Washington Performing Arts Society’s Spring Gala

Matthew Morrison onstage at the Washington Performing Arts Society spring gala. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
Daren Thomas and Jo Cooper tear up the dance floor while Morrison sings. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
Matthew Morrison sings “Maria” from “West Side Story.” Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
Three members of the WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir join Morrison for “Rocket Man.” Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
An Irish dance troupe from the Culkin School of Irish Dance started off the evening in a rousing fashion. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
The Culkin School Irish dancers in a rare moment of stillness. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
The Children of the Gospel Choir performing at the WPAS gala at the Ritz-Carlton West End. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
More than 640 guests attended the WPAS dinner, with ticket prices starting at $600. There was also a silent auction. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
Hallie and Jenny Bilfield, who is the new president of WPAS. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
Jenny and Hallie Bilfield get some face time with Matthew Morrison at the VIP reception before the WPAS gala. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
Former senator Trent Lott and his wife, Patricia. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
Carl Colby and Jay Hammer. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
Lyndon Boozer and Debra Lee. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
Morrison performs a song and dance. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
Morrison asked for a glass of Jameson, which was delivered to the stage almost instantaneously. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.
At the after-party, Matthew Morrison surprised WPAS fundraiser Daren Thomas with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

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