Masquerade Ball at QRCC |
Nothing could stop the Queensland Russian Community Centre Management Committee from holding previously planned Masquerade Ball, not even mother nature.
The sell-out event allowed all guests to let their hair down and, albeit for a short time, escape into a fantasy world, far away from devastation we had recenlty encoutered. Guests from diverse backgrounds from Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gold Coast, Sydney and Russia attended the Masquerade Ball at the Russian Centre, creating an unforgetable night.
̉he opening was scheduled for 6.30 pm but the excited throng of fancy costumes were eagerly cuing up long before the scheduled time. The modest hall was transformed into a decadent ball room with artfully draped white satin chair covers and dazzling lighting.
Emcees Natalia Morozoff and Constantin Drozdovsky opened the ball, proposed the tost and... noticed the absence of the finger food and traditional punch on guest's tables. The Maitre D' (Brett Holland from Vavachi Entertainment) explained that he experiences the shortage of staff and promised to find a quick solution. The music grew louder and misterious dark figures with noble beverage pitches entered the hall and started serving food to guests. Guests had to guess who is hiding under the misterious masks. To everyone's surprise roles of misterious waiters were brilliantly performed by the QRCC Management Committee.
Guests were invited to fill their plates at the beautifully decorated tables with sumptious food. The gathering was interrupted by a Vivachi Entertainment comic 'riot'. The waitress (Leslie Martin) was not the world's greatest waitress but she turned to be a fabulous opera singer. After getting everyone's attention by dropping her trays (oops!) the Maitre D' (Brett Holland) could not take it any longer and fired her on the spot! She cursted into song to her talents and the Maitre D' only succeded in getting rid of her just in time for the real entertainment, Luciano Pavarotti (Roger Davey). But there was no stopping this girl and she returned still singing her last high note. To her delight and the Maitre D's annoance she is invited by Pavarotti to join him. The Maitre D' finally gives in if you can't beat' em, join 'em and the show finishes with all three singing together.
Guests enjoyed the performance of Vavachi Entertainment thanks to the generous donation from the sponsoring company Australian Innovative Systems.
The lucky door prize proved to be a great success.
Prizes for the raffle tickets were donated by the Premier of Queensland, Hon. Anna Bligh, Federal Member of Parliament Hon. Kevin Rudd, World Travel Professionals and the Queensland Russian Community Centre. Prizes for the Auction were donated by World Travel Professionals and Marina Pollard. Her beautiful painting 'The Greek Cameo' decorated with stones attrackted a lot of attention and was sold for $350. Accomodation at the Sebel hotel in Newcastle went at $300. All proceeds from the raffle tickets and auction will go to the construction of the QRCC disability access. Prizes were drawn by the Honorary Chairperson of the Queensland Ethnic Community Council Nick Xenias.
Then another performance from Vavachi Entertainment – parts from famous Fantom of the Opera.
The long awaited award for the best costume finally came. First prize went to Irina and Eugene Shishorin. Second came Katerina Kamensky. Third prize went to Larisa and Michael Chelomanov and the fourth prize took Yuri and Yulia Karpowicz.
Prizes for the best costume were donated by Hon. Teresa Gambaro, Australian Innovative Systems, World Travel Professionals, Elena and Kerry Gosse, Russian Deli shop 'Teremok', Alex and Natalia Morozoff, Alla Ekzarkho and Vadim Kosse, Zhanna Harbachova, Svetlana Remington, etc.
Accompanied by the magicall voices of QRCC President Elena Gosse and Rita Kagan, guests then danced the night away. The MC, Constantin Drozdovski commented:
'Our Lena is the real star. We can rest assured – the Russian Centre is in good hands'.
At the end QRCC President Elena Gosse thanked all Committee Members and volunteers for their hard work and support during the flood and Masquerade preparation.
'Such events show the true spirit of our community', she said.
She also thanked Natasha and Vladimir Merkuloff for their continuous mentoring and support.
'Without their wisdom and support we would not survive the hard times', she adds.
Creative photographer Vladimir Leonov captured the highlights of the evening. Photos can be viewed here. If you would like to order any photo of your choice please contact Vladimir Leonov on firstname.lastname@example.org.