ZACH Theatre’s Red, Hot & Soul Dazzles With Parisian Theme
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Charles Quinn Photography
THE SCENE: Zachary Scott Theatre was the setting for one of Austin’s most anticipated galas of the year, Red Hot & Soul. The 420 guests were treated to an experience that included dinner, dazzling performances and an epic after party. The theme corresponded to the theatre’s successful run of Sunday in the Park with George, set in 1880s Paris.
THE VIBE: The black-tie crowd featured a creative, Parisian flair that was felt the moment you walked into the lobby of ZACH’s Topfer Theatre. After cocktails in the lobby foyer, the très magnifique festivities moved to the Bobbi Pavilion where the fun continued. Celebrity florist David Kurio created one-of-a-kind Parisian décor with bold, colorful floral displays that popped against the pastel-chic tables. Partygoers were treated to a sumptuous meal catered by Four Seasons along with the evening’s program that featured performances from the ZACH Theater and Pre-professional companies.
The evening continued with a spirited live auction as well as a Fund-A-Dream paddles-up that raised over $400,000. Guests then made their way onto the Topfer Theatre stage for the Moulin Rouge-themed after party where revelers danced the night away. Ooh la la!
THE CAUSE: The evening, chaired by Richard Hartgrove and Gary Cooper with Bobbi Topfer serving as honorary chair, raised over $715,000 for ZACH Theatre. Each year over 115,000 Central Texans including over 50,000 children experience ZACH’s plays, musicals, and education and outreach programs.