There are a small handful of fundraisers that can hit every high note and turn the whole evening into pure magic. This year’s Xanadu-themed Red, Hot and Soul for ZACH Theatre was that and more.
It was my first venture to this annual event, but I had heard praises of the evening for years. Bobbi Topfer and Larry Connelly were chairs this year, and you just can’t go wrong with that.
From the moment you walked into the ballroom at the Hilton Austin, you were immediately thrust into a world of disco beats, satin jumpsuits and dazzling shirts of glitter and sparkles. People took this theme seriously!
The cocktail hour DJ spinning was intertwined with performance vignettes from the upcoming Xanadu musical. Once seated for dinner, we were treated to additional performances, a preview of the 2012/13 season in the new Topfer Theatre and a live auction with Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo.
I absolutely loved one element of the live auction. Whenever a guest won an auction item, a gaggle of disco-dressed darlings ran up to the winner’s table and would start an impromptu dance party.
It’s no wonder that the dance floor immediately filled once the presentation ended and DJ Manny started up the music.
No one had to tell you that You Should be Dancing…yeah!
Venue: Hilton Austin
Event Planners: ZACH Theatre staff
Event Consultants: Creative Consultants
Floral: David Kurio
Entertainment: ZACH Xanadu cast, ZACH Pre-Professional Troup, DJ Manny