Blog archives for the November, 2016.

November 15, 2016

The Epic Party and the Storm That Wasn’t

How Lucas Talent Celebrated its 30th Anniversary

 

Other Lucas Talent parties had set the bar high: the Lucas Lounge 15th Anniversary Party, the Moulin Rouge, the Cotton Club, numerous Holiday Parties and the Blockbuster Merger Party, held in 2014.  They were held in venues such as Celebrities, Club Atlantis and The Commodore Ballroom.  They were all smashing successes… other than the one at the Commodore on November 25, 2006.  That was the night of the 20th Anniversary Pajama Party.  It was the biggest, most ambitious party we had ever planned. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t care about such things and so she surprised us all with a freak snowstorm.  The Commodore was a cavern at one third of capacity but the hardy few had a wonderful time dancing in the open space and eating the extra food!

Fast forward to October 15, 2016… It was the day of the 30th Anniversary Party, we were on Day 3 of 2016050 Lucas Talent PARTY _3406Stormageddon and the professional weather folks were talking up that we’d be in for a doozy of rain and high winds.  As the clock counted down to opening, the party committee worked feverishly to prepare the Waldorf for the would-be revelers… but would there be revelers?  This two-floor, three room extravaganza had been poised, through nine months of planning, to be THE biggest, most ambitious Lucas party ever.  At around 2:00 pm, the cancellation calls, texts and emails started to come in.   People were worried about the storm.  It was all over the news.  One client had to cancel because he was asked by his news station to anchor a special “storm broadcast”.  Was history doomed to repeat itself ten years later?  Naw… it all came together and was a total blast!

2016050 Lucas Talent PARTY _3361The early arrivals were hardy souls who were determined to party, whatever the weather.  By 9:00 pm it became apparent that Stormaggedon would be a storm that wasn’t.  Clients, producers, casting directors and specials guests were arriving in droves.  As the epic floor show commenced in Tabu, the Waldorf was filling to capacity!  Beverley Elliott sang “Sweet Dreams”, there was an actors versus agents lip sync battle and a 80’s drag medley.  Frank C. Turner was feted as the longest-serving client by Richard Lucas and Eric Edwards and a sizable donation to PAL Vancouver was made.  The festivities were hosted by our hilarious Devon Alexander.  Following the big show, the three rooms offered a variety of entertainment:  Line 49 covered all the hits of the 80’s, some chilled out in the Tiki Bar while others danced hard in Hideaway.  There were 80’s impersonators doing surprise spot numbers throughout the evening and food was served.  Many say the highlight of the night came from our Kyle Toy, a professional Michael Jackson impersonator.  He did a spectacular medley and brought the down the house!

2016050 Lucas Talent PARTY _3330Folks were kicked out at 2:30 am and the Lucas Talent Party committee was very happy to hear that the bar minimum spend was easily surpassed and the party was a smashing success!  All look forward to the next big one and maybe we’ll do it in the summer, well away from the winter weather!