As a prelude to its 42nd season, the Ensemble Theatre held its annual Black Tie Gala, “Elevating the Arts,” honoring actress and actor of the year, Crystal Fox (“The Haves and the Have Nots) and Lamman Rucker (“Greenleaf”), respectively. Also honored were Wendy Armstrong (Rising Star), the Creuzot Family (Community Partner of the Year) and United Airlines (Corporate Partner of the Year). Ensemble leadership, Eileen Morris and Janette Cosley, along with gala honorary chairs Jarvis & Andrea Hollingsworth, presided over an incredible evening filled with music, celebration and performances previewing plays to be featured in the Ensemble’s upcoming season. Attendees included Mayor Sylvester Turner, Councilmember Amanda Edwards, Denise Bates, Laurie Vignaud, Kelly Rucker, Jackie Phillips, Damali Keith, Sharon & Larry Grant, Melanie Lawson and more.