ZACH Scott Theatre’s Unplugged Event Showcases Talented Ensemble
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Charles Quinn Photography
THE SCENE: Zachary Scott Theatre’s annual Unplugged gala, held on a picture perfect evening in Austin, was the setting for an evening of delectable food, great company and featured dazzling performances for which ZACH has become known.
The evening began as guests entered the Topfer Theatre lobby where attendees mingled with the ZACH performers during a fun and lively cocktail hour. Guests then adjourned to the Bobbi Pavilion for “dinner and a show” where guests dined on cuisine catered by 34th Street Café, while listening to performances showcasing the range of ZACH’s current roster of theatrical entertainment for the upcoming season. The evening culminated in a live auction where guests bid on various items including a pair of earrings donated by New York jeweler Peter Martino.
THE VIBE: The hip crowd donned their best Austin Chic attire, which blended perfectly with the picnic-themed, creating a relaxing environment to enjoy themselves. During the performances, which included an inspiring performance from the ZACH Pre-Professional company, the crowd rose to their feet adding to the feeling of community, family and inclusion synonymous with ZACH.
THE CAUSE: The event, co-chaired by Maria Groten, the Honorable Jim Pitts and Mary Tally, raised over $180,000 for the artistic programs of ZACH Scott Theatre. These programs serve over 115,000 Central Texans each year, of which 60,000 are youth.