A Night at the Cabaret Honoring Melissa & Martin Thoma

Seventh Annual Charlotte Gadberry Award

The Charlotte Gadberry Award, named for ACANSA’s founder, honors extraordinary contributions to the artistic community in Central Arkansas.

DETAILS

March 13, 2023
6 pm
Argenta Community Theater
405 Main St., North Little Rock, AR 72114

In the spirit of love for the arts and their transformative potential to accelerate learning and lifelong success, this Gadberry Award evening promises sheer entertainment in one of its purest forms: a CABARET! Stroll the red carpet where Traci Bair  – our sultry songstress from NYC – joins surprise guest artists from right here at home. A brasserie buffet and signature drinks entice you in the intimate atmosphere of Argenta Community Theater in Argenta’s historic arts district.

The Charlotte Gadberry Award, named for ACANSA’s founder, celebrates individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the arts and the Central Arkansas community. Martin & Melissa Thoma’s exemplary dedication to the arts includes Board of Directors leadership for ACANSA, Arkansas District of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Audit, The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Mid-America Arts Alliance serving six states in our region, and Wildwood Park for the Arts. Prior recipients include Charlotte Gadberry, Linda Newbern, Sharon Heflin, Craig O’Neill, Garbo Hearne & Dr. Archie Hearne, III, and Vincent Insalaco.

Proceeds from this celebratory evening support free youth tickets and guest artist school visits during the ACANSA Arts Festival of the South as well as ACANSA’s Free Spring Break Art Camps so that more Central Arkansas youth can enjoy the life-long benefits of first-rate arts education. Free Spring Break Camps in 2024 will be conducted March 18 – 22 by Argenta Community Theater, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, Ballet Arkansas, and Big Piph/Soul Creatives.

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About Jeremy Stolle

Jeremy StolleJeremy is a recording artist and concert singer currently in the Broadway production of the Phantom of the Opera.

Jeremy recently finished the brand new Disney theatricals Pre-Broadway Production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, directed by Scott Schwartz and written by Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, and Peter Parnil. Jeremy also appears as Jehan on the Hit original cast recording of Hunchback. Other Theater credits include the workshop Production of Broadway’s: A TALE OF TWO CITIES The Musical, Music Theater Wichita’s: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLE, (Trevor Graydon) North Shore Music Theater’s Camelot, (Lionel), multiple national productions of Beauty and the Beast, (Gaston). Jeremy played the title role in Jekyll and Hyde and Scarlet Pimpernel (for which he won an Elly Award for “Best Actor in A Musical). Other roles include Billy Bigalow in Carousel and Tommy in Brigadoon.

Jeremy was honored to sing the Grand Finale Anthem “Help is on the Way” at the star studded, Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids/Year-end Concert, “The Easter Bonnet.”
Jeremy has traveled the world singing concerts and symphonies including A Yuletide Celebration with Sylvia McNair, the Indianapolis Symphony, Broadway Stars concert in Taiwan, and Modesto Symphony Pops.  Jeremy appeared at 54 Below, Birland and  Broadway.com’s National Showcase for Blockbuster Musicals and Broadway in Bryant Park. Jeremy also had the highest honor of appearing opposite the former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg as Mini Phantom in the yearly New York Press Core- Mayors Roast.

Jeremy has a touring solo concert called Unreachable Stars that is currently booking national venues.
Jeremy also sings with the London’s Premiere Opera Band Amici Bravo with the international Recording Artist Geoff Sewell, (Originally from Amici Forever) Television Credits Include CBS’, As the World Turns (Patrick), ABC’s All My Children, and FX Channel’s, Rescue Me.

About Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra Jazz Ensemble

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The Arkansas Symphony Youth Jazz Ensemble was founded in 2018 after several musicians from Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s top youth ensemble asked for opportunities to play jazz. Initially, the group was planned to be a trio, and quickly expanded to a dozen youth musicians before the first rehearsal. Local jazz musician, Brandon Dorris, was asked to coach the ensemble, which has a non-traditional instrumentation. The ensemble’s focus is learning historically accurate style and improvisation, and has repertoire spanning the entire history of jazz through the 1960’s.