arguably Dallas' coolest arts-related fundraiser

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The gala was founded in 1993 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dallas Children's Theater and to raise critical annual funds for the organization. Now celebrating its 28th year, having raised nearly $2.5 million, the Cabaret Gala has developed a reputation as one of the most popular fundraising evenings in Dallas!

Overview

Overview
DCT supporters, civic & society leaders, and arts patron gather at The Fairmont Hotel's legendary Venetian Room. Read more

History

Gala History
If the Venetian walls could talk, there would be many stories to share about our stellar lineup of past stars.
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Raffle

Gala Raffle
DCT's annual Gala Raffle offers a chance
to win amazing travel prizes. Stay tuned for details.
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Sponsorship

Gala Sponsorship
DCT's Gala proves to be a great evening of entertainment for company clients and friends.
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For more information, contact Artie Olaisen, at 214/978-0110 (ext. 155)
or e-mail: artie.olaisen@dct.org.

Guest Star
Maxine

KLEA BLACKHURST
is an actress, singer and comedienne known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything The Traffic Will Allow. Most recently she appeared Off-Broadway with Hayley Mills in the comedy, Party Face, at City Center Stage 2. She starred in Hazel during its world premiere production at Drury Lane in Chicago, as Dolly Levi in the highly acclaimed Fiftieth Anniversary production of Hello, Dolly! at The Goodspeed Opera House and as Miss Lemon in The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville, directed by legendary comedian, Jerry Lewis and featuring a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes. Klea also played Rose in Drury Lane Chicago's production of Gypsy, garnishing rave reviews in 2012.

She's performed with symphony orchestras and in theatrical productions across the country and abroad including the London Palladium presentation of Jerry Herman's Broadway with Angela Lansbury, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra tribute to Marvin Hamlisch,, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 15 Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Conventions, New York's Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York's 92nd Street Y Lyrics & Lyricists, The Chicago Humanities Festival and as Ado Annie in the BBC Proms concert of Oklahoma! in London's Royal Albert Hall. In addition to regular appearances at New York's famed Birdland, Klea's nightclub engagements include tributes to the Broadway career of composer Vernon Duke at the Cafe Carlyle with a subsequent sold-out engagement at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater and "Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael," a collaboration with Billy Stritch.

On television she has appeared in Ryan Murphy's Pose and The Knick, on Showtime. She spent two seasons as former prosecutor, Shelby Cross, on the IFC Channel comedy series, Onion News Network. She's done the requisite Law and Order: SVU, spent a week on Sesame Street and was a musical guest on The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

       
       

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