Joyce M. Johnson
Tony Award-winning actor and director Michael Rupert was the headliner at a fundraising gala at Weathervane Playhouse Saturday evening for its ‘‘I Love Weathervane Playhouse’’ benefit.
Rupert performed the highlight number Blood in the Water from his most recent Broadway show, Legally Blonde, in honor of the honorary chair, Thomas Trotter. All proceeds from the event will support Weathervane’s operating fund.
Youth theater students Anna Clawson, Sarah Craven, Christopher Ha, Wilson Ha, Theodore Mansfield and Alexis Robles performed The Wild Goose Chase from the musical Honk!.
Parents Cindy and James Ha brought along their 10-year-old son, Casey, to watch 15-year-old Christopher perform in the musical version of The Ugly Duckling. Sharon Alberson provided musical direction and Sarah Bailey choreographed and directed the performance.
Kathy Kohl liked the entertainment as well as the live auction. Alyce and Chuck Altwies had the winning bid last year for a one-week condo stay at a North Carolina beach and wanted to try again this year.
Bunny Lacey said, “I like the close parking space and will bid on it again.”
Spotted in the crowd were Mike Karder, and Jim and Charlotte Horvath, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, Richard Worswick, Michael Gaffney, Keith Campbell, Lisa and Eric Mansfield, Marian and Jim Maulis, and Colin Baker.
Jeff Bixby volunteered his services serving up drinks to attendees and Lucy Randles held a “Morkie” puppy to guests who might be interested in the Maltese-Yorkie combination.
Hudson residents Bill and Mary Ellen Carroll were attending for the first time. Frank Comunale served as the 2013 gala committee event chair.
Executive Director John Hedges said, “This is a year-round volunteer-based group and it’s theater for all ages.”
Scott Diese from Latent Image Photography took pictures of guests as they arrived.