StageOne’s Playmakers Gala

As told by StageOne Marketing Director Whitney Adkins

Jason and Libby Milligan, Debbie and Steve Hudson, Laura and Nick Chitwood and Leslie and Travis Wood.

What to Expect

StageOne’s Playmakers Gala is unique in that it is truly a family-friendly event. Guests will be among the first to experience the world premiere of “American Tales: John Henry, Pecos Bill, & Brer Rabbit,” as a family with a special performance. We’ll also be introducing our new producing artistic director at 5 p.m. in the Bomhard Theatre at The Kentucky Center.

Guests will then head over to the Muhammad Ali Center for dinner, drinks, a silent auction and raffle drawing for our Ultimate Broadway Getaway. Our young guests will be treated to a special kids-only pizza dinner and an evening of theater games led by StageOne’s education team. 

As for the Ultimate Broadway Getaway raffle, the lucky winner and three guests will receive round-trip airfare to New York City, hotel accommodations, Broadway tickets to a show of their choice (choose from “Aladdin,” “Anastasia,” “School of Rock,” “The Lion King,” or “Frozen” or “Hamilton” for an additional fee), dinner with cast members and a special meet-and-greet after the show. Tickets are still available but going fast – only 1,000 chances will be sold. Tickets can be purchased at You don’t have to be present for the drawing to win, but why would you want to miss out on all the fun?

Who it Benefits

At StageOne, our mission is to inspire and educate children and families by opening the doors to imagination, opportunity and empathy. All gifts made in support of this event directly benefit StageOne’s Play it Forward program, which allows tens of thousands of children to see a StageOne show at no ticket cost. Support from our Gala and Gala guests gives these children the benefit of live theatre, an experience they might never have without Play It Forward.

Since 2010, StageOne’s Play it Forward ticket underwriting program has provided access to StageOne student matinees at no ticket cost to students from Louisville and the surrounding area. As the program continues, we welcome more students from more grades than ever before, and the support of our patrons and members of the community is crucial to the program’s success.

About the Show

We close out our 71st season with the world premiere of “American Tales,” by Idris Goodwin (also author of “And In This Corner…Cassius Clay.”) Join in the adventures of John Henry and his steel-driving hammer, twister-lassoing Pecos Bill and the mischievous trickster Brer Rabbit. “American Tales” will resonate with the adventurous spirit within every child when it premieres on March 24 at the Playmakers Gala. Performances will continue through April 14. Tickets and more information can be found at VT

What to Bid On

You can start bidding now using the Bidr app or wait until the Gala to cast your bids. Of the more than 70 items available, a few highlights include:

Concert tickets and a meet and greet with the Backstreet Boys at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas (airfare and lodging not included)

Two tickets to Brett Eldridge’s April 19 concert at the Louisville Palace

A round of golf for four at Valhalla

Forecastle weekend passes

A night at the races at Churchill Downs

A condo for eight in Mexico

Passes to Bourbon and Beyond

A wine tasting and private party for eight at Elk Creek Winery

Eight laser hair removal sessions at Corbett Cosmetic

Playmakers Gala

5 p.m. March 24

The Kentucky Center and the Muhammad Ali Center