What a great night at the Winspear! SMU Dallas Young Alumni kicked off itsMarch networking event with a happy hour at The Commissary in One Arts Plaza. Theupscale casual restaurant and bar with two patio areas was the perfect spot for our group. I loved getting to catch up with friends from my class as well as meeting alumni from other class years.
Just before 8pm, everyone walked over to the Winspear Opera House for the Tony Award winning production of In The Heights. I thought the show was great! It’s a fast-paced musical set in urban New York. It tells the story of a local community coming together to triumph over adversity. The singing and dancing was outstanding!
Until Tuesday night, I had never been to thisnew, red performance center downtown. It is amazing! There is no such thing as a bad seat at the Winspear. The design is truly inspirational inside and out. The Young Alumni staff got us backstage passes for a post-show tour. We met two of the show managers, who were thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in Dallas. They gave us the inside scoop on the set, props, and cast members. At the end of the tour, we got to stand on stage and experience the awe of the house lights front and center.
Thanks to everyone who came and made it a wonderful evening! We had a turnout of almost 90 young alumni.
As a Dallas resident, I love that I get to live in the city where I went to college. I’ve enjoyed getting involved with the Young Alumni program recently. I have been able to catch up with friends and acquaintances from school as well as meet other alumni. The staff selects awesome venues to host events! I’d like to extend a big thanks to Andrew, Lindsay, and Holly for coordinating the evening at the Winspear. And for all those out of town Mustangs reading this post, I encourage you to get involved in your city’s SMU alumni group. You’ll be glad you did!
Written by: Elizabeth Adams ’06 – Host Committee