With its spanking new lobby and fresh red carpet ready for the holiday season, the Alley Theatre continues its tradition of filling the lobby with whimsical Christmas trees. This year, 25 designer-dressed faux firs are on display.
The reveal and tree lighting was celebrated at the annual "Deck the Trees" cocktail reception prior to opening night of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas. Sponsors underwrite the cost of the seasonal decor for which local designers volunteer their time to whoop it up Santa style. The trees will be on display through January 3, 2016, during the run of the holiday performances.
Among participating decorators were Fronnie Valencia, Timothy Long of Pinot's Palette, Cindy McClimans Huey of Petal Oragnic Landscaping, Pat Mendez of Ryan's Holiday Decor and Deborah Watts of True Vines Inc.
In its nine-year history, the event has generated more than $535,000. Peter A. Ragauss chaired the recent gathering of guests, sponsors, designers and Alley patrons who toasted in the holidays before taking their seats in the theater for the time-honored play.
Getting a first look at the glowing trees were Alley managing director Dean Gladden, Jennifer Smith, Courtney and Bill Toomey, Barbara and Tom Gros, Sooze and Tony Cisneros, Laura Bellows and Jack Pendergrast, Anne Mundy, Timothy Long and Nancy and Doug Fuhrman.