“Mrs. Gould Welcomes Coco Chanel” Marks Springtime Return of the Mrs. Gould Series
Lakewood, N.J., March 14, 2017—Immerse yourself in the Gilded Age and attend one of Edith Kingdon Gould’s elegant tea parties as the popular springtime production of the “Mrs. Gould Welcomes” series makes its much-anticipated return to Georgian Court University this April through June. Produced by St. George Living History Productions, the interactive theater event once again features Tamara Koveloski reprising her role as Mrs. Gould for her spectacular 11th season. In this production, Mrs. Gould welcomes iconic designer and entrepreneur Coco Chanel, played by international performing artist Lisa Monde, to tea at the Georgian Court Mansion.
Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (1883–1971) was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. While her name is known worldwide, few people know her story. Born in Saumur, France, she was raised in an orphanage and taught to sew. She had a brief career as a singer before opening her first clothing shop in 1910. In the 1920s, she launched her first perfume and eventually introduced the Chanel suit and the little black dress, with an emphasis on making comfortable, stylish clothes for women. She was the founder and namesake of the Chanel brand and promises to be a delightful guest in the Gould home.
“In real life, Coco never revealed very much about herself. As a matter of fact, she went out of her way to fabricate elaborate fictitious tales about her childhood and early life,” says Sal St. George, founder of St. George Living History Productions. “Her story is a constant search for truth over fiction. What is the truth and what is a lie? Our audiences will have to decide for themselves.”
The production will take place at 11:30 a.m. on April 4, 5, 8, 11, 19, 20, 22 and 26 as well as May 2, 6, 10, 13, 18, and 20 and June 3, 6, 7 and 10 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) at the Mansion on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus. The cost is $45 per person and includes the performance and tea luncheon. Pre-purchase of tickets is required for all performances. For groups of 20 or more, please call for discount pricing. For more information, contact the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,300 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 33 undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. In 2015, GCU was named #25 among MONEY® magazine’s “Top 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and a Best Bang for the Buck School by Washington Monthly. GCU has also been recognized by The Economist and Colleges of Distinction and is a Military Friendly® School. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.