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Part Project Runway, part Smash, Stages' black-tie gala is a study in theatrical costuming

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With sewing machines whirring in the corners, a blonde starlett warbling in the spotlight and a cadre of costumed partygoers sashaying through the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel, Stages Repertory Theatre's Saturday night bash delivered a wealth of theatrical entertainment. 

Co-chairs Jerri Moore and Neal Hamil oversaw "The Costume Ball," for which guests dressed in their best black-tie with a few channeling characters ranging from Louis XIV to Diana Ross to gypsies.

Stages producing artistic director Kenn McLaughlin, dressed for a Star Trek turn, emceed the cabaret-style evening that included serenades a la Smash by Holland Vavra-Peters and a costume contest in which three theatrical designers whipped up a costume on site (think Project Runway) for three handpicked guests and created wondrous gowns for special guests. Costume designer Tiffani Fuller won for her gown worn by Cabrina Owsley, besting Andrew Cloud and Macy Peronne.

The evening honored long-standing Stages board member Joanna Handel, who has served on the board in various capacities since 1992. In addition to her husband Stephen Handel and their children, the Tootsies team turned out in force to support the valued member of the retail family. Mickey Rosmarin, Craig Lidji, Shelley Ludwick and Fady Armonious led the Tootsies cheering squad.

Making sure that plenty of funds were raised for the theater on this night were auction chairs Libby Cagle, George Lancaster and Tara Simon.

The merrymakers included Beth Muecke and Becky Allen, who along with Libby and Jerri Moore, wore designs by the gala chair. The party crowd included Jim Moore, John and Becca Cason Thrash (a vision in rose-colored Alexander McQueen gown and wrap), Cindy Langham, Thomas Paul, Steven Owsley, Sally and Philip Edmundson, Jonathan Luke, Nixon Wheat, Gregory Fourticq, Vicki Rizzo, Alton LaDay and Jonathan Glus, Enid Sanchez and Edward Sanchez.

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