Brucemore Mansion and Small Professional Theater (SPT) have partnered for the eleventh year to host ‘A Modern Salon’, a unique event that mimics French Salons in the early 20th century and features a two hour show from the theater group. Beginning at 7 p.m., the event will run for three weekends during January at the Brucemore Mansion.
The highlight of the evening will be a performance by actors from STP Theatre and special guests, Alisabeth Von Presley and Garrett Hufford. The theme of this year’s show is “generations”. Tara Richards, Director of Events and Communications at Brucemore, says the special guests, who are both in their 20s, will allow the actors to explore their age differences during the show.
Attendees can also look forward to a wine tasting before the show with wines from First Avenue Wine House and appetizers from Zins. During intermission, champagne and desserts will be served.
Salons originated in Italy during the 16th century. The goal was to facilitate conversation and debate between members of a small, usually educated, group. These events were held for entertainment and educational value, and had standards which were mediated by salonnières. The idea of a Salon has evolved over time, but the goal of enlightenment and education has always remained the same.
“It’s a unique experience.” Richards said. “Where else can you find the charm and historic setting and such a different type of entertainment in the area?”
Tickets are available for purchase for shows on January 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25. Cost is $40 for Brucemore Members and $45 for adults. Attendees are encouraged to wear evening dress.