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RECAP: Red, Hot & Soul – The Great ZACHsby

Year after year, ZACH Theatre presents its annual spring fundraiser, Red Hot & Soul. Now held annually on the Bobbi Plaza and inside the Topfer Theatre, the evening is an extravaganza of socializing, high-powered performances, and just plain ‘ole fun!

RedHotSoul_Jack and Carla McDonald

The 2014 installment, titled The Great ZACHsby, certainly didn’t disappoint. The 20s-era theme had party goers in a dandy mood, reflected mostly in the form of fringe and headdresses for the ladies…and bow ties for the gentlemen. Austin’s best and brightest showed up for a great evening, many on hand specifically to honor community stalwart and staunch arts supporter, James Armstrong,who was honored for his decades of philanthropy.

RedHotSoul_Performers

The dinner tent was austere compared to previous years, but right in line with the theme. Co-Chairs Bobbi Topfer and Armando Zambrano know the formula to this evening and kept a close eye on the proceedings as it played out to great success. They even made a grand entrance by being carried into the room on matching sedan chairs, a la the ancient Egyptians, which was sublimely over the top!

RedHotSoul_Larry and James

The simple and chic art deco table decor was a perfect juxtaposition to the many peacocks in the room. After a performance by the ZACH Pre-Professional Company, those assembled moved into the Topfer for an all-star performance and a tribute to Armstrong. As always, the event raised funds to support ZACH Theatre’s mainstage and educational programs.

RedHotSoul_Topfers_Armando and Bryan

Spotted among the revelers were James Armstrong and Larry Connelly, Pei-San and Daniel Brown, Sergio Durante and Michael Smothers, Carla and Jack McDonald, Candace and Michael PartridgeSamantha Slate and Brenda Thompson, and Mary and Rusty Tally.

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Written by Kevin Smothers

Kevin Smothers

Co-Founder and Editorial Director,
Austin Social Planner

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