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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.


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.

Written by Kevin Smothers

Kevin Smothers

Co-Founder and Editorial Director,
Austin Social Planner

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