Gala 2021

First-Ever Gala a Joy-Filled Success!

230 attendees, 70  donors, 52 silent auction items, 38 very generous sponsors, 7 beautifully decorated trees, 6 holiday show performances, 4 magical hours – and a room overflowing with an abundance of love and energy! That was the essence of the first-ever Talent Machine Company Gala, celebrated on November 20 in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Holiday Show.

The event generated valuable funds to support the Company’s work now and into the future to give of children and teens of the region the chance to experience the joy and power of musical theater.

Many thanks to Rich Osikowicz for creating this delightful Gala Photo Gallery. 

Heartfelt Thank You

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate The Talent Machine Company’s 30 Years of Holiday Magic! … Tonight is about the future – our future. It is about what we can all do together, building on my mother’s vision for children’s theater.”

Lea Capps, TMC President

The Power of Energy

“My mother believed in energy. She believed that our own personal energy has the power to change the moment – and maybe even the world. All of you are changing this moment for our Company. We look forward to staying connected with you!”

Lea Capps

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Generous Sponsors Brought Gala to Life

The outpouring of support from our Gala sponsors made the evening a special one for alumni, parent volunteers, current cast members, and members of our community who enjoy our shows year after year. We greatly appreciate the support of the following Gala Sponsors.

Energy Circle Presenting Sponsor ($10,000)

  • Lisa Rodgers (Daughter of Company Founder Bobbi Smith, shown here on the left with her sister, Company President Lea Capps)

Santa Level Sponsors ($5,000) 

  • Johansen Family
  • Potter Burnett, Attorneys at Law
  • Tidman Family

Frosty Level Sponsors ($2,500)

  • Conkling Foster CPA
  • Grindrod Family
  • Martini Family
  • Mary Porter
  • St. John Properties, Inc.
  • World of Beer

Magic Makers ($1,000)

  • Associated Italian American Charities
  • ChasenBoscolo
  • Barry P. Gossett
  • Krepps/Rector Family
  • Karen Lerario
  • Alex, Debbie & Chris Murphy
  • Raley Family
  • Small Family
  • The Valente Law Group

Santa’s Elves ($500)

  • A.L. Goodies
  • Arbogast Family
  • Arthur Law Group
  • Amy & Dan Clements
  • Law Offices of Vicki Dexter, LLC
  • Friedman Family
  • J & G Landscape Design
  • Law Offices of Markey & Orsi
  • Kathleen McDonald & Chuck Kerr
  • Podiatry Group of Annapolis
  • Julie Seaman
  • Sims/Stanford Family
  • Martin J. Snider
  • Sonntag TMC Family
  • Sprandel/Thibault Family
  • Van Wormer Family
  • L. Lee Voegler
  • What’s Up? Media
  • Michael Winkelman & Wytonja Curry

Now you can own your own copy of Front Row Center, the Talent Machine film that premiered at the Gala. Buy Now.

Donors & Foundations Make a Difference

In addition to our Gala sponsors, we are very grateful for the generous grants and overall donor support we receive throughout the year. A very special thank you to the following grant funders:

  • The Helena Foundation
  • The MHE Foundation
  • The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County

Arts Council Grant SupportThis support has made it possible for The Talent Machine Company to fulfill its mission throughout the year.

And a special thank you to our all of our 2021 Talent Machine Company donors.

Tony Aguilar ~ Kassidy Allen ~ Danielle Basilio ~ Darren Biggart ~ Lisa Brabazon ~ Katie Brown ~ Kelly Brown ~ Heather Carroll ~ Compass Stone & Tile, LLC ~ David Covington ~ Curbelo Family ~ Jessica Daigle ~ John Dexter ~ Natalie Dixon ~ Earl Family ~ Abbie Ellicott ~ Megan Arts Evans ~ Mary Ewenson ~ Amy Fleming ~  Rick Gangloff ~ Jill & Richard Garrity ~ Joanne Gingerich ~ Jacquelyn Grattan ~ Nancy Greco ~ Whitney Green ~ Sara Gunderson ~ The Helena Foundation ~ David R. Herron ~ Hess Family ~ Kristen Hutchinson ~ Joseph M. Jernigan ~ Enzo & Theresa Leone ~ Limansky Family ~ Brian Love ~ Mary Martin ~ Cheryl & Kevin McCarty ~ Conor McCarty ~ Bridget McMahon ~ Miller Family ~ Richard Meyer ~ Jessica Murphy ~ Thomas A. Neal ~ Michelle Nellum ~ Nester Family ~ Kevin & Chris O’Connor ~ O’Neil Family ~ Lisa & David Ossman ~ Leigh Ottenbacher ~ Paula Overton ~ Jannette Talbot Owen ~ Travis Pastrana ~ Katie Peacock ~ Cathy D. Pette ~ Debbie Potter ~ Therese Prince ~ Jodi and Jerry Roberts ~ Dr. Suzanne Sankey ~ Karen Sehemmel ~ John Simpson ~ Khristine Smith ~ Susan, David & Gillian Smith ~ Rick Steinmetz ~ VanBourgondien Family ~ Sally Van Zandt ~ Melissa Vogelsinger ~ Don, Tesss & Caleb Williams ~ Lisa & Mark Zobrisky

A special thank you also to:

  • The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel for their unending patience and guidance as we planned our first Gala.
  • Beltway Transportation for providing shuttle service this year to and from our Holiday Magic shows at Indian Creek School.
  • Phillip Edgerly for producing “Front Row Center,” the amazing short film about TMC.







With every production, we see what musical theater does for casts and audiences alike. It is empowering, uplifting, joyful. It is about community, teamwork, dedication and yes, energy. That is The Talent Machine Company.
Lea Capps.