39th Annual Legacy Gala
February 3, 2018
Silent Auction at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Omni Nashville Hotel
Celebrating 90 Years of the Performing Arts, along with Kelli Ware McClendon and the Teaching Artists at Father Ryan High School
 For more details on sponsorships, please contact Angie (Jacobson) Coffey '95 at coffeya@fatherryan.org.
Let the Show Begin!
From the production of “Seventh Heaven” in 1928 to the award-winning performance of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” last spring, the Performing Arts have always been a hallmark of the Father Ryan experience.  
That very first production, in the third year of Father Ryan High School, was staged by a new club of 24 young men—fully 15% of the student body.  Guided by Professor Robert E. Freidel, the Purple Masque Players put on two plays a year on stages like the Hillsboro Theater, predecessor of the Belcourt Theater, and St. Cecilia Academy, as well as their own gym stage.  They were actors, yes, but they were also Irish football players, journalists and class officers. These young men gave life to the Purple Masque Players.

“Bravo!  A Performance for the Ages”
Today, the Purple Masque Players continue this reputation for Performing Arts excellence.  With more than 90 students performing on stage or crafting behind the scenes, the Players are highly recognized for their talent and their versatility, producing a play in the fall and a musical in the spring each year. The 2017 production of “Millie” garnered a prestigious Spotlight Award for theatre excellence. A headliner list of graduates are continuing to wow audiences in college productions and professional theatre around the country, from Columbia College Chicago to Broadway in the Big Apple. It doesn’t just happen on the stage, however.  The choral and dance performances have become more evidence of the value of the arts in the lives of Father Ryan students, while the Marching Band (proudly honored at the 2012 Legacy Gala) and other band groups continue to dominate area and regional competitions and contend for national championships. 

“The music, the dancing!  The performers starred on a stage of stunning creativity.”
Our acclaimed teaching artists have built on the legacy of Professor Freidel, Father Nobile and many others, elevating the caliber of production and developing the students’ love of and enthusiasm for the Performing Arts.  With every enhancement of dance and choral performance, the caliber of all the Performing Arts has risen, enabling Father Ryan to stage more elaborate and challenging shows that incorporate the full spectrum of students’ talents and further their growth.  The result has been thunderous applause from audience after audience and a connection to the Performing Arts experience that binds students and graduates across the decades.

For this nine-decade record of excellence, Father Ryan is proud to celebrate the Performing Arts and teaching artists at Father Ryan, represented at the 2018 Legacy Gala by Kelli Ware McClendon, Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department.  Kelli is a Georgia native who earned her BFA in Production and Stage Management from Auburn University in 1992.  She is a member of the Actors Equity Association, has professionally stage-managed for TPAC Education and taught a theatre class at Auburn University.
We are pleased to raise the curtain and turn the spotlight on Father Ryan's programs and artists as we celebrate their 90 years of excellence.  Let the show begin!
2018 Leadership Sponsors

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Omni Nashville Hotel