Krewe of Iduna goes back to Roaring ’20s

Photos by Layne Photography -- Krewe of Iduna royalty are, from left, Ashlynn Horne, Abigail Gibson and Emma Rose Leger, pages; Monica Calandro, queen; Jennifer Machen, ball captain; Raymond Calandro, king; and Connor McGehee, James McCullen and Bennett Gibson, pages.
Photos by Layne Photography -- Krewe of Iduna royalty are, from left, Ashlynn Horne, Abigail Gibson and Emma Rose Leger, pages; Monica Calandro, queen; Jennifer Machen, ball captain; Raymond Calandro, king; and Connor McGehee, James McCullen and Bennett Gibson, pages.

The 1920s were roaring as the Krewe of Iduna welcomed “Flappers, Jazz and Deco Sass” into the Baton Rouge River Center at the group’s 53rd Mardi Gras Ball.

Reigning were King Bragi LIII Raymond Calandro and Queen Iduna LIII Monica Calandro.

Ball Captain Jennifer Machen began the celebration as Art Deco.

She was followed by his majesty dressed as Rudolph Valentino “The Sheik,” and her majesty as Roaring ’20s glamour

Serving as pages to the king and queen were Abigail and Bennett Gibson, the twins of Ben and Lisa Gibson; Ashlynn Horne, daughter of John and Shannon Horne; Emma Rose Leger, daughter of David and Jessica Leger; James McCullen, son of Troy and Karen McCullen; and Connor McGehee, son of Troy and Charlotte McGehee.

The 1920s theme continued as the ball captain and the royal couple welcomed the maids and dukes to complete the court. All were costumed to represent a different part of the 1920s culture.

Alexandra Nicole Webre and her father, Keith Louis Webre, arrived representing old Hollywood glamour. The maid, an honor roll junior at Episcopal High School, is also the daughter of krewe First Vice President Jennifer Doyle Webre, her court sponsor. She plays soccer and is a dancer.

Elizabeth Ann Gutierrez, presented as Annie Oakley, was accompanied by her father, David Arturo Gutierrez. She is a sophomore at St. Joseph’s Academy, where she attained All-District honors for soccer and is a member of math honor society Mu Alpha Theta. Her grandparents are the late Orlando Gutierrez, Georgina Grillo, Mercedes Gutierrez and Romeo Gutierrez Vela. Her mother, krewe member May Gutierrez, is her court sponsor.

Representing Jazz was Laura Kathleen Bogan, escorted by her father, Daniel C. Bogan. The maid is a junior at St. Michael High School in Baton Rouge, where she serves as an Ambassador. She is also the daughter of Jan Bogan and the granddaughter of Bill and Carla Nesbit, Barbara and Walter Bogan, and Bill and Julia Peters. Julia Peters, her court sponsor, was krewe ball captain in 1976.

Catherine Olivia Feltner, accompanied by her father, Mark Stephen Feltner, ushered in the era of the radio. A junior at LSU Laboratory School, she is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate and is a drum major in the marching band, Junior Class vice president and Key Club secretary. She is the granddaughter of Wayne and Janis Switzer and Cicero and Jo Ann Feltner. Her sponsor is her mother, krewe member Kim Feltner.

Arriving in ’20’s style as Amelia Earhart was Kimber Haleigh Schwartz on the arm of her father, Mickey Lee Schwartz. Schwartz, a sophomore honor student at St. Amant High School, is a Senior Girl Scout pursing the Gold Award. She is sponsored by her mother, krewe President Kimberly Kennedy Schwartz. Her grandparents include krewe member Joyce Sauer Kennedy, the late Melvin Schwartz and Julia Schwartz, and Robert and Kathryn Kennedy.

Escorted by her father, Daniel P. Teichman, Maid Marie Teichman took her bow representing the financial prosperity of the era. Teichman, also the daughter of Stephanie Teichman, is a freshman at Northeastern University in Boston. Her court sponsor, her grandmother, Ferne Loupe, was ball captain in 1990, and her mother was krewe queen in 1986.

Costumed couples and ladies in the krewe entertained guests with choreographed dance numbers and skits depicting various other themes from the ’20s . Among them were Ziegfeld Follies dancers at a cabaret, flappers demonstrating the Charleston, suffragettes protesting for women’s rights, and mobsters and molls proving they were “smooth criminals.”

Also introduced during the tableau were members of the 2012 Royal Court led by Roxanne Voorhies, past ball captain. They were King Bragi LII, Les Edward Caraccioli; Queen Iduna LII, Lauren Elizabeth Bond; returning royal maids Amanda Dorothy Bingham, Maria Christina Jarreau, Sally Alexandra Crick, Olivia Nealy Shafflet, Rebecca Ann Falgoust and Anna Loren Gill; and returning royal dukes Christopher Aaron Rosendahl, Mark Alan Jarreau, Christopher Joseph Crick, Dr. Anthony Millard Harton, Dr. Gerard Fernand Falgout and Daniel Paul Stepp.

Following the tableau, ball guests continued the celebration of the era as they danced the night away to the sounds of cover band Carbon Copy.

Master of ceremonies was Larry Rosendahl, assisted by Jane Morton. Donna Blanchard of Powell-Moise School of Dance choreographed the dance numbers, assisted by Lisa White. Carol Guion designed and executed the royal court and page costumes, and designed the krewe costumes. Krewe costumes were executed by Emily Camtu Couture and Camilla Ford.

Back and hand pieces were designed and executed by Patty, Bo and Danny Stepp and Emily Stepp Johnston. The stage was designed by Beryle “Bo” Stepp and executed by Jim Bussolati.

The theme logo was designed by Rachel Calandro. The stage and lighting were executed by Hayes Taylor of Taylor’d Events. Robert Blanchard of Premier Sound provided music and video for the tableau.

Serving on the Iduna Board of Directors are Jennifer Machen, ball captain; Kimberly Schwartz, president; Jennifer Weber, first vice president; Becky Krouse, second vice president; Alice Bahlinger, secretary; Denise Robichaux, treasurer; Rebecca Bradley, decorations and auditor; Jennifer Meyer, parliamentarian; Geri Pearson, member at large, and Roxanne Voorhies, past captain adviser.