Zachary Scott Theatre’s Annual Red, Hot and Soul Jazz Era Gala.
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Summer McWilliams Milliman
THE SCENE: The Zachary Scott (ZACH) Topfer Theatre and Bobbi Pavilion was the setting for over 400 of Austin’s theatrical and cultural elite gathered for a night of giving, laughing and touching live performances, with the theme, The Great Zachsby, an homage to Fitzgerald’s classic novel of the Jazz Age era’s decadence.
The evening began with a cocktail hour inside ZACH’s Speakeasy known to many as the Topfer Theatre Lobby and Serra Sky Lounge, where guests bid on silent auction items while enjoying a pre-program cocktail. Party-goers then ventured to the Bobbi Pavilion for a seated dinner which was highlighted by numbers performed by members of ZACH’s Children’s Theatre Troop.
After dinner that included a spirited live auction, attendees adjourned to the theatre for a lively program of musical numbers from members of ZACH’s performance repertoire, including a rendition Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” which brought the crowd to its feet. After the performances, everyone gathered at ZACH’s Speakeasy to party and dance the night away in a way that would have made those proud who lived through the 1920s.
THE VIBE: The black-tie evening featured dashing men in black and white dinner jackets, emblematic of the ‘20s era, while the ladies were wearing their best flapper-esque dresses and other luxe fashions that captured the essence of one of the most fun periods for style in our country’s history.
THE CAUSE: This year’s event, chaired by Bobbi Topfer and Armando Zambrano, raised over $573,000 for ZACH Theatre, which reaches more than 115,000 Central Texas residents annually; 37,000 of which are children who participate in ZACH’s education and outreach programs.