Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) 2016 Curtain Call Cirque du Musicale entertained a delighted and excited crowd with all things cirque at the Music Hall at Fair Park in April 2016.
(Slideshow feature photo: David Palmlund, Chair; performer; Suzanne Palmlund, Chair; Micki and the Honorable Mike Rawlings, Honorary Chairs; performer. Photos by Chris Waits.)
The evening began with a red carpet arrival as gala chairs Suzanne and David Palmlund welcomed supporters along with Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, DSM and Ted Munselle, Chairman of the Board.
Guests were greeted with gourmet passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and colorful over-the-top fanciful decorations at the entrance, along with cirque-themed performers, photo booths and face painters which delighted guests as they enjoyed the opportunities to literally join in the party while bidding in the silent auction.
DSM’s premier fundraiser of the year, Curtain Call was an exciting evening of gourmet delights, inspiration, and entertainment! Patrons enjoyed a break from the traditional seated dinner format and were transported to a creative, cirque-influenced dining experience featuring eight vignettes of appetizers and entrees, delicious tastes and bites from a select menu prepared by M Dining at the Music Hall. All the while, performers danced, juggled and amused guests from a multi-tiered stage in the dining room.
Inside the theatre, Suzanne and David were joined by Michael Jenkins and one of the Honorary Chairs Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who sent a special message encouraging everyone to make Fair Park everything it can be. Micki Rawlings is also an Honorary Chair. A special show by the cirque-style performers drew rounds of applause followed by a night cap at the cabaret, dessert, and cigar lounge with dancing to the tunes of W. T. Greer.
This was a wonderful opportunity to indulge in everything patrons love about DSM, musical theatre, and share in the Magic of the Music Hall at Fair Park with closest clients, friends, and family.
Proceeds from Curtain Call support Dallas Summer Musicals’ mission to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas and provide for children’s education and outreach programs.
Sponsor and underwriting support will bring the magic of musical theater to so many children who otherwise would never experience it through programs such as DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Vets, Seats for Kids, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, Kid’s Club, Hear Us Now!™, and the 2016 DSM Community Performance.
Members of the Host Committee are Ruth and Ken Altshuler, Steve Beene, Diane and Hal Brierley, Connie and Denny Carreker, Cindy and Scott Collier, Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth H. Cooper, Kathy and William Cothrum, Mary Lee Cox, Betsy and Guinn Crousen, Barbara and Don Daseke, Elaine and Billy Everitt, Carmaleta and Otis Felton, Jay Fox, Donna and Rick J. W. Graham, Linda and Scott Greer, Cindy and Chuck Gummer, Kay and Jim Hammond, Jennifer and Doug Houser, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Jolie and Bart Humphrey, Caroline Rose Hunt, Linda and Steve Ivy, Doris and Jack Jacobs, Wendy and Michael Jenkins. Milla Perry Jones, Darrell Jordan , Norma and David Little, D’Andra and Jeremy Lock, Cristine Martin, Pat Morgan McEvoy, Gay and Ted Munselle, Lezlie and Bill Noble, Karol Omlor, Jane and Chick Pierce, Gail and William Plummer, Mary and Bob Potter, Holly and Brad Reeves, Billie Leigh Rippey, Capera and Debbie Ryan, Jane and Chick Schoen Karen and Bill Seanor, Dee Simmons, Andy Steingasser, Donna and Herb Weitzman, Debbie and Robert Witte, Laura and Randy Wright.
Sponsors included: J. Baxter Brinkmann and Hilary L. Roberts; Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, David and Jean Dean / Dean International; Haynes and Boone LLP; Steve and Linda Ivy and Friends; Doug and Jennifer Houser and Friends; Randy and Laura Wright. Media sponsors are Modern Luxury Dallas and The Park Cities News/The Waters Family.
Dallas Summer Musicals presenting sponsor is Texas Instruments. Season sponsors are American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8.
For more information on Dallas Summer Musicals and its community outreach and children’s educational programs, call Jim Jenner, Director of Development at 214-413-3961 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on Dallas Summer Musicals visit the website at dallassummermusicals.org.
About Dallas Summer Musicals:
Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony®Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!®; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.
(Sharon Adams, ACPR, represents DSM’s Curtain Call 2016.)