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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from January 04, 2014
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE


By Dr. Adele Zorn

NEVADA OPERA THEATRE GUILD once again presented a beautiful Holiday Celebration luncheon at MAGGIANO’s LITTLE ITALY in the Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip. The Nevada Opera Theatre is in its 28th year and with hard work and dedication, it has steadily developed into a successful professional opera company with a fine balance of classic opera, operetta and musical theatre productions.

The event started with a hosted cocktail reception while guests mingled and viewed an excellent silent auction. As guests socialized, Holiday Carols were performed by the NEVADA OPERA THEATRE CHORUS.

Eileen Hayes

Denny Weddle, President Nevada Opera Theatre

Eileen Hayes, founder of the Nevada Opera Theatre and Denny Weddle, President of the Nevada Opera Theatre Association, welcomed guests. Karen Scherer, Chairwoman of the Nevada Opera Theatre Guild and Guild Scholarship recipients Sheronda McKee, Carrie Wachsberger and Bonita Bunt were introduced.

Dr. Adele Zorn and Eileen Hayes, NV Opera Theatre Founder

Eileen Hayes with Guild Scholarship Recipients
Sheronda McKee, Carrie Wachberger and Bonita Bunt

Karen Scherer, Guild Chairwoman on microphone

A festive delicious Holiday Luncheon was then served with a menu that went on and on as each entrée was served family style at each table:

Course One:

Bruschetta, Stuffed Mushrooms, Caesar Salad, Maggiano’s Salad,

Course Two:

Meat Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Chicken & Spinach Manicotti “Maggiano’s Style”

Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Piccata

Course Three:

Andes Chocolate Zuccotto Cake, Tiramisu

Delicious Dessert

Denny Weddle, President Nevada Opera Theatre

Denny Weddle introduced two wonderful performers Lou Gazzara, Vocalist and Joey Pero, Trumpet. Between Courses Nevada Opera Theatre soloists, Dr. Morton J. Hyson, Ben Litvinoff, Shelley Martensen and Sheronda McKee, UNLV Senior Scholarship Winner along with The Nevada Opera Theatre Chorus performed to the delight of the audience.

Lou Gazzara, Vocalist

Ben Litvinoff, singer

Soloist Sheronda McKee with accompianist Mark Thomas

NV Opera Theatre Chorus (Solist Stephen Plummer in white jacket

Eileen Hayes introduced new Board Members Jennie Kim, Mary Ann Seibel and Amy Thomason. She then acknowledged the many significant supporters and volunteers who made this event possible. Each table had a sponsor and they were: Dr. Morton & Nicole Hyson, Flamingo Glass & Engraving, Mike & Beverly Mykisen, Mary Ann Seibel, Amy Thomason, Thason Consulting, Eileen Hayes, Lucrecia Sparks, Jennie Kim, New York Life Insurance Co., Denny Weddle & Associates, Patricia Martinelli Price, NAIFF.

Guests with new board member Mary Ann Seibel on right

New Board Member Jennie Kim on left with guests

Denny Weddle spoke about the influx of culture that the Smith Center has brought to Las Vegas and about the NV Opera’s upcoming Love, Passion and Betrayal Concert in February. The Concert will feature Internationally acclaimed guest artists - Grammy Nominee, Demetra George and Metropolitan Opera National Finals Winner Edwardo Villa. Frank Fetta will be the Principal Conductor with soloists Dr. Morton I. Hyson, Sheronda McKee, Carrie Wachberger, Bonita Bunt and the Nevada Opera Theatre Chorus. For information: Call 702 731 3370.

Denny gets around in his Santa Cap – guests and Joe LaVigna, singer in red cap

Denny behind former Judge Bill Jensen and wife Nora

Denny Weddle also reminisced about the great “Vintage Vegas” event and said it would again be held in May 2014. He then ably conducted a live auction and revealed the winners of the raffle.

Some of the Guests enjoying the event:

Dr. Morton I. Hyson and wife Nicole


Dr. Adele Zorn and Judge Diane Steele

NV Opera Theatre Chorus

Guests (silent auction donors from John Fish Jewelers)

Mike and Beverly Mykisen on left (silent auction donors) and guests

Second on left, soloist Shelley Martenson

Guest, Shirley with singer Sheronda McKee on right

The Nevada Opera Theatre’s Guild is a group of hard-working individuals dedicated to promoting and contributing to the Nevada Opera Theatre. In addition to the Holiday Celebration Luncheon, the Guild hosts several events that have become a tradition. They are: The Opera Gala, The International Friendship Luncheon, Meet the Artists Luncheon, Patron Receptions and Holiday High Tea.

Perhaps more went on, but, I had to leave as I had 4 events that day. However, this event is always so special, and once again was so special this year.

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