Imagination Stage Gala: Stories Make the World Go ‘Round

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Co-Chairs Susan Lacz and Jane Fairweather

All the world may be a stage, but what’s the story?  Jane Fairweather and Susan Lacz co-chairs of the 2013 Imagination Stage Gala would tell you that the story is the experience of connecting individuals with one another.  And it was the power of this storytelling that made Saturday’s Stories Make the World Go ‘Round event so successful.

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Constance Morella with Hamid Fallahi

What started as a typical DC charity event with cocktails and a silent auction soon gave way to an original performance by Imagination Stage students and professional actors, where attendees feasted on creative arts… before tucking into a Ridgewells catered buffet!   The performance included characters from Imagination Stage’s 2013-2014 season, like Lyle the Crocodile and Cinderella.

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Constance Morella with Judith Viorst

Highlights of the evening included honoring Judith Viorst (a local author perhaps best known worldwide for her picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) with the Imagination Award following the performance… and the night’s live auction raising more than $100,000 for Imagination Stage’s Learning Through Theatre initiative — a partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools to bring more than 3,000 third grade Title 1 students to to the theatre for an arts-based curriculum and a chance to use and develop their creative skills.

*Images provided courtesy of Imagination Stage