Red Hot & Swingin’

ZACH’s Hairspray-Themed Go-Go Gala

BY: Lance Avery Morgan
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Tony Speilberg and Chase Martin

If you didn’t attend Zachary Scott Theater’s 2011 gala, Red, Hot & Soul: You Can’t Stop the Beat!”, then Baby Love, you missed out on a swingin’ affair. The Hilton Austin was transformed ala’ Mad Men and Hairspray, circa 1962, with the era’s attire worn in full force by the guests. The theater’s creative team of people, never missing a beat, literally… even sent out a resource and style guide to help Kennedy-era newbies scout their attire.

This attention to details with the Hairspray music as the theme of the evening, Go-Go girls and boys danced from cages in bright pink and printed garb, as well as performing when live auction items were won in the audience later in the evening. When the live auctions were bought, the audience went wild as the dancers and singers popped champagne and cavorted among the winning recipient’s table.Yes, groove-tastic entertainment was featured, including an exclusive sneak peek at ZACHs latest musical d’force, Hairspray.

What’s not to love about the city’s most fun and show-bizy shebang? The zealous crowd of almost a thousand danced – and Twisted – the night away with the Atlantics featuring ZACH’s own Courtney Sanchez and Roderick Sanford.

The evening’s event chairs Mary Herr Tally and Maria Groten and honorary chairs James Armstrong and Larry Connelly worked tirelessly to make the party hum to poppin’ beat. Jeff and Deanna Serra also pledged a gift of half a million dollars toward the completion goals of the upcoming Bobbi and Mort Topfer theater on the ZACH grounds.

And, just when we didn’t think last year’s event couldn’t be topped, this one was a spectacular example of how The Little Regional Theater That Could raises the bar to create funds for the new Bobbi and Mort Toper theatre that will be completed in mid-2012. We raise our martini glass again to ZACH’s leaders Dave Steakley and Elisbeth Challener, their team and board for creating a vision for the entire city to enjoy.


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