Dallas — Gideon's Feet, a fantastic local organization which assists theater artists in times of crisis, is having its annual Sugar Cookie Gala at Dallas Children's Theater. This year the headliners are actor Kyle Igneczi, who won raves in Uptown Players' Hedwig and the Angry Inch in August, and musical director Adam Wright.
The event is 7-9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. Admission is $20 at the door (or $10-$15 for early purchase).
You can read all about the event and scoring tickets in the news release:
Gideon’s Feet kicks off the 2015 holiday season with the 5th Annual Sugar Cookie Gala, 7-9:30pm on Monday, Dec. 7 at the Rosewood Center For The Arts. Sponsored by the Dallas Children’s Theater, this family-friendly and fun evening raises funds to support the organization’s primary mission: providing financial assistance for Dallas/ Fort Worth theatrical artists in times of unforeseen crisis.
Fresh from his critically hailed performance as Hedwig in Uptown Players’ smash hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kyle Igneczi leads the festivities, accompanied by the inimitable piano stylings of DFW Music Director and past Gideon’s Feet beneficiary Adam Wright to headline the event.
Their music creates a warm, elegantly casual atmosphere in which revelers decorate their own special Sugar Cookies and enjoy bidding in the Silent Auction, which features unique Paper Snowflakes created especially for the event by Broadway’s Don Darryl Rivera, and individually autographed by stars of stage and screen (including the cast of Broadway’s Hamilton).
Individual tickets are available in advance at gideonsfeet.org for a minimum requested donation of $10.
Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted at the event for Admission, Silent Auction winnings, and Individual Donations.
“We’re thrilled to kick off the holiday season with a delicious and loving evening of music, food, and FUN!” says Ashley Puckett Gonzalez, Founder of Gideon’s Feet. “The Christmas Event is always such a heartwarming chance to connect with the community that we serve.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
KYLE IGNECZI (Headliner)
Originally from Elyria, OH, Kyle Igneczi has traveled the world as an entertainer with some of the biggest names in children’s and family entertainment. International touring credits include work with Sesame Street Live, Curious George Live, and three years with the USO / Sesame Street Experience for Military Families, performing for the troops and their families around the world. He was also part of Virtually Me, a show devoted to fight against cyber bullying, leading discussions and panels for school age kids around the United States.
Since arriving on the Dallas theatre scene two years ago, he has made a name for himself as an actor and puppeteer. Local credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch (DFW Theatre Critics’ Forum Award) and Catch Me If You Can (Uptown Players); Dogfight, Bonnie & Clyde (WaterTower Theatre); The Explorers Club (Stage West / WaterTower Theatre); The Spark (Best of Loop 2015 – Out of the Loop Fringe Festival); West Side Story (Garland Summer Musicals). He will next be seen as Radames in Uptown Players’ concert production of Aida, in conjunction with the Turtle Creek Chorale.
ADAM C. WRIGHT (Music Director)
Mr. Wright is a Dallas native composer, vocal arranger, orchestrator, and performer. He launched his Music Directing career in the Metroplex in 1997. Since then, his work has included the US Premieres of Soho Cinders and Closer to Heaven for Uptown Players, as well as productions at Theater Three, Dallas Children’s Theater, Contemporary Theater of Dallas, and Mainstage Irving Las Colinas. Original projects include Fire and Blood (composer) with book and lyrics by Andy Long, which premiered October 2013 at Richland College; Project Youth (co-lyricist with Stephanie Riggs, co-composer with Jeff Kinman) with book by Stephanie Riggs, which premiered in 2008; A Taste of Beauty (lyricist, supplementary composer, co-writer with Mark E. Berry and John de los Santos) with music by Jeff Kinman; Another Night at the Crescent (book-writer, lyricist, composer); Isabella’s Treasure (book-writer, lyricist, composer) and stage adaptations of If a Frog Had Wings and Unlucky Lolabug (book-writer, lyricist, composer), children’s books by Beth Ryan and Michael Albee. Adam is on the teaching faculty of the Dallas Children’s Theater, and is an accompanist for the musical theater classes at Booker T. Washington HS, Richland College, Mountain View College, and KD College. He was Betty Buckley’s Dallas rehearsal pianist for her 2012 cabaret show, The Other Woman: The Vixens of Broadway.
