|Founders Kiel, Cassandra, Penny and Ron Klaphake|
Arizona Broadway Theatre celebrated its 10-year anniversary in the Valley on November 4, exactly 10 years from the professional performing arts organization’s founding.
Paying homage to its first shows performed in a tent at the Peoria Sports Complex, the festivities included an outdoor cocktail hour complete with a chandelier-and-light-adorned white tent with a live band. Inside the theatre, guests were treated to fine dining by executive chef Jon Mortimer, memorabilia from each season displayed museum-style and live-and-video entertainment from current and past ABT alum. Co-founder and artistic producer Cassandra Norville Klaphake also provided a special youth performance featuring one of her vocal students, Madison Cichon.
“This organization is no single person,” said Klaphake. “As a community we are a family, and together we have all set the foundation for growth at ABT. That collaboration has been, and will continue to be, the key to sustaining this theatre as a leading producer of performing arts in Arizona.”
The Valley’s arts-minded donors and supporters, including those who have been supporting the theatre since day one as subscribers, attended the event. Also in attendance were fellow founders Ron and Penny Klaphake, plus performers and staff that have been involved with the organization since its inception.
|the cast of ABT's West Side Story|
|Madison Chicon sings during a display of ABT's outreach efforts|
|Founders Cassandra, Penny, Kiel and Ron Klaphake wiith ABT staff|
Photos: Arizona Broadway Theatre / MikeBPhoto.net