Live professional theater under the trees
of Mt. Gretna... since 1927!

Annual Gala


Thanks to all who participated in our recent Gala on October 10th. 


Due to your contributions of time, talent, auction items and expertise, WE RAISED OVER $78,000 FOR GRETNA THEATRE’S PROGRAMMING!




Save the Date for the 2016 Gala on October 8th!



Saturday, October 10, 2015 at The Hotel Hershey!


We are so grateful for the outpouring of support for this vital annual fundraiser – from donated auction items and services, sponsorships and program ads, the many volunteers both on the Gala Committee and at the event who make it run so smoothly, Broadway’s Timothy Shew, Jane Brockman and Caleb Damschroder who have volunteered to entertain, to the over 200 guests who will enjoy a splendid night at the Hotel Hershey!

Gretna Theatre Gala Invitation 2015

Would you like to join us for the evening? Click here for the RSVP Card

Mail in the RSVP card, call us in the office at 717-964-3322 or CLICK HERE TO ORDER ONLINE!

 The lineup of events:

The lovely Fountain Court at the Hotel Hershey is the setting for the first part of our Gala – the Champagne Reception begins at 5:30 pm with over twenty tables of silent auction items, valued between $100 and $$1,000! Then we move into the Garden Terrace Ballroom for wine, dinner, dessert plus the Wine Basket Card Game winner drawing, the live auction of everything from fabulous jewelry to travel adventures valued between $200 and $10,000!   Plus the Heads & Tails game to see who wins $1,000 in cold, hard cash!



We are thrilled to welcome back to Gretna Theatre Broadway’s Timothy Shew, Jane Brockman and Caleb Damschroder.  Gretna Theatre audiences may remember Timothy Shew as the Civil War era father in Shenandoah and as the eldest brother in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  Tim has wowed audiences on Broadway in Evita, Les Miserables, Wonderful Town, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sunset Boulevard, Guys and Dolls, Whistle Down the Wind, Disney’s King David and even as Santa Claus for seven years at Radio City Music Hall in The Christmas Spectacular!     Jane Brockman was seen at Gretna Theatre in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, on Broadway in  A Christmas Carol for six years as well as appearing in New York at Carnegie Hall, with the New York Philharmonic, City Center Encores! Series and Musicals in Mufti Series.  She has appeared in National Tours of A Light in the Piazza, The Sound of Music and Hello Dolly!   Caleb Damschroder performed at Gretna Theatre as  Joe in Burt and Me.  He made his Broadway debut in Cabaret and understudied Alan Cumming as the Emcee; favorite regional credits include Miss Saigon, Maury Yeston’s Phantom, Cinderella and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Caleb is a member of the acclaimed BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and his first musical, an adaptation of Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, recently had its first workshop.


Thanks to our Gala sponsors including Dorothy B. & S. Lawrence Koplovitz Foundation, Benjamin Olewine III,  Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.,  Cunningham, Chernicoff & Warshawsky, P.C., J. Thomas & Janice Dunlevy,  Conrad Siegel Actuaries, Marcia Ostfeld, PinnacleHealth, and Reinsel Kunz Lesher LLP and our many individual contributors and patrons. 


The following are a few of OUR LIVE AUCTION ITEMS and below that a gallery of just a few of the items that are up for bid at the Silent Auction tables!  We ALWAYS encourage getting together with your friends and family to decide what you are going to bid on BEFORE you get to the Gala!


Petrified Wood Bench

Petrified Wood Bench


Petrified Wood Garden Bench

Ths one-of-a kind garden bench is made of petrified wood and will certainly be a focal point of any garden!  Donated by Dustin & Tara Stohler of Dreamscapes Watergardens in Lebanon.  A value of $650!










Leather Tote & Wallet

Leather Tote & Wallet

Leather Tote & Wallet

Chestnut color Leather Tote and Wallet from the NEST collection.  Tote is 13 x 9 1/2 x 5″ with a 7″ handle drop, made of American cowhide (harness leather) with an interior back pocket, handset copper rivets and hand-sewn with waxed linen thread.   The Wallet is 6 1/2″ x 4 1/4 x 3/4″ with two large internal compartments, tow credit card slots that can accommodate up to ten cards, also made of American cowhide (harness leather) with rose gold plated snaps and also hand-sewn with waxed linen thread.  Valued at $450.  Donated by Louise Goods.













