Every season at South Coast Repertory begins with two special events. The first is a Patron Party to honor those who contribute significantly to the second—SCR’s Gala, which traditionally opens both the social and theatre seasons in Orange County.
On August 21st, SCR Trustee Sarah McElroy and her husband, Thom, opened their home to major Gala donors with a Patron Party that kicked off the 51st Season spectacularly.
Part of that spectacle was news of the upcoming “Grand Illusions” Gala and part was the McElroy’s mid-century modern home, designed by Steven Ehrlich at Ehrlich Architects, and built around a central open-air courtyard.
Strolling from one beautiful setting to another, guests sampled an array of scrumptious Crème de la Crème fare, set out in the expansive open kitchen, and gathered beside the pool to sip martinis, courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Later, they joined Board President Sophie Cripe, Gala Chair Olivia Johnson, Managing Director Paula Tomei and Artistic Director Marc Masterson to applaud the Gala Committee. “They continually put their hearts into planning ‘Grand Illusions’ to make our most fanciful visions become reality,” said Olivia, reminding guests that even the McElroy home reflected the Gala theme with its glass doors that pocket to reveal dramatic ocean views and create the illusion of being both outside and in.
“We’re all about illusions!” she added. “And just wait until you see the surprises we we’ve conjured up on Saturday, September 13, when we bring you a Gala inspired by SCR’s imaginative production of The Tempest.”
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