Awards Show Friday Honors Local Opera Star

March 23, 2010

A local musical theater group is planning a luncheon and special performance Friday to honor native opera singer Bettye Gardner for a lifetime of success in musical theater.

Bayou City Concert Musicals, a nonprofit organization that for 10 years has performed musicals in Houston, is honoring Gardner on March 26 with the 2010 Kim Hupp Award for Outstanding Contributions to Musical Theater.

Gardner is a native Houstonian who attended MacGregor School and San Jacinto High School. She performed with the Summertime Light Opera Company in Houston, and then moved to New York where she landed a spot in the “Straw-Hat Circuit,” performing all over the country in Die Fledermaus, The Chocolate Soldier and The Great Waltz. Gardner eventually made it back to Houston and became a mainstay of Houston Grand Opera for over forty years. Over the years she held leadership positions at the Alley Theatre’s Merry-Go-Round School, her own dance school, Opera in the Heights and more.

The award is named after Kim Hupp, the first musical director of Bayou City Concert Musicals, who spent his life teaching and being an active participant in Houston’s opera and theater communities.

The award event begins at 11 a.m. and includes a reception, luncheon and a musical performance. Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling 713-465-6484 or visiting bayoucityconcertmusicals.org.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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