The Concord City Auditorium celebrates its 115th year as the home of community-based A&E on Sunday, September 15, as the curtain goes up for the Season-Opening GALA .
The Friends of The Audi proudly present this special event for the 29th time since 1991 when they formed and rallied to save the municipal stage, "icing the cake" with a gala citywide party. The GALA starts at 6pm with a community party, an old-time family event outside the historic theatre.
Party goers will visit displays set up by local artists and art groups, enjoy the delicious ice cream social served by Kaitlyn Witts, the new owner of Arnie's of Loudon Road, and climb aboard a Concord Coach provided by the Abbot-Downing Historical Society.
At 7pm the party moves into the theatre for the GALA Variety Show, as the city's own 2019-2020 entertainment season opens with a sparkling 90-minute preview of the coming attractions -- music, plays, films, lectures, comedy, and dance. Performances include dancers from Dancesteps, Etc., Miss Capital Area Scholarship Program, Concord Dance Academy, Rhythm of the Night, and Eastern Ballet Institute. The Community Players of Concord preview the Children's Theatre Project in Disney's Frozen Jr. and the fall musical production, Sweet Charity. Special musical numbers include
the Concord Coachmen Barbershop Chorus and the Emcee, Eric Skoglund, helping to "Teach the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony" as the audience joins in a preview of the sounds promised by Concord Community Concert's presentation of 140 voices in three choruses: NH Master Chorale, NH Gay Men's Chorus, and the Suncook Valley Chorale. The finale piece features members of Studio Two, the exciting Beatles Tribute Band which opens the Walker Lecture Fund's 123rd season on Friday, September 20. The Audi opens its doors to the public over 100 times every season, and the GALA is Event Number One!
The GALA Raffle, a popular feature of the annual season-opening party with $3,000 in prizes, awards 10 mugs filled with show tickets and restaurant gift certificates, thanks to the local presenting groups and to restaurants including Barley House, CC Tomatoes, Common Man, Flying Monkey, 99 Restaurant, Longhorn Steakhouse, Margaritas, O Steak and Seafood, and Szechuan Garden. All raffle proceeds go toward the Friends of the Audi's Curtain Replacement Project, a continuing effort to upgrade the black stage and surrounding velvet curtains in the historic theatre.
The GALA is free, all thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Walker Lecture Fund and Charter Trust Company, and to the volunteer cast and crew. There is general seating and no tickets. Everyone is welcome just to come and enjoy the excitement of raising the curtain on a new season of Concord's own A&E performances and traditions.