NYC Audition Experience

NYC Audition Experience

New York City Audition Experience for Two!
OMG!  Get the inside scoop on what it takes to appear on the Gretna Theatre stage.  Join producing artistic director Larry Frenock and the rest of the theatre staff to sit in on NYC auditions, and join them for dinner afterward.  A stipend for round-trip Amtrak fare, hotel for two nights and dinner are included in this priceless adventure.  Arrive at your leisure via Amtrak on the first day and check in to your hotel;  experience a day of open auditions at professional rehearsal/audition studio where many a Broadway show has held its rehearsals, enjoy dinner with Larry and the staff, see auditions by appointment from Broadway veterans to those just beginning the following day.  The first person waiting on the line that stretched around the block last year arrived at 5AM to secure her spot to audition!  Auditions are slated for March 2016, exact dates to be determined.  This one-of-a-kind experience is valued as Priceless!  Donated by Patrick & Linda Castagna in support of Gretna Theatre.





















Chesapeake Bay Fishing Outing with Lunch
You and two friends join Captain Fitzpatrick for Sport Fishing & Lunch on his 18′ Crestliner on Chesapeake Bay (Exp. 10/10/16  Date to be mutually agreed upon).Valued at $800.  Donated by Mary Jane Casavant & Barclay Fitzpatrick.



Necklace and Earrings!


What lady doesn’t love jewelry? Whether you’re bidding for yourself or someone special, this stunning necklace from Mollie B is sure to impress. Take home this gorgeous 18k gold white Mother-of-pearl overlayed with faceted white topaz.  This necklace is complemented by matching 18k gold earrings. (18K yellow gold 9.84 ct white mother-of-pearl on white topaz w/ 69 diamonds 0.42 ct – 18K chain & earrings w/ 48 diamonds 0.26 ct.).  Valued at $3,700.   Donated by Mollie B Distinctively Fine Jewelry and Giftware.










The Masters, Augusta, GA

The Masters, Augusta, GA

Two separate packages to experience The Masters, Augusta, GA!

The Masters, with its rare combination of mystery, prestige and exclusivity, attracts the world’s attention to Augusta, Georgia each April and is considered the best-run golf tournament in the world by fans and golfers alike. If you have never been to The Masters, you can’t fully appreciate the magnificence of the Augusta National Golf Course or the event. Watching The Masters on television is enjoyable…attending The Masters is unforgettable! Here is an opportunity for you to be at this unique sports setting and experience the atmosphere in person.  Each of these packages will be auctioned separately!

Masters Golf Tournament Experience Package #1  Valued at between $8,500 and $10,000!

Opening Round on Thursday, April 7, 2016.  Tour Package to the 2016 Masters (Augusta, GA), includes a 2-Night Stay in a Private Home for 2.  Includes:

  • Admission for 2 to the 2016 Masters Opening Round on Thursday, April 7, 2016
  • 2-night stay (check in Wednesday, April 6; check out Friday, April 8, 2016) in 2-bedroom/2-bath private home or condo accommodations in or near Augusta
  • 1 daily round-trip transfer* (Thursday) between accommodations and event
  • Winspire booking & concierge service

Masters Golf Tournament Experience Package #2  Valued at between $4,750 and $6,500

Practice Round (Tuesday, April 5, 2016) Tour Package to the 2016 Masters (Augusta, GA), includes a 2-Night Private Home Stay for 2.  Includes:

  • Admission for 2 to the 2016 Masters Practice Round on Tuesday, April 5, 2016
  • 2-night stay (check in Monday, April 4; check out Wednesday, April 6, 2016) in a 2-bedroom/2-bath private home or condo accommodations in or near Augusta
  • 1 round-trip transfer* between accommodations and event on Tuesday
  • Winspire booking & concierge service

Event Ground Transfers:  Each package includes one round-trip event transfer on your scheduled day from accommodations in/near Augusta to the event. *All other ground transportation not included.

