King Cimmer LXIV, Clayton John Dailey and his Queen, Denise Dugan Maddie
The Town Club’s Premier Legacy Couple: Duke Larry Spaetgens and Maid Reneé Armentor Chastant as “Hot Blooded Vampires”
Duke Dylan Romero and Maid Christina Fogleman Doty as the “Invisible Man” and his “Traveling Companion”
Duke Mitch Hollier and Maid Heather Jo Habetz Emerson as the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” and a “Bathing Beauty”
Duke Jonah Trumps and Maid Heidi Gail Rasberry as the “Werewolf” and the “Maid in the Woods”
Duke Troy Sarsfield and Maid Pharabie Comeaux as “Frankenstein” and his “Bride”
Royal Pages, kneeling from left, Ryen Ardoin, Claire Brodhead; standing, Hank Trisler and Lawson Monk
Mardi Gras royalty crowned
The 64th Annual Krewe of Town Revelers’ Carnival Ball was held on Saturday, March 2, at the International Rice Festival Building in Crowley.
Under the direction of Angie Goff, assisted by Lynn Spell, the audience was swept away to another dimension where an uncanny experience was had by all with “Tales from the Cimmer Zone.”
Reigning over this year’s Mardi Gras revelry was King Cimmer LXIV, Clayton John Dailey, and his Queen, Denise Dugan Maddie.
His Majesty, the King, is a 1978 graduate of Crowley High School, and he earned an associate’s degree in drafting and design technology from LSUE. He is currently a licensed locksmith for Special Locking and the owner of Acadiana Access Controls, a specialized automated gate business. As a community volunteer, he has been a T-ball coach, a pack leader for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and a stroke and turn judge for area swim leagues. He is currently a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1897.
In 2003, Dailey served as a duke on the court of King Cimmer the 48th, Dean Bergeaux, and his Queen, Patti Brammer. As an active member of the Krewe of Town Revelers, he is always willing to put on a costume and participate in the krewe’s carnival celebration as a Showstopper, an emcee or an extra. As the Permanent Marquee Chair, he has designed and built many entrances for the Krewe of Town Revelers’ Mardi Gras productions. He served on the Crowley Town Club Board of Directors for six years, three of those as the club’s president.
The son of the late Dorothy Luquette Dailey and Lloyd Dailey, he is the father of John Dailey, Adrienne Dailey Autin and Leah Dailey, and he is married to Queen to King Cimmer the 60th, Ellen Benoit Dailey .
Her Royal Highness, the Queen of the Night, Denise Dugan Maddie, was born and raised in Crowley and is a 1973 graduate of Crowley High School. She holds an associate’s degree in business administration from LSUE, where she became a member of the LSUE Advisory Committee following her graduation. She is as an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she sings in the Chancel Choir.
Maddie has been involved in the medical field for over 40 years. As a member of the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators, she serves on the Small Practice Group Committee and the State Rep Committee and is a participant in the Annual Conference. She is the office manager for Dr. Mark Petitjean in Crowley, as well as the billing clerk for Dr. Joshua Mammen in Crowley.
In 2011, Maddie was the “Tigress” maid on the “Wild Side” court of King Cimmer the 56th, Marvin Constantin, and his Queen, Becky Broussard Lamm. A member of the Krewe de Les Dames, she has been the secretary for the past four years, and through her camera lens she has captured the very best of The Krewe of Town Revelers’ Mardi Gras celebrations since 2011.
The daughter of the late Warren “Buddy” Dugan and Violet Foreman Dugan, she is the mother of Rusty Maddie, Kim Maddie Knight and Lauren Maddie Bischoff and “MeMe” to six grandchildren.
The evening began with the National Anthem sung by Kasey Guchereau. Masters of Ceremonies Jay Suire and Shane Goff introduced past royalty and the returning 2018 royalty, King Cimmer LXIII, Larry DuBose, and his Queen, Tina Reaux, and their Court of Cimmer Studios.