DON DARRYL RIVERA (Contributing Visual Artist)
Don Darryl Rivera was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He attended Cornish College of the Arts where he received his BFA in Theatre, and now resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Kate and their dog Baxter. He has worked around the U.S. at some of the country's most prestigious theatres including: The Guthrie Theater, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, and The Shakespeare Theatre Company. In 2011 Don Darryl wrote the book for the world premiere musical based on the beloved children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon along with Auston James (Music) and Rob Burgess (Lyrics). Harold received two 2011 Seattle Times Footlight Awards for Best Actor in a Musical and Top for Tots. In 2013 Don Darryl collaborated as a Co-Composer with Rob Burgess and Co-Book writer with Linda Hartzell on the world premiere musical based on the books Adventures With Spot (by Eric Hill). He has garnered two Gregory Award Nominations (Winner 2009, Nominated in 2013), and is currently on Broadway in Disney's Aladdin.
The 2014 Sugar Cookie Gala is supported by The Dallas Children’s Theater, who has generously renewed their commitment as official sponsor of Gideon’s Feet.
ABOUT DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER
Rated by TIME Magazine as one of the top five theaters in the nation performing for youth, Dallas Children’s Theater features paid professional actors performing for an annual audience of 250,000 young people and their families through main stage productions, a national touring company, and an arts-in-education program. As the only major organization in Dallas focusing solely on youth and family theater, DCT builds bridges of understanding between generations and cultures, instilling an early appreciation of literature, art and the performing arts in tomorrow’s artists and patrons.
Learn more at dct.org
ABOUT GIDEON’S FEET
Since it’s founding in 2011, Gideon’s Feet has raised over $20,000 in support of DFW-area theater artists facing crisis. In 2015, the company expanded, developing a branch to assist theater artists in NYC as well. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization has produced benefit events for individual artists who faced the loss of a spouse or child, provided assistance with medical expenses for both sudden and long-term illnesses, managed post-surgery care calendars, arranged transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, provided assistance with Final Care Expenses, arranged emergency airfare to be with dying family members, organized the donation of goods to artist’s Hospice providers, and partnered with other charity organizations to raise funds for related causes.
Learn more at gideonsfeet.org
The 4th Annual “Sugar Cookie Gala” Benefit
WHO: Hosted by Gideon’s Feet
Sponsored by The Dallas Children’s Theater Headlining Artist: Kyle Igneczi
Musical Direction by Adam C. Wright Contributing Visual Art by Don Darryl Rivera
WHAT: Revelers decorate their own special Sugar Cookies, try to avoid being “mugged” by The Grinch, vie for unique Paper Snowflakes created especially for the event by Broadway’s Don Darryl Rivera (individually autographed by stars of stage and screen), and experience the Music of the Season performed by local stars while enjoying this warm, festive gala which raises funds to assist DFW-area artists in times of unforeseen crisis.
WHERE: The Rosewood Center for Family Arts 5938 Skillman, Dallas, TX 75231
WHEN: One Night Only: Monday, Dec. 7 – 7-9:30pm
HOW MUCH: Admission is a requested minimum donation:
$15 (early purchase)
$20 (at the door)
$10 ARTIST DISCOUNT: Bring your union card, playbill, review or film screen grab to claim your artist ticket. Artist tickets may be purchased online, and will be verified at the door (lack of ID will result in added price difference).
$10 GROUP DISCOUNT: Groups of 5 individuals or more.
TIX & INFO: Tickets may be purchased in advance at gideonsfeet.org, or with check, cash, or credit card at the door.