On Saturday, September 14 slightly over a hundred CST Subscribers attended the Free Season Preview Party held at 7 PM. The evening's food was provided by Bon Femme, Custom Cookies 4 U, Restaurante Don Quijote, El Salto's, Martinis, Pikk's Tavern, South Bend Chocolate Company, and Tommy B's Steak, Seafood & Sushi.
This was the fifth year that Chicago Street has hosted this event to showcase the exciting line up of shows for the 2013/14 season and allow patrons to sample food experiences from a number of the Dining Partners who will be working with the theatre. The cash bar for the event was courtesy of Martinis and featured beer and wine.
Prior to the show, guests mingled with CST staff and volunteers. Some brave patrons took part in this year's "Find the Exclamation Mark" in the season paintings for a chance to win a CST insulated wine tote. As an incentive, for purchasing their season Flex Pass, subscribers were placed in a drawing one of two prizes. Season Subscriber Anne Sefcik won an original "Be There" cover painting by CST Illustrator Eric Brant and Alexandra Santos won a $50 gift card to Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Josette Lott became the first monthly winner of our "SHOW" Me the Money $5,000 Raffle. $50 winners for this year's biggest fund raising effort will be draw on the fifteenth of each month leading up to the Grand Prize Drawing for $5,000 during the CST Vegas Night being held on Saturday, February 22, 2015.
The audience was treated to excerpts of scenes from the 59th season featuring Tim Gleason, Mike Hite, KariAnne Innes, Kat Lutze and David Pera. The program was directed by CST's Education Director Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano with narration, once again, created by Nancy Haller and Karl Berner. Box Office Manager, Mike Hite took the stage for the first time in ten years to deliver one of the monologues from The Santaland Diaries.
Several of those attending the event purchased their season passes at the eventbased on the material they had seen in the excerpts. Overall it was an enjoyable evening that allowed CST to celebrate the coming season and the patrons who make it all possible.