Maybe you fancy stepping out on the town to a speakeasy a la’ The Crawley’s vivacious Cousin Rose from “Downton Abbey”, or perhaps an all-out blowout “Gatsby”-style is more your thing. Either way, The Larry Keeton Theatre has you covered this weekend as they host their first-ever fundraiser event, “Fringe and Fedoras” on Saturday, March 12.
Two ticket levels are available for Saturday’s event, VIP and General Admission. For $65, VIP ticket holders will get the party started at 6:30 p.m.–no secret password required–to enjoy signature cocktails, a sneak peek at the evening’s silent auction offerings and first nibbles featuring an array of delectable heavy hors d’oeuvres from PHAT Bites, Ellendale’s, Fast Track Catering and the Cumberland Hospitality Group. There will also be a special performance of “Cat’s Meow Cabaret” featuring some of Nashville’s hottest talents, including several familiar Keeton Theatre frequent cast members.
General Admission tickets are $40, and include 8 p.m. party entry, the above-mentioned heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction bidding opportunities and two drink tickets.
All revelers will also enjoy period tunes courtesy of jazz songstress Lynn Beal and her Big Band. Beal, a Nashville-area favorite, organized her big band in 2009. With a mix of big band classics, modern favorites and original jazz tunes, the singer/songwriter is joined on percussion by Rick Lonow and Mike Wyatt; trumpeters Matt Murdock, Jack Strotman; Mario Davidson on trombone, Michael Roland, Ed Grooms, Richard Griffin on saxophone; guitarist Marty Crum; bassist Dave Webb and Phil Rugh tickling the ivories.
Just yesterday, as she was putting the finishing touches on the event, I briefly spoke with Keeton’s Jamie London who said, “We are trying something new as a fundraiser for The Larry Keeton Theatre and Fringe& Fedoras is poised to be our 1st Annual “Themed Cabaret Evening.” Jamie expanded on the evening’s theme with, “Our vision is to set the tone with this Roaring 20s party and move to different decades and musical eras in seasons to come.”
As for why a fundraiser is necessary for the popular dinner theatre venue, Jamie revealed, “Although our parent company is Fifty Forward, we [SCA /The Larry Keeton Theatre] are responsible for raising all…that is right…all of our operating funds every year.” Continuing on the necessity of raising funds, “Most folks, even season ticket holders, are not aware of this reality … in fact we also pay monthly rent and administrative fees to FiftyForward… Which we liken to being the college student charged rent to live at home… lol. At any rate, as a small nonprofit community theatre, it is imperative that we continue to generate funds throughout the year to continue to produce high quality, affordable dinner theatre in Nashville.”
Speaking of ‘high quality, affordable dinner theatre’, this reviewer can personally attest that The Keeton consistently offers some of the best shows in the Nashville area, most recently, their absolutely splendid production of “Sunset Boulevard”, a regional-debut, no-less, starring the inimitable Ginger Newman. As for the meal that accompany their performances, it’s truly some of the most delicious offered at any of the handful of Nashville dinner theaters.
On the subject of their regular season offerings, Jamie pointed out, “Our ticket prices and Season Ticket Specials are still the same as they have been for the past 4 years and we aim to keep them that way.”
Offering one final word on Saturday’s big party, Jamie concluded, “We hope everyone can join us in the fun Saturday night, March 12 to support our homegrown Donelson treasure. The entertainment is going to be stellar and the food and bevs will be delicious!!!!”
The Larry Keeton Theatre is located at 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214. A very limited number of tickets for The Larry Keeton Theatre’s “Fringe & Fedoras” Fundraiser, will be available at the door while they last. If you can’t make Saturday’s fundraiser, but would like to support the wonderful efforts of The Keeton, you may also call the number above to arrange a donation. Next on stage at The Keeton will be “The Miss Firecracker Contest” directed by Jeffrey Ellis with shows running April 14-30. Click Here for tickets.
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