The Mystic Krewe of Achilles staged its 62nd annual Carnival ball on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Raising Cane’s River Center with a tableau of the krewe's history from 1957, the year of Achilles’ first ball.
Members of the all-male krewe and their wives, kept secret until show time, played various characters of theater, movies and music during the tableau. Many members of the tableau were sons and daughters of past kings, queens and krewe.
The evening’s festivities commenced with the entrance march of the Men of Achilles, followed by the 2017 royalty and tableau.
Presiding over the ball were King Achilles LXII Julius Mullens and Queen Achilles LXII Laurie Lipsey Aronson in attire designed by Dee Keller Designs.
Pages to the king were his granddaughters, Margret Wesley Mullins, Jane Garland Mullins and Lillie Kathryn Rowan.
Pages to the queen were her cousins, Juliet Haspel and Miles Haspel.
Ball Captain Otey White opened the evening with Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock."
In the tableau were Lauren Barksdale Hill as Madonna; Drew Eversberg as "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective"; Lauren Eglin as The Flower Power Girl; Dr. Geoffrey Peters as Marty McFly from "Back to the Future"; Dr. Scott Gardiner doing “Kung Fu Fighting” and as "Funky Music"; Becky Davis as Gloria Gaynor in her "I Will Survive" disco mode and as Grace Slick; Tommy Savoie as a member of the LSU Golden Band from Tigerland; Dr. Patrick Hall as "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off"; Julie Nachman as Venus, goddess of love; Melissa Schultz Trascher as “Clueless” and Tom Clark as The Hippie who wants peace and love.
Officers for 2017-2018 are Kirk A. Patrick III, president; James R. Purgerson Jr., treasurer; Ryan E. Whittington, vice president; John B. Davis, secretary; C. Conrad “Rad” Trascher IV, tableau director; Benjamin N. Graham, assistant tableau director; John Ross Buzzell, head committeeman, and Otey White, past president.
The Emerald City Band, of Dallas, played for the dancing at the ball.
The tableau was directed by Keith Dixon and choreographed by Teresa Whitaker and Lauren Regner. Make up for the tableau was provided by Christopher Spenser and Alexandra Whitehead, of Air Salon and Blow Dry Bar, and hair/wig prep was provided by Russell White, of Avallon Salon.