Annual Ballet Austin Fête & fête*ish Pays 50th Annniversary Tribute to The Nutcracker

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography By Tony Spielberg

Austin’s social season kicked off with a tribute and a spin at the legendary Driskill hotel for Ballet Austin’s always glam Fête & fête*ish, chaired by Amy Rudy and Jo & Jon SIvester. This year’s Fête paid homage the legendary The Nutcracker and 2012 marks the golden anniversary of the first product of The Nutcracker, which first premiered at Ballet Austin in 1962.

From the time guests entered the hotel’s lobby, continuing all the way up the grand staircase, they were treated to the Ballet Austin’s talented students performing various Nutcracker performances. Then guests walked through a magic holiday door and were treated to a fabulous and fun cocktail hour in the Driskill mezzanine where old friends reacquainted and recapped their recent Jet-Set summer escapades.

Upon the dinner bell ringing promptly at 6:45, the well-heeled and chic adjourned to the Driskill Ballroom, which was stunningly transformed into a space that felt reminiscent of a Manhattan supper club room, especially with the extravagant designs by Mandarin Flower Company. It was the type of room in which the most stylish New Yorkers would dine before attending a gala performance at Radio City Music Hall. As guests enjoyed their three course meal, which featured sugarplums for dessert, the live auction began where guests bid on – among other things the opportunity to be a Mother Ginger during this year’s The Nutcracker production, where The Society Diaries’ Lance Avery Morgan will also don the stage on Wednesday, December 16th, for the finale. After the live auction, guests adjourned to the mezzanine, which was transformed into a hip dance club for fête*ish, where Austin’s most sociable shook their moneymakers to a lively mix provided by world renowned DJ Spinderella of the iconic 80’s hip-hop band Salt ‘n Pepa, dancing the night away and celebrating another fabulous Fete & fête*ish that will not soon be forgotten.

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