The hosts of the show, The Krewe of Town Revelers, set the tone as zombies in various forms of decay. Revelers included Ball Captain Greg Jones, Andy Ardoin, Chris Brammer, Hank Capel, Bryan Comeaux, Shannon Guidry, Benji Guillot, Ronnie Owens, Ted Reaux, Kyle Richie, Terry Shuff and Bubba Vercher.
The evening began as two girls, Marishka and Una, lost and searching for a way home, stumbled upon an otherworld, a world suspended in time, filled with strange characters and unfamiliar sights. Their first encounter was with a group of trolls who arrived on a float inside a large mushroom in a kaleidoscope of color.
The trolls were actually the pages to the King and Queen, and they performed to lively music and stood ready to meet the royalty. The colorful troll pages were Hank Trisler, son of Paul and Gina Trisler; Lawson Monk, son of Jason and Elizabeth Monk; Ryen Ardoin, daughter of Andy and Jessica Ardoin; and Claire Brodhead, daughter of Britt and Jamie Brodhead.
Representing the King of the Night, Cimmer LXIV, Clayton John Dailey, was announced. He was handsome in a floor length coat of moonlight iridescent liquid fabric trimmed in platinum gold and accented with emerald-shaped navy rhinestones. He carried a fleur de lis tipped gold scepter, and his crown was adorned with majestic Knights Templar crosses adorned with three-dimensional golden lion heads alternating with layered fleurs de lis outlined with tiny stones.
The Queen of the Night, Denise Dugan Maddie, was simply breathtaking in an elegant navy peau de soi fabric dress with shimmering moonlight gathered side panels and full length sheer glittered sleeves. The bodice was iridescent black and gold lame with beaded branches wrapping around her torso. She wore a full gold crown bedecked with old world Tiffany crystal stones and matching necklace, earrings and scepter.
The King and Queen wore identical collars fashioned loosely in the shape of bat wings and constructed of black and gold lame featuring beaded branches that wrapped around to the back. Their trains displayed the ball logo amidst an eerie wood with the moon set between branches on a navy and platinum gold trimmed background.
The King, Queen and pages took their places on the royal dais amid a cluster of gold glittered trees and gothic doorways, awaiting the performance of their royal court.
Dukes and maids were then presented, each portraying a creature of various lore, nightmares and, of course, their prey.
The lost girls appeared in a sinister tryst with a mesmerizing vampire, the first duke, who captures Una with a trance and turns her into a vampire who becomes the first maid. Marishka was then left alone to journey through The Cimmer Zone.
Serving as the very first “Legacy Couple,” and representing a pair of “Hot-Blooded Vampires,” were Duke Larry Spaetgens and Maid Renee Armentor Chastant. As a Legacy Couple, both had served on previous courts, Spaetgens on the court of 1997 and Chastant on the court of 2007. Spaetgens is married to Queen to Cimmer the 62nd, Karen Spaetgens, and Chastant is married to Sonny Chastant.
As the audience awaited the next couple, Marishka encountered a bevy of witches that conjured up an invisible man, who was paired with an elegant traveler awaiting a train.
Duke Dylan Romero portrayed the “Invisible Man.” Romero is a customer service associate for Lowes and serves as a first responder and volunteer fireman in Crowley. Maid Christina Fogleman Doty acted as his “Traveling Companion.” She is a retired office manager, the daughter of Queen to Cimmer the 45th, Gloria Fogleman, and married to Greg Doty.
Once again the lost girl appeared, her terrifying search continuing deeper into the unknown when she found a body of water and a life raft. Thinking this could be her way out of the terrifying Cimmer Zone her ill-fated plan led her right into the path of the “Creature from the Black Lagoon.”
The “Creature” was portrayed by Duke Mitch Hollier, and the “Bathing Beauty” was played by Maid Heather Habetz Emerson. Hollier is the father of one son and is an independent agent for State Farm Insurance in Crowley, while Emerson, who is married to Logan Emerson and the mother of one son, works as a customer service and sales representative for John N. John Truckline.
