsense," about a hapless group of sisters trying to raise some money and right some wrongs.
Many filing into the theater said they'd seen it before and were happy for the chance to see it again.
Gala guest Barbara Ferrier gave her take on the evening:
"I come to the gala to support the theater, so I can get to my favorite part — the cabaret," she said of the popular after-theater parties. "I get my hot dog and my beer, and then I go home happy."
The current season opened with "Harvey," a reprise of a show that was staged in the theater's inaugural 1969 season. Following "Nunsense" is "Leading Ladies," and later, a musical revue for the holidays.
For information and tickets, visit svst.org.
Gala attendance was a near-SRO crowd of more than 225. Presenting sponsors were First Commonwealth Band and R&L Development Co.
Committee members included George andLinda Austin, Greggory Brandt, Janet Bunch, Terry andNina Daughenbaugh, Angelo andPam DeMezza, Karl andCarmen Eisaman, George Fetkovich, Rose Flodin, Josie Funari, Judy Kovach, Jim andMaureen Laffey, Terry andChristine Linville, Tom andDiane Luscombe, Anita Manoli, Pat andGail McBroom, Michael Philopena andGeorge Shaner, Lou andBarbara Steiner, Richard andJoanna Stillwagon, Stephanie Tomasic, Andy andAliesha Walz andMarie Zanotti.
Seen: Luke and Laura Latimer, Sharon Nies, Brother Norman Hipps, Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, Amy Brandt, Joe andOlga Herbert, Chuck andNancy Anderson, Terry Graft andLinda Brown, Bill andJudy Scheeren, David Volpe and Shawn Spadaro, Suzanne English, Gerard Manoli, Al and Sally Ann Novak, Joe and Ann Nemanic, Jess and Joan Stairs, Doreen Blandino and Father Bonaventure Curtis.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @shirley_trib.