AKRON, Ohio – The annual Spirits of the Civic event at the Akron Civic Theater will be themed the Great Gatsby Gala, taking guests back in time to celebrate the investment project and the grand reopening of the classic venue.
And from the perspective of the theater’s associate director, Val Renner, it’s a welcome and refreshing breath of fresh air as theaters, concert halls and other entertainment venues sing and dance in the spotlight once again. .
“It’s such a celebration,” she said. “It’s like stepping out of the dark ages. We just kept moving forward, and out of that darkness something very bright and light came out. “
The optional Black Tie Gala is Saturday August 14. The benefit evening will celebrate the theater’s historic roots in the 1920s and its revitalization a century later.
Live jazz and big band music will fill the air as the evening unfolds like a play:
Prologue: 5:30 p.m. – A champagne and caviar VIP reception will be held on the main stage of the auditorium. Guests will toast the Civic’s Staging the Future capital project. It aimed to raise $ 8.5 million; it grossed $ 9 million.
Act I: 6.30pm – The immersive gala begins as guests are greeted with signature cocktails (“Old Sport” and “The Daisy”, for those who remember F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 book, released four years before the built) and appetizers while listening to the sounds of the era in the restored grand hall and entrance arch. An online auction will feature over 100 items, including travel, adventure and dining experiences.
Act II: 7:00 p.m. – Dinner is served, stroll-style, with D’Agnese’s.
Act III: 9 p.m. – Guests can try decadent desserts in the main auditorium, dance on stage to the sound of a 12-piece orchestra, or karaoke.
Additionally, singers will perform 1920s songs in the Great Hall, and a pair of dancers will pass out along the Grand Staircase.
“We thought we were going to take her to another time and to a different, opulent and stylish place,” Renner said. “This describes this to a T.”
A jazz trio will perform on the John, James and Clara Knight Stage, a new 200-seat black box-style theater connected to the Civic in the Whitelaw Building. The building once housed a distillery, Renner said. The Knight Stage will host the upcoming Boom Theater, comedy, jazz, swing dancing and more.
“It’s beautiful,” Renner said. “It’s going to be entertainment everywhere.”
Tickets cost $ 150 (immersive gala) and $ 250 (VIP private reception and immersive gala). Tickets include valet parking near Bowery Street. Go online or call the theater, 330-535-3179. The Civic is at 182 S. Main St., Akron.
Proceeds from the 21+ event allow the theater to expand the performing arts programming that reflects the diversity and multitude of voices in Greater Akron.
Sarah Thomarios of Thomarios Inc. is the president of the gala. Brad Wright of Roetzel & Andress is President of Business Support. The honorary chairs are Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Summit County Director Eileen Shapiro.
“I’ve never seen an answer like this before,” Renner said. “The sponsors were great, helped us out, making sure we’re going to have a great gala.
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