Notes:  Additional Masters rounds and lodging available upon request.  Tee-times can be arranged at local courses including Reynolds Plantation if desired.  Augusta is located approximately 2.5 hours from Atlanta.

Winspire Booking & Concierge Service:  Winspire provides a team of seasoned travel professionals who will help you redeem your experience. All travel related details and reservations are handled for every part of your Winspire experience. Operating as a full-service travel agency, Winspire can assist with extra hotel nights, airfare upgrades, and additional guests. This service also provides you with an established network of onsite contacts who can help you book additional experiences, activities and tours.   Winspire services are independent of the USGA, PGA and The Augusta National Golf Club. Winspire has no ticketing agreement with the USGA, PGA or The Augusta National Golf Club.

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability. Certificates cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. All purchases are non-refundable. Packages cannot be resold. Ground transportation is not included unless where specified.





Kiehl’s Experience at Neiman Marcus

Kiehl’s Master Class & Gift Basket!
Neiman Marcus has offered an amazing Kiehl’s experience.  How could you possibly miss out on this fabulous opportunity to take 11 of your friends (12 total) to King of Prussia and participate in a Kiehl’s Master Class. Learn about their amazing Healthy Skin Essentials as you are guided through your perfect skincare regimen that will give you great results!  Winner of this auction prize will also receive a basket of Kiehl’s hair, skincare and body products that are made in the USA using no color or chemical fragrances.  Valued at $1,300.  Donated by Kiehl’s at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia.


Tom Dunlevy Photo 2Golf with Tom Dunlevy

Three persons to join J. Thomas Dunlevy, Gretna Theatre Board President, for a round of Golf and Lunch at the Lancaster Country Club.  Valued at $500.  Donated by Tom Dunlevy.










1-Hour R-44 Helicopter Ride for up to 3 passengers

1-Hour R-44 Helicopter Ride for up to 3 passengers


One Hour Helicopter flight!

Ride in a R-44 Helicopter, leaving from Harrisburg Capital City Airport for a flight around the area. Maximum 3 people; Date to be mutually agreed upon by winner and pilot.  (Combined weight not to exceed 600 lbs. and trip to be flown before 1/31/2016.)    Value $500. Donated by professional pilot Judith Redlawsk.



Chefs Dinner Hotel HersheyPrivate Dinner for 10 in the Circular Dining Alcove at the Hotel Hershey!

Executive Chef of the Hotel Hershey Ken Gladysz will prepare a 7 course meal – appetizer, soup. intermezzo, entrée, salad, dessert and hot beverage – for your group of 10.  Dinner will be paired with 4 different wines.  Offer valid until October 31, 2016 and is subject to “black-out holiday dates”.  Value $1,750.  Donated by The Hotel Hershey & Chef Ken Gladysz.








Lamar Billboard

Billboard Message!

Changeable Billboard Message Sign, 4 weeks advertising on a 12′ X 24′ changeable message sign on US 322-422, 12/01/15-03/31/16.  Valued at $1,800.  Donated by Lamar Advertising Billboards.











Blanket Chest

Blanket Chest

Blanket Chest donated by the Graybills at Hidden Treasures.  Valued at $750.







John Deere Gator


TOMY John Deere Ride-On Gator

The kids will love to tool around the yard in this TOMY John Deere Ride-On Gator!   This John Deere Battery-Operated Gator features working headlights, MP3 jack with powered speakers and DirectDrive™ non-slip tire traction strips. Also features two detachable water bazookas! The 6 volt rechargeable battery and charger are included. Ages 3+.  Valued at $200.  Donated by Plasterer, Inc. and Susan & Barry Ansel








Waltz VineyardsWaltz Vineyards Estate Winery Tasting

Certificate for 4 full line samplers w/local cheeses, crackers and chocolate at Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery.  Plus a bottle of Waltz Vineyards Estate Bottled Stiegel Rose!  Valued at $220.  Donated by Waltz Vineyards.






PNC Founder's Suite at the Giant Center

PNC Founder’s Suite at the Giant Center

16-Seat PNC Founder’s Suite!

16 Seats in PNC’s Founder’s Suite for a 2015-16 season Bears’ hockey game with 6 suite-parking-spaces (catering NOT included).  Value of $1,200.  Donated by PNC.








