As Key West’s Red Barn Theatre steps into its 43rd consecutive season of professional theater in the Southernmost City, it will be celebrating that milestone with one of its biggest parties ever and all are invited. “Big Night Out – The Party,” will feature special performances by some of Key West’s favorite musical stars, including Randy Roberts, Christine Mild and Jim Rice.
The stage is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Oldest House, 322 Duval St., Key West. Tickets are available now at redbarntheatre.com/tickets. “We’re known for giving great parties,” said Mimi McDonald, managing director of the Red Barn.
“We’ll be in the new, extensively renovated Oldest House on Duval, and have some tasty drinks and food planned. We’re pulling out all the stops to make it a glittering theater party.”
A trio of local music stars will provide the entertainment for the evening. Key West star Randy Roberts will make an appearance, accompanied by pianist/arranger Jim Rice, as will Red Barn favorite Christine Mild, well-known for her performances as Patsy Cline in the popular “Always, Patsy Cline” productions at the theater.
“I’ll be doing some Patsy Cline teasers,” said Mild, “and lace in some other feel-good tunes that are fun and entertaining for that kind of event. But I’m really looking forward to also working up some things with Randy. We’ve been friends for years, but have never had the chance to work together. It will be very special.”
“It will definitely be fun,” Roberts added. “We’ll have a good time.” Destination Catering will provide an array of tapas-style small plates for the evening, and the Red Barn is providing an open bar for all attendees. In addition to the appearances by Roberts and Mild, music will be provided by theatrical music arranger Jim Rice. A silent auction is also planned, with items that will include staycation packages, restaurant packages and a special auction of a Mario Sanchez painting. “Big Night Out – The Party” is the annual fundraiser for the Red Barn, one of the nonprofit theater’s more important sources for funding. Ticket sales to shows only provide a portion of the annual operating expenses.
“It’s a wonderful way to show your support,” said Michelle Chennault, a Red Barn board
member and chairperson of the Big Night Out planning committee, “and you’ll have a
glamorous time as well. We look forward to entertaining you.”