The Harvard Schools Trust's annual Dinner-Theater Gala on April 10 featured a performance by the Bromfield Drama Society followed by dinner at Fruitlands for nearly 200 guests. Retiring teacher and drama director Michael McGarty was honored for his 34 years at Bromfield.
Bromfield seniors Melanie Walker and Clark Jacobson in Defying Gravity, the Bromfield Drama Society’s play that went to the finals of the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival and which kicked off the Schools Trust Gala.
Senior Becca Turner portrays teacher-astronaut Christa McCauliffe in Defying Gravity.
Junior Brett Keating plays a space shuttle mechanic in Defying Gravity, a role for which he won a state acting award.
Guests gather at Fruitlands for the dinner portion of the Gala.
From left: Debbie Kaegebein, Schools Trust co-president, and Gala co-chairs Heidi Siegrist and Andra Evans check in guests.
Jim Ware (left) and Harvard Schools Trust Board Member Nick Browse enjoy a glass of wine before dinner.
Schools Trust co-president Molly Cutler welcomes the crowd.
Chef Paul gets the attention of Heidi Siegrist and Paul Eisenberg.
The crowd of nearly 200 fills the tent at Fruitlands.
Retiring teacher and drama director Michael McGarty receives a hug and a bouquet of flowers from Schools Trust board member Weezie Potter, as well as a standing ovation from the crowd in recognition of his 34 years at Bromfield.
The "Food Dudes," from left, Chefs Paul Correnty, Chris Basile, and Jeff Shaw, take a bow after dinner.
Musician Maria Parker, playing the harp, entertains dinner guests.