Saturday, March 14, 2020

Benefit Dinner & Performance

Cocktail Reception 


Seated Dinner


Premier of 

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill


The Bay Street Players is pleased to announce the inaugural edition of Play Your Part, an annual benefit dinner and performance supporting the operational needs of The State Theatre of Eustis, FL on Saturday, March 14, 2020. 


Play Your Part will take the form of an outdoor benefit dinner along Magnolia Avenue in the heart of Downtown Eustis. The Theatre is committed to bringing awareness to its neighboring businesses, and Play Your Part will feature a menu showcasing the food and drink of restaurants in its community. A special premier performance of the Tony Award-winning musical Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, based on the life of legendary performer Billie Holiday, will immediately follow the dinner.


100% of proceeds from Play Your Part will directly benefit the Julia Nora Vatter Technical Theatre Fund, which was established in 2009 in the legacy Julia Nora Vatter, an active member of the theatre’s community whose life was sadly lost at a young age. The fund supports the ongoing technical needs of the theatre—often the most costly operational expenses. In coming years, Play Your Part will support various other programs at the theatre, including the Ed Dawkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, a need-based scholarship awarded to students to offset the cost of tuition for the Bay Street Players Young People’s Theatre, among the longest running youth theatre education programs in the nation.


Tickets to Play Your Part are $100 for an evening featuring a three-course dinner, inclusive of drinks, and seating at the premier of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, directed by Carlos Francisco Asse. A special raffle, in collaboration with Merry Jewelers of Downtown Eustis, will be offered to ticket holders with the chance to win a unique set of jewelry valued at $3,500.


Tickets to Play Your Part can be purchased HERE and by contacting the box office at 352.357.7777 or

Monetary donations to Play Your Part in any amount are welcome and tax-deductible.

For more information about Play Your Part and The State Theatre, please contact Sue Wharff at

For press requests and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Joseph Vatter at

About the Bay Street Players at The State Theatre

The Bay Street Players at The State Theatre is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission, since its founding in 1974, is to provide quality entertainment to its community. The theatre carries out its mission via three primary goals: entertainment, education, and engagement. The theatre presents no less than five main stage productions each year, supplemented by a regular schedule of limited-engagements, benefits, and special events. The theatre brings cultural experiences to young people who have limited exposure to the arts by offering students the opportunity to learn in a live production environment through the Young People’s Theatre program, which has been continuously running for over forty years. The theatre provides a creative outlet for over 1,000 volunteers of all skill sets, and community engagement extends far beyond the theatre’s walls. The theatre consistently participates in many local events, including First Fridays, GeorgeFest, the African American Heritage Festival, and the Amazing Race for Charity, among others. In recent years, the theatre has hosted TedX Eustis and the Lake County Folk Festival. 

This evening is made possible through generous support from: The City of Eustis, CJ’s Seafood Company, El Marie, The Great Pizza Company, Magical Meat Boutique, Merry Jewelers, Night Owl Caribbean Cuisine, Peddler’s Wagon, Takis Restaurant, Tillie’s Tavern and Grill, Sol del Mexico, and Wolf Branch Brewing Company.