Actors Theatre of Louisville will open the doors to its costume shop Saturday for a cocktail party hosted by the GO Board, a group of young professionals who raise money and awareness on behalf of the theater. Costumes and Cocktails is the GO Board’s main recruitment event for the year. The GO Board offers networking and exclusive inside-the-production events for the under-45 theatergoing crowd.
“We all kind of have a joint love for the theater and appreciate supporting the theater,” says board co-president Emily Lamb.
The theme for the party is Through the Decades, so attendees are encouraged to come dressed in clothing from their favorite decade, or they can grab a costume or accessory from the costume shop when they arrive.
“Kristopher Castle, our costume director, will be on hand to give tours to people and explain to them what all goes into designing costumes for all the different shows that come through the season,” says Lamb.
Lamb loved going to plays and wanted to meet other young professionals who were serious about supporting the theater. Now she’s co-president of the GO Board, planning fundraisers for the apprentice company and hosting behind-the-scenes events.
“I grew up in Louisville, and I was really fortunate growing up to come from a family that had a strong appreciation for the arts. So I was always kind of in that environment,” says Lamb. “I feel like Actors Theatre is one of the real local treasures we have here, and the quality of productions we can get locally aren’t available in similar sized cities.”
The group hosts several exclusive behind-the-scenes events each season, in addition to public events like Costumes and Cocktails and fundraisers like the Loose Tie party that helps kick off the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Many of the board's events benefit Actors Theatre's apprentice/intern company.
“During certain shows throughout the season, the board will get together for informal meetings, usually in the form of a dinner or happy hour before the show. We try to bring in someone associated with the theater, whether it is the director for the particular production, somebody from the costume department, somebody from casting, to explain their role in that particular show or in the theater in general,” says Lamb.
Admission to Costumes and Cocktails is $10, and the price can be applied to an annual GO Board membership. The event is held in the theater’s costume shop on Market Street, in the same building as FedEx Kinko’s, and the party starts at 7 p.m.