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Orcas Center annual gala celebrates all things French

By CALI BAGBY
Islands Sounder Reporter
July 16, 2014 · Updated 3:26 PM
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Orcas Center Gala celebrates everything that is French. / Contributed photo

The last year at the Orcas Center has featured a wide span of theatrics from the lively cabaret of “Enchanted Forest” to the British mystery “39 Steps” to the heart-wrenching yet spectacular “Moulin Rogue” performance.

In the spirit of these performances, the Orcas Center’s Annual gala has a French theme to celebrate the European flair of recent shows. To celebrate everything French there will be a magician, bohemians, musicians, fine food, wine and fun at the gala.

“We love a theatrical flare,” said Orcas Center Director Kara O’Toole. “We also love to have a costume inspiration for folks who like to dress up and be a part of the theatrics.”

The 28th Annual Orcas Center Gala and Auction fundraiser is on Saturday, July 19 and starts at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, wine and cabaret performances, ending well into the night.

Tickets are available now by contacting Orcas Center at 376-2281 ext. 1 or www.orcascenter.org.

Auction items include island trips, wine, dinner excursions and beautiful artwork. All the items will be listed at www.orcascenter.org.

The evening’s French menu will be crafted by local chef Christina Orchid.

“She is inspired … French food is her favorite  and when Christina is on fire there is nothing like it,” said O’Toole.

Local performers that are often highlighted in community performances will lend their talents to the gala. The lively troupe includes Jake Perrine as the emcee, Grace McCune as the chanteuse or singer and Christopher Evans as the maître d’. There will be performances by this author, Kellen Comrie, Matthew Laslo-White, Maria Bullock, Martin Lund, Laura Ludwig and local dancers.

“We want to give people a taste and leave them wanting more,” said McCune, who is also the artistic director for the gala. “We also want to lift people’s spirits in a way that they can connect with performers.”

After directing this year’s “Moulin Rouge,” McCune was able to see how important it is to bring the community together for the arts.

More than 100 islanders helped make the “Moulin Rogue” sparkle. Many of the singers performed for the first time for the show.

“The show inspired people to remember and experience a sense of community theater,” said McCune. “It was beautiful.”

The gala is Orcas Center’s biggest fundraiser and helps to keep it running.

“It’s extremely important to our continued health,” said O’Toole. “We always try and out-do ourselves and create a night that people won’t forget. It’s not your average auction. It’s a full theatrical evening.”

Add McCune: “You will be in for a lot of surprises.”

 


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