'Alice (in wonderland)' lead Maki Onuki with The Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre.
No doubt still breathless from a sold-out opening night performance at the Kennedy Center
, the cast and crew of The Washington Ballet
’s production of ‘Alice (in wonderland)’ nevertheless still managed to celebrate the hard-earned occasion yesterday evening during a crowded after party.
Held inside the comforting walls of Chef Eric Ziebold
restaurant inside the posh Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.
, the private affair saw the production insiders joined by a cheerful band of friends and supporters – all coming directly from the show.
‘Alice’ audience members were treated to tall glasses of champagne and wine, as they patiently waited for the cast and crew to arrive. All the while, Chef de Cuisine Eddie Moran
and his team kept a parade of passed hors d’oeuvres flowing from the kitchen.
Just past 10:30 p.m., guest of honor Septime Webre
(who serves as The Washington Ballet’s Artistic Director) led the dance company and production team into the dining room as they were greeted by a thunderous round of applause.
In a brief series of remarks, Webre delivered his heartfelt thanks to all of the supporters who made this week’s production of ‘Alice’ possible, including donors, media partners (Washington Life
in particular had featured a brilliant cover spread on the production recently), and, of course, costume designer Liz Vandal
who was in-town for the occasion with her family.
Clearly, it was a trip down the rabbit hole worth taking!