The evil that Marishka was warned against continued to come to life before her eyes, and she came to the realization that the Cimmer Zone was filled with humans who had been transformed into other beings. As she traveled through yet another dimension, she encountered a sounder of very humanlike swine being chased by a werewolf.
Duke Jonah Trumps came out as the “Werewolf” and performed with the pigs of all types, one going to market, one in a blanket, one with wings ready to fly and one hollering “Wee, wee, wee.” All danced to the music “Brick House,” and the song ended with the “Werewolf” chasing one of the pigs into a small house that collapsed, revealing the “Red-Hooded Maid of the Woods” Heidi Rasberry, who performed a sassy rendition of “Momma Knows Best.”
Trumps is a senior pipeline integrity specialist for NVI and Pipeline Safety, while Rasberry is the owner of Second Street Hair Salon in Iota.
The zombies appear again, each carrying various body parts in a fateful march to a creepy laboratory staffed by a couple of forensic madmen. The scientists fashion all of the parts into “Frankenstein,” who, to their delight, came alive. Meanwhile, Marishka, exhausted, once again fell into the hands of the coven of witches and, ultimately, the mad scientists. Marishka was captured, fastened to a gurney and transformed into the “Bride of Frankenstein.”
Representing “Frankenstein,” Duke Troy Sarsfield rose to life and performed, after which a simple turn of the gurney revealed Maid Pharabie Trahan Comeaux.
Sarsfield is a photographer, a graphic designer and the owner of Sketchy Souls, a custom design and silk screening company. Comeaux is a rural carrier associate for the United States Postal Service and is married to Bryan Comeaux.
The music finale performance was followed by the traditional 2019 Court Throw, Promenade and Grand March of the courts of King Cimmer LXIII and King Cimmer LXIV, as well as a toast by Reveler Captain, King Cimmer LI, Hank Capel, to King Cimmer LXIV, his Queen and the Court of 2019.
Extras included Laurie Suire as Marishka, Christine Fulton as Una, Judy Capel, Casey Goff, Joshlynn Guidry, Sandra Marx, Phyllis Owens, Katie Chiasson, Lydia Frey, Amber Jones, Kelly Bergeaux, Patti Brammer, Nicole Cannon, Belle Leleux, Jessica Ardoin, Lisa Dupuis, Patricia Wilson, Darlene Scarborough, Troy Frey, Adam Dupuis, Tim Gossen, Kevin Spell and Don Marx.
Director of this year’s ball was Angie Goff. Assistant director was Lynn Spell. Ball captain was Greg Jones. Backstage/Reveler costumes director was Casey Vercher. General coordinator was Heidi Vincent.
Other committee chairs included Elliot Doré, Royalty; Hank Capel, Reveler Captain; Katie Chiasson, Krewe de les Dames Captain, Publicity; Angie Goff and Karen Thibodeaux, Costumes; Marlene Thibodeaux, Court Assistant; Sandra Marx, King’s Luncheon; Donna Landry, Page Assistant; Ellen Dailey, Script; Dolores Nutt, Choreography; Angie Goff and Blane Faulk, Music and Sound; Jimmy Broussard, Reece Guillot and Wayne Wild, Spotlights; Kevin Spell, Props; Larry Chiasson, South Stage Decorations; Krewe de les Dames, Decorations; Court of 2017, Entrance Decorations; David Wilson, Graphics and Video; Cathy Savant, TC media; Judy Guillot, Publicity Journalist; Laurie Suire and Judy Guillot, Program; Carey Lawson, Invitations/Reserved Seating/Online Ticketing; J.C. Webb Photography, photography; Joshlynn Guidry, T-shirts and Gifts; LaKayla Stelly, Bar; Lynn Spell, Queen’s Luncheon; Revelers, Parade and Videography.