Candlelight and Cat in the Hat

Cabaret Gala treats Dallas Children's Theater fans to surprises and show stoppers

Cabaret Gala treats DCT fans to surprises and show stoppers

Jill Rowlett, DCT’s Cat in the Hat (Brendan Cyrus), Ruth Buzzi, Kent Perkins, Yvonne Crum at Dallas Cabaret
Jill Rowlett, DCT's Cat in the Hat (Brendan Cyrus), Ruth Buzzi, Kent Perkins, Yvonne Crum Photo by Danny Campbell
Don Miller, Carole J. Bufford (Cabaret Star), Martha Wyly Miller
Don Miller, Carole J. Bufford, Martha Wyly Miller Photo by Danny Campbell
John R. Clutts, Marisa Huckin  at Dallas Cabaret
John R. Clutts, Marisa Huckin Photo by Danny Campbell
Maggie Kipp, Lauren Mathews at Dallas Cabaret
Maggie Kipp, Lauren Mathews Photo by Danny Campbell
Karen & Ken Travis, Tara Lewis at Dallas Cabaret
Karen Travis, Ken Travis, Tara Lewis Photo by Danny Campbell
Diana & Steve Stennett at Dallas Cabaret
Diana Stennett, Steve Stennett Photo by Danny Campbell
Sandra Session-Robertson, Bonnie MacEslin, Linda Lehman, Georgiana Shelokov, Ann Dethrow, Arlene Sachs
Sandra Session-Robertson, Bonnie MacEslin, Linda Lehman, Georgiana Shelokov, Ann Dethrow, Arlene Sachs Photo by Danny Campbell
Dave & Pamela Work, Michelle & Stacy Godo, Wendy & Mike Gibson
Dave Work, Pamela Work, Michelle Godo, Stacy Godo, Wendy Gibson, Mike Gibson Photo by Danny Campbell
Oliver Ham, Katie O’Toole at Dallas Cabaret
Oliver Ham, Katie O'Toole Photo by Danny Campbell
Suki Jarzemsky, Ben Jones at Dallas Cabaret
Suki Jarzemsky, Ben Jones Photo by Danny Campbell
Veena & Paul Puri at Dallas Cabaret
Veena Puri, Paul Puri Photo by Danny Campbell
Peggy Wang, Mar Howard at Dallas Cabaret Gala
Peggy Wang, Mar Howard Photo by Danny Campbell
Artie Olaisen (Producer), Barbara Brice at Cabaret Gala
Artie Olaisen, Barbara Brice Photo by Danny Campbell
Joan Becker, Emily Jefferson at Dallas Cabaret
Joan Becker, Emily Jefferson Photo by Danny Campbell
Jill Rowlett, DCT’s Cat in the Hat (Brendan Cyrus), Ruth Buzzi, Kent Perkins, Yvonne Crum at Dallas Cabaret
Don Miller, Carole J. Bufford (Cabaret Star), Martha Wyly Miller
John R. Clutts, Marisa Huckin  at Dallas Cabaret
Maggie Kipp, Lauren Mathews at Dallas Cabaret
Karen & Ken Travis, Tara Lewis at Dallas Cabaret
Diana & Steve Stennett at Dallas Cabaret
Sandra Session-Robertson, Bonnie MacEslin, Linda Lehman, Georgiana Shelokov, Ann Dethrow, Arlene Sachs
Dave & Pamela Work, Michelle & Stacy Godo, Wendy & Mike Gibson
Oliver Ham, Katie O’Toole at Dallas Cabaret
Suki Jarzemsky, Ben Jones at Dallas Cabaret
Veena & Paul Puri at Dallas Cabaret
Peggy Wang, Mar Howard at Dallas Cabaret Gala
Artie Olaisen (Producer), Barbara Brice at Cabaret Gala
Joan Becker, Emily Jefferson at Dallas Cabaret

Dallas Children’s Theater presented its glamorous 21st annual Cabaret Gala at the Fairmont Dallas to celebrate the transformational experience of theater and its effect on the lives of young people in our community.

During pre-show cocktails, a surprise visitor arrived that quickly reminded attendees what organization they were gathered to celebrate: Cat in the Hat, from the iconic, critically acclaimed show now playing at DCT’s Rosewood Center for Family Arts. And that was only the start of the excitement.

The intimate, candlelit Venetian Room was an apropos setting to experience one of New York City's leading cabaret performers, Carole J. Bufford. The New York Times describes her as "sizzling, dangerous and funny." Making her Dallas debut, this young, sexy chanteuse was a true show stopper.

Along with the impressive performance from the 2013 New York Nightlife Award winner, the raffle was a hit with supporters. Emily Jefferson walked away with an amazing prize package: a trip for two to New York City with air transportation, deluxe accommodations at The Carlyle, and two tickets to the smash Broadway show Kinky Boots starring Dallas’ own Stark Sands.

Leading the charge as gala co-chairs were community treasures Yvonne Crum and Marisa Huckin, who welcomed supporters such as Don Miller, Martha Wyly Miller, Maggie Kipp, Lauren Mathews, Karen and Ken Travis, Valerie and Lewis McMahan, Andy Smith, Paul Von Wupperfeld, Pamela and Dave Work, Diana and Steve Stennett, and Wendy and Mike Gibson.

The mission of the Dallas Children's Theater is to inspire young people to live creative and productive lives through the art of theater.