Friday, September 18, 2015

"Encore! Encore!"—Revisit the Dazzle of the 2015 Gala

Guests stepped onto a colorful runway as they arrived at South Coast Repertory’s 2015 Encore! Gala last weekend. Treated to lively jazz music played by Jet Set Quintet in the park, followed by a sumptuous meal and swanky sounds of NOVA Music LA in The Westin’s Plaza Ballroom (where the Bling Divas literally kicked things into high gear), the evening wrapped with dancing in Club Encore! on The Westin’s rooftop.

Costume vignettes at the ballroom entrance greeted guests. The costumes, bright shades of blue, came from SCR’s 1998-99 production of Tartuffe; and that was paired with an “encore” costume from the 2013-14 production of Tartuffe. Many guests enjoyed taking pictures with the costumes.

The beautiful teal and fuchsia colors of the event complimented the array of colorful black ties and exquisite gowns. The evening began as guests sipped on Le Grand Courtâge champagne and signature cocktails created by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and enjoyed tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, such as caviar-topped purple potato crisps and petite lamb chops. Stunning floral centerpieces on the dinner tables were custom creations from Floral Creations by Enzo. The three-course dinner featured a duet of filet mignon and rosemary-skewered shrimp, capped by a decadent trio of desserts that included a pomegranate sorbet and flourless chocolate cake with white chocolate truffle garnish.

During the dinner, cheers erupted when Gala Committee Chair Socorro Vasquez announced that the Gala had raised a projected net of $350,000 to support SCR’s education and outreach programs.

Not to be outdone, Club Encore! on The Westin’s rooftop glittered and rocked as guests danced into the night, with conga and line dancing only part of the fun. Laser lights, Extreme DJ mixing tunes, sweet treats and endless libations made for a memorable affair. Clubbers lounged on the stylish and comfortable furnishings courtesy of Room & Board, indulged in mouthwatering macarons by ‘Lette and cooled off with gelato from Mangiamo Gelato Caffe.

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