Who doesnâ€™t like a good lobster dinner? Well, if you come to Actors Theatreâ€™s 14th annual Lobster Feast fundraiser, you can have a good meal and support one of Louisvilleâ€™s greatest arts institutions. The Voice-Tribune sat down with Liz Magee over at Actors to get you all the details.
What is Lobster Feast?
Now in itâ€™s 14th year, Lobster Feast is Actors Theatreâ€™s annual â€œall you can eatâ€ lobster dinner fundraiser. This year, the festivities will take place at Louisville Marriott Downtown (280 W. Jefferson St.) at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 6. We want to host a unique event, something that is fun for our guests and makes us forget the cold winter days outside. Itâ€™s always taken a different theme, but itâ€™s always been a casual costumed event and has become known as one of the best parties in town. The theme of the event this year, â€œLobster Feast 2016: Happily Ever Actors,â€ encourages guests to come dressed as their favorite childhood storybook or fairytale character. Guests are also welcome to come in casual attire.
What can guests expect at the event?
This year, guests will be invited to grab a cocktail and mingle with friends in the Enchanted Forest, relax or play carpet croquet in the Rabbit Hole Lounge, bid on incredible one-of-a-kind silent auction packages and boogie in the Beanstalk Ballroom all in support of Actors Theatre of Louisville. In addition to over 1,000 lobsters, we will be serving traditional accompaniments on the buffet and amazing desserts, and our presenting sponsor, Tequila Herradura, has imagined some really delicious signature cocktails for us to enjoy!
Why is the event important for Actors?
Lobster Feast is Actors Theatre of Louisvilleâ€™s largest fundraiser of the year. We raise money year-round through individual donations and sponsorships, but this is the one event that we host every year. Most people donâ€™t realize that ticket sales contribute to only 40 percent of our annual revenue.
How has the event grown over the years?
Every year, we strive to bring more of the true Actors Theatre experience to the event. This year, you will be blown away by the creative and artistic talent of our theatre. The decor and live program are going to be fabulous!
What are some of the packages included this year for the live auction?
We have some amazing prizes, including a trip to the Mayan Riviera, Wimbledon tickets with three nights stay in London and a Coast of Maine tour. We also have exciting opportunities to dine with local chefs such as Bobby Benjamin of Butchertown Grocery and Gina Stipo of At The Italian Table as well as world famous Chef Leon Galatoire. Something you wonâ€™t find at any other auction â€“ a trip to join the opening celebration of â€œFor Peter Pan on her 70th Birthdayâ€ at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Not only will you enjoy the show and cast party celebration but you will be invited to brunch with Artistic Director Les Waters the next day at Chez Panisse CafÃ© in Berkeley.
Is it too late to get tickets?
Itâ€™s not too late to secure a table or tickets to Lobster Feast. Tickets are priced at $300 per person, $3,000 for a table of 10 and $5,000 for a VIP table for 10 in the Inner Circle with added benefits. Please make your reservation by contacting Liz Magee at 502.584.1265 ext. 3085 or LMagee@actorstheatre.org. You can also preview our silent auction online and start bidding early by going to bidpal.net/actorstheatre. VT