Written by Staff
By Jessie Burke
Lyric Stage members gathered for a Gala to celebrate twenty years of high quality local entertainment on March 21. The Irving Convention center’s ballroom was full of joy as guests reminisced over past productions and enjoyed dinner and live entertainment by Lyric favorites as well as a silent and live auction.
Founded by producer Steven Jones, Lyric Stage offers the people of Dallas County an opportunity to experience high quality, Broadway-style shows locally, the kind that one would normally have to travel to large cities to see.
Katherine Christy, from The Arts Community Alliance (TACA), says Lyric is one of her favorite area theatres. One of the things that makes Lyric Stage different is that every show is accompanied by a full orchestra
“As a musician myself, that really stands out to me, it’s not something you always see,” Christy said.
As well as celebrating the success of the Lyric, the gala was used as an opportunity to celebrate someone else: Ralph and Joan Ellis, who have been long time donors to the theatre, were presented with the first, and only Lyric Stage Spotlight Award. After accepting the award to a standing ovation, always humble, Ralph Ellis turned the thanks back upon the theatre.
“I’ve seen plays all over the world, New York, Dallas, even Bejing, China once, and there is no way you can see or hear anything like you can see and hear right here in Irving,” Ellis said. “This award should be given to those people who have made this theatre go. It’s a great culmination of work, and Joan and I are so happy to have been a part of it.”