The Friends of Niagara University Theatre Host 28th Annual Gala

April 27, 2013
The Leary Theatre, NU Campus, and the Niagara Falls Country Club, Lewiston, NY

On April 27, the Friends of Niagara University Theatre will host the 28th annual Friends of Niagara University Theatre Gala including a 4 p.m. production of Into the Woods at the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall.

Niagara University Theatre will present the Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine fairytale musical from April 18 through April 28. Associate professor Doug Zschiegner will direct the production, while associate professor Terri Filips Vaughan is choreographer and music adjunct Randy Andropolis will provide musical direction. The production premiered on Broadway in 1987, and most recently received critical acclaim at New York’s Central Park this past summer.

On the day of the gala, the musical matinee will be followed by a cocktail reception, dinner and silent and live auction at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston. Auction items include gift certificates to area stores, restaurants and businesses, paintings, entertainment and sports-related memorabilia, gift baskets and much more.

Dr. Nancy McGlen and her husband, Joseph Gadawski of Grand Island are this year’s honorary gala chairs. Dr. McGlen is dean of NU’s College of Arts and Sciences and Joseph Gadawski is retired from his position as the vice president of Clark Container, formerly a Division of Mark IV Industries. Long-time supporters of NU Theatre, the honorary chairs are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide leadership for this important fundraiser.

Auction committee co-chairs include Friends board members Maria Arena of Clarence, Pamela LeCuyer of Getzville, Lori Presti of Youngstown, and Adair M. Saviola of Buffalo. Mrs. Arena is board secretary and decorations chair of the event, and Ms. Saviola is board president. Dinner committee chair is Friends’ board vice president, Russell Papia, of Williamsville.

Funds raised from the annual gala will benefit the theater program and its students, from needed theater equipment and supplies to workshops and mentoring by guest artists with such professional credits as the Broadway stage, television shows and films. Tickets for the Gala are $150 per person. For more information about the gala, please contact Ann Heuer, office and media coordinator, at 716.286.8480.