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Marie Antoinette inspires evening of wicked fun with big wigs, fancy dress and real royalty

Marie Antoinette soiree inspires wicked fun with big wigs and royalty

111 Philippe Schmit and Magan M. Hunt at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Philippe Schmit and Magan M. Hunt. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
50 Fady Armanious, left, and Sergio Morales at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Fady Armanious, left, and Sergio Morales. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
28 Sergio Morales and Vivian Wise at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Sergio Morales and Vivian Wise. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
99 George Lancaster, left, and Cam Springer at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
George Lancaster, left, and Cam Springer. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
104 Kate McConnico, from left, with Jim and Judy Nicklos at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Kate McConnico, from left, with Jim and Judy Nicklos. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
122 Mauri Oliver and Mark Ivy at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Mauri Oliver and Mark Ivy. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
127 Rae Fairfield and Aymeric Martinoia at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Rae Fairfield and Aymeric Martinoia. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
137 David Peck and Vicki Rizzo at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
David Peck and Vicki Rizzo. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
157 Ann Haugen, from left, Audrey Oliver, Host Amy McGee and Kelly Gartner at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Ann Haugen, from left, Audrey Oliver, Amy McGee and Kelly Gartner. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
107 John Thrash, from left, with Sally and Philip Edmundson at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
John Thrash, from left, with Sally and Philip Edmundson. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
21 Princess Tatiana Galitzine, from left, Joanne King Herring, Duchess Catherine de Gramont and John Moore Jones
Princess Tatiana Galitzine, from left, Joanne King Herring, Duchess Catherine de Gramont and John Moore Jones. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
70 Michael Pearce, from left, Magan M. Hunt and Matt Burrus at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Michael Pearce, from left, Magan M. Hunt and Matt Burrus. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
13 Ray Messer, from left, Elaine Messer and Kenn McLaughlin at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Ray Messer, from left, Elaine Messer and Kenn McLaughlin. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
53 Nixon Wheat, left, and Wes Robbins at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Nixon Wheat, left, and Wes Robbins. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
163 Audrey Oliver at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
Audrey Oliver. Photo by © Asem Sheshtawy/PWL Studio
111 Philippe Schmit and Magan M. Hunt at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
50 Fady Armanious, left, and Sergio Morales at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
28 Sergio Morales and Vivian Wise at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
99 George Lancaster, left, and Cam Springer at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
104 Kate McConnico, from left, with Jim and Judy Nicklos at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
122 Mauri Oliver and Mark Ivy at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
127 Rae Fairfield and Aymeric Martinoia at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
137 David Peck and Vicki Rizzo at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
157 Ann Haugen, from left, Audrey Oliver, Host Amy McGee and Kelly Gartner at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
107 John Thrash, from left, with Sally and Philip Edmundson at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
21 Princess Tatiana Galitzine, from left, Joanne King Herring, Duchess Catherine de Gramont and John Moore Jones
70 Michael Pearce, from left, Magan M. Hunt and Matt Burrus at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
13 Ray Messer, from left, Elaine Messer and Kenn McLaughlin at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
53 Nixon Wheat, left, and Wes Robbins at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014
163 Audrey Oliver at the Stages Repertory Theatre Soiree Marie October 2014

Marie Antoinette's champagne — Piper-Heidsieck —flowed. The royals (real ones) showed up. Wigs were a fashion must. Yep, Stages Repertory Theatre knows how to party and party they did in the posh Upper Kirby club Crimson in celebration of the current production of Marie Antoinette.

For starters, event chair Magan M. Hunt channeled the "Let them eat cake" queen in an opulent Versailles-inspired gown, created by costume designer Jennifer Jo Leva. To complete the fantasy, Houston Jewelry provided Hunt with a replica of the Hope Diamond (remember that curse that supposedly resulted in the lady losing her head) as well as lavish rings and pave diamond earrings.

"Enough bling to make any lady feel like a queen," Hunt noted.

Vying with Hunt for most costumed femme was host committee member Vivian Wise, who donned a 3-foot high pink wig, adorned with gilded ribbons and butterflies, created for the occasion by Ceron. Fady Armanious and Michael Pearce contributed to the party fun by wearing playful white wigs.

Topping the royalty scene was Houston grand dame Joanne King Herring, also on the host committee, who brought along a handful of titled blue bloods. In her regal posse were Archduchess of Austria Maria-Anna Galitzine and Russian Prince Piotr Galitzine and their daughter, Princess Tatiana Galitzine, and French Duchess Catherine du Gramont. No bowing necessary.

Host committee members John Thrash, David Peck and chef Philippe Schmit mixed in the gathering where Stages producing artistic director Kenn McLaughlin held court, so to speak.

Among those joining the party and supping on light bites from Brasserie 19 were Houston Jewelry's Maggie and Rex Solomon, George Lancaster, Sally and Philip Edmundson, Nixon Wheat, Vicki Rizzo, Mauri Oliver, Kate McConnico, Judy and Jim Nicklos, Matt Burrus and Elaine and Ray Messer.

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