Parades and high drama bookended last week's social agenda.
'Roles I'll Never Play'
Theatre Baton Rouge turned the tables for its annual Summer Auction Gala July 8. In its "Roles I'll Never Play" cabaret, the guys took on the roles of the fairer sex and the gals tackled the roles of leading men. The father/daughter teams of Molly Beth and Brad Blanchard, Molly Kate and Jeremy Skupien and Grace and Bill Martin brought down the house with their performance of "Mama I'm a Big Girl Now." Giving them a run for their money were the performances of Thomas Jackson and Tony Collins in "What You Don't Know About Women" from "City of Angels," and Brooke Bell, Caroline Feduccia and Ashley Stevens harmonizing in "High Adventure" from "Aladdin."
The finale was a chorus line routine featuring Collins, Jackson, Joe Carleton, Clay Donaldson, Brandon Guillory, Kevin Harger, Knick Moore, Jeremy Skupien, Austin Ventura, Jacob Voisin, Zac Thriffiley and Jack Lambert, who emceed the evening along with Kurt Hauschild.
Katie Stockton Potts served as musical director for the performance, Terry Byars provided accompaniment and Haley Schroeck, Haley Westphal and Collins did the choreography.
The skyline of downtown Baton Rouge is changing again. A topping-out ceremony was held July 6 for the new Downtown Library, located adjacent to the North Boulevard Town Square. Joining library Director Spencer Watts in the celebration were Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, former Mayor Kip Holden, Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker, Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer, representatives of the architectural firm and construction company and members of the EBR Library Board.
Rhorer called the library the "centerpiece of the North Boulevard Town Square area," adding that its completion "will only add to the growing appeal of living downtown." Broome thanked the library board for its vision and dedication to literacy.
Among the items put inside a time capsule was a letter from the mayor, this year's One Book One Community selection, the architect's rendering of the structure, a button and pin celebrating Baton Rouge's Bicentennial and Electronic Art's latest "Madden" video game in recognition of the company's generous technology donation to the library.
'Living in America'
One of the perks of my neighborhood is the Kenilworth Civic Association's annual Independence Day Parade, which rolls the evening of July 3 and passes right in front of my house. It's a great celebration that grows a little bigger every year, although I must say with no major elections on the horizon, the number of politicians was lower that usual.
That said, it was the first Kenilworth parade for Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, who was accompanied by husband Marvin. They were riding in the convertible behind this year's Residents of the Year, Helen and Dudley Fricke, and Grand Marshal Mike Manning, CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
Parading group winners included: Cub Scout Pack 103, Best Float; Kenilworth Swim Team, Best Group; Secretary Mike Strain and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, Best Individual; Cub Scout Pack 50, Most Patriotic; Kenilworth All-Star Kazoo Marching Band, Most Original; the Jeep/4x4 groups, Judge's Choice; and Girl Scouts, Best Fits the Theme, which was "Living in America."
Ladies & Cocktails
In between all this fun, I joined a fun bunch of ladies for cocktails at the City Club to toast local choreographer Kris Cangelosi. The informal get-together was hosted by Lynn Spears (yes, Britney's mom), Melanie Hebert and Jill Prescott. As women are wont to do when we get together, we shared info on Kris' favorite topic, dancing, along with how to battle wrinkles and, specifically for a very pregnant Melanie, all things dealing with babies.