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Civic marks milestone with gala

Song, dance and memories slated for Thursday event

News Arts Writer

Every anniversary needs a party, and Ann Arbor Civic is no exception.

The milestone will be marked with a gala event Thursday night at Towsley Auditorium on the campus of Washtenaw Community College. Past and present Civic Theatre members will join theater lovers, business supporters and city officials to enjoy an evening of drama, song, dance, history and memories.

The gala will begin with a preshow champagne reception, followed by a production directed by Civic veteran Glenn Bugala that will showcase scenes and songs from best of A2CT’s 450-plus musicals and straight plays of the past 75 years, woven together by Civic member Kurt Waugh.

Among the core performers is Phyllis Wright, who will offer a role she first performed for Civic in 1947.

In addition, long-time A2CT member Ted Heusel will be honored with an award for his achievements and contributions in directing and performing in A2CT productions for the past 50-plus years.

Attendees will enjoy a postshow dessert reception, where they will have the opportunity to mingle with community members and take a look at the theater’s extensive display of memorabilia, including photos, posters, signed playbills and awards.

Mann said black tie is optional for the gala. “Our members love to put on the ritz. And it’s going to be fun. We know how to throw a party.”

The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre gala is at 8 p.m. Thursday in Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College campus, 4800 E.Huron River Drive. Program followed by a dessert reception. Tickets: $25 (tax-deductible VIP tickets, including reserved seats and 7 p.m. champagne reception, $75). Information and reservations: (734)971-2228.