In early November, local theater company STAGES St. Louis celebrated 35 years with its annual gala at the new Kirkwood Performing Arts Center. The evening featured a cocktail hour, a dinner program, multiple auctions, a restaurant card raffle and culminated with a performance by Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel.
Event organizers asked guests to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result to attend the gala.
“Applause 2021 was a true celebration of all things STAGES!” associate producer Andrew Kuhlman says. “To see a room of our greatest supporters gathered together to celebrate 35 years of musical theatre magic and a return to live theatre was something that none of us will ever forget.”