Smash Hit

Blonde Broadway beauty ensures Dallas Theater Center gala is a smash

Blonde Broadway beauty ensures Dallas Theater Center gala is a smash

Bruce Hoeksema, Megan Hilty, Yvette Ostolaza
Bruce Hoeksema, Megan Hilty, Yvette Ostolaza Photo by Daniel Drensky
Donna Wilhelm, Larry Lane, Gayle Halperin
Donna Wilhelm, Larry Lane, Gayle Halperin Photo by Daniel Drensky
Stephanie and Todd Anderson
Stephanie Anderson, Todd Anderson Photo by Daniel Drensky
Seth Rudetsky, Megan Hilty
Seth Rudetsky, Megan Hilty Photo by Daniel Drensky
Deedie Rose
Deedie Rose Photo by Daniel Drensky
Guests at the Dallas Theater Center Centerstage Gala 2015
The Wyly Theatre was transformed into a magical wonderland for the Centerstage gala. Photo by Daniel Drensky
Dr. Michael and Shelle Sills
Dr. Michael Sills, Shelle Sills Photo by Daniel Drensky
DJ Lucy Wrubel
Lucy Wrubel Photo by Daniel Drensky
Guests at the Dallas Theater Center Centerstage Gala 2015
A rousing live auction helped fill the DTC coffers. Photo by Daniel Drensky
Ann Hobson, Kit Sawers
Ann Hobson, Kit Sawers Photo by Daniel Drensky
Models at the Dallas Theater Center Centerstage Gala 2