Picnic Luncheon Buffet for 25 by Commonwealth Caterers!

Picnic Luncheon Buffet for 25 by Commonwealth Caterers!


Commonwealth Caterers Picnic!

Enjoy a Commonwealth Caterers ready-to-serve picnic luncheon buffet for 25 people including lunch meat, salads, desserts, plates/utensils.  Value $750.  Donated by Clarence & Cynthia Riley of Commonwealth Caterers, Inc.






Philadelphia Package!

Philadelphia Package!


Philadelphia Package!

A Tasting Menu Certificate for two at “ELA”, an inventive new American restaurant and bar in Philadelphia’s Queen Village.  A Theatre Pass valid for Two Tickets to any 2015-2016 Season Production (excludes ‘A Christmas Story’, not valid Fridays/Saturdays) donated by the Walnut Street Theatre.  A certificate for an overnight stay in a King guestroom at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  Total value $538.  Donated by ELA, Walnut Street Theatre and the Marriott.








Nemacolin "Falling Rock"

Nemacolin “Falling Rock”



Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA

2 nights stay at Falling Rock & breakfasts for 2, spa services for 2 @ $125/each, plus basket of logo items.  Valued at $1,500.  Donated by Nemacolin Woodland Resort.






The Flury's Mt. Gretna Cottage

The Flury’s Mt. Gretna Cottage


One Week Mt. Gretna Cottage Stay!

One week stay in Jerry & Pennie Flury’s Harvard Avenue cottage, beautifully appointed with modern amenities and 4 bedrooms.  Dates to be mutually agreed,  Art Show week excluded.  Value $1,200.  Donated by Jerry & Pennie Flury.








Tour and Tea

Tour and Tea


Tour and Tea at Christie’s Auction House in NYC!

Behind-the-Scenes Tour and Tea for Four at Christie’s with a Christie’s Specialist.  Value between $450 - $650. Donated by Christie’s







Foundry Craft Grillery

Foundry Craft Grillery


Foundry Craft Grillery Dinner for 10!

Four course custom menu for 10 by Executive Chef Dwayne Spencer in the Foundry private Steitz Room ( alcohol/beverages/gratuity not included).  Value $500.  Donated by Foundry Craft Grillery, Lebanon









Split Rail Fence design in a dark color palette, approximately 99″ X 116″, suitable for Queen Bed (60′X80″) or King Bed (76″ x 80″). Valued at $1,200. Donated by Douglass Henry, Jr. of Henry Molded Products, Lebanon (Photo to come).







Cocktail Ring

Cocktail Ring


Diamond & Sapphire Cocktail Ring

 14K Sapphire and Diamond Cocktail Ring, Size 8.  Photo is fuzzy (we were shaking with excitement while we took the photo!) but gives a good idea of the deep blue color of the sapphires.  Valued at $1,199.  Donated by Kathryn Pearce of Veleska Jewelry.














Neil Choquette Chairs (Matching Set of 2)

Neil Choquette Chairs (Matching Set of 2)

Matched Pair of dark walnut  English Victorian oval back side chairs, finished in vintage cut velvet;  the fabric is Brunschwig et Fils Classis Reserve pattern, upholstery tailored by Neil Choquette, 801 State Street, Lemoyn. Value $1,000.











"The Visit" and "Cabaret"Autographed Broadway Show Posters

“The Visit” and “Cabaret”Autographed Broadway Show Posters

Autographed Broadway Show Posters!

Our Broadway actors who have graciously come to entertain at our Gala will present their Broadway show posters, autographed by the entire Broadway  company, for auction.  Just recently, Tim Shew appeared in THE VISIT starring Chita Rivera and Caleb Damschroder appeared in CABARET starring Alan Cumming.  Win one or both of these unique pieces of show memorabilia!  Each item will be auctioned separately and displayed by the Broadway actor from the show!  Now THAT’s a priceless value!







Using a standard deck of 52 playing cards – each card purchased becomes a chance to win a huge selection of 20 wines from around the world.  Buy one card for $40 or two for $60 and become part of a very select group having the chance to win this prize!  Winner announced as part of the live auction!  Almost $500 worth of wine, all rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator or Wine Aficionado. unless otherwise noted.  Our list of fine wines (some may change pending availability):

  • G H Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Champange NV
  • Ramay Chardonnay, 2011, Russian River Valley
  • Karamoor Chardonnay, 2013, Fort Washington, PA
  • Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc, 2013 Sonoma County
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Marlborough
  • Chateau Montelena Riesling, 2010, Potter Valley
  • Listel Rose, 2013, Sable de Camargue
  • Brewer Clifton Pinot Noir, 2011 Sta. Rita Hills
  • Acrobat Pinot Noir, 2013, Oregon
  • Charles Krug Merlot, 2009, Napa Valley
  • Qupe Syrah, 2012, Central Coast
  • Quivira Zinfandel, 2011, Dry Creek Valley
  • Joseph Carr “Josh Cellars” Cabernet, 2013, CA
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Blend, 2011, Columbia Valley
  • Chateau La Granula Bordeaux, 2009, Bordeaux Superieur
  • The Crusher Petite Sirah “Grower’s Selection”, 2011, Clarksburg
  • Ricossa Dolcetto Piemonte, 2012
  • Two Lands Shiraz, 2013, Australia
  • Apothic Red Blend, 2012 CA
  • Tierra Brisa Malbec, 2013, Mendoza


Just LOOK at some of the amazing Gifts, Goods, Trips and Experiences we have for our Silent Auctions! Many more items not pictured here including area Restaurant Gift Certificates, Artwork, Gift Baskets, Clothing and Accessories, Sports Memorabilia, Sporting Events, Experiences….and more! Note that some items will be bundled with other complementary items as a package. What do YOU want to bid on at the Gala?!? (Click on any image to see the entire photo.)


Restaurant Row Bidding Frenzy - Bidding starts at the value of each Gift Certificate!  Thanks to these restaurants (more to be announced!) for their support (in no particular order):

The 2015 Schedule of Events on Saturday, October 10:

5:30 pm   Arrival at the Hotel Hershey.  Register and receive your bidder number, auction catalogue and dinner seating location.
5:30 – 7:00 pm  Champagne Reception with served hors d’oeuvre in the elegant  Fountain Court Lobby, bidding on Silent Auction Items, purchase your Playing Cards for a chance to win a huge basket of premium wines from around the world, and purchase of Heads & Tails cards (to win the $1,000 in cold hard cash!!).
6:40 pm   The first set of eight silent auction tables close (“1,000 Series”)  Don’t let anyone beat your bid for the items you want!
6:50 pm   The second set of eight silent auction tables close (“2,000 Series”)  Watch it! Snipers can sneak up and put a final bid after you if you are not careful!
7:00 pm   The  third and final set of  silent auction tables closes (“3,000 Series”) Last chance to get a great deal on these terrific items!
7:00 pm    We move into the Garden Terrace Ballroom to be seated at our tables.  Welcoming remarks.  Wine, Dinner & Dessert is served.  During Dinner  we will have the Card Game to find the winner of the International Wine Basket, we will hold the Restaurant Row Bidding Frenzy (bid on gift certificates to your favorite area restaurants!), the Live Auction of extra-special items, the Fund-an-Item Appeal (to help fund programs for students at Gretna Theatre) and the Heads & Tails game to win the $1,000 cash displayed in the Lucite treasure chest.

Check out – Three checkout lines will be open in order to pay for your silent and live auction winnings.  Cash, Checks and Credit Cards (MC/Visa/Disc/Amex) are accepted for payment.  Items may not be retrieved until paid for.

We are so proud that nearly 100% of our auction items are donated free and clear each year to Gretna Theatre for this vitally important fundraising event!
Many thanks to all who donated to the Gala!
Special thanks to our brilliant and generous 2015 Gala Sponsors!
Thanks for your Support!
Help to preserve Gretna Theatre by participating in our annual Gala!
To donate, or for more information please call or email:
Renee Krizan
If you are interested in assisting us in the necessary and exciting event, click the link below for a listing of the committees and positions we need staffed to have our Gala run smoothly and successfully.