“Stagestruck!” Gala Opens Theatre Season With Flair

Madeline Porter
 | Sep 16, 2016

On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 10, SCR’s “Stagestruck!” Gala got underway—in a big way, as guests stepped through a dramatic arch and into The Westin South Coast Plaza’s East Galleria, replete with theatricality—a huge “Stagestruck!” backdrop and grand stages featuring costumes from select SCR productions.

As a musical duo played classic show tunes and cool jazz, more than 240 of the Southland’s theatre-loving movers and shakers greeted old friends, met new ones, snapped “selfies” at the stages and were encouraged to post them to social media.

In the stunningly theatrical ballroom, with luxurious sapphire-blue drapery and light box columns, huge screens continually showed visuals from past SCR productions.  And, to the delight of the crowd, they were interspersed with the “selfies” taken only minutes before.

During the evening, guests dined, danced, and cheered greetings from Board President Alan Slutzky, co-CEOs Marc Masterson and Paula Tomei and Gala Executive Chair Sally Anderson, who announced that the event ​was projected to raise $300,000 for SCR’s artistic and education programs.

In keeping with the theatrical theme, guest star Nicole Parker—a graduate of SCR’s Theatre Conservatory—enthralled partygoers with songs she had performed on Broadway and in theatres across the country.

The party continued as guests drifted from the dance floor to the East Galleria (transformed into an intimate lounge) and back, snapped a few final selfies and agree that “Stagestruck!” was a theatrical tour de force in celebration of the theatre they supported so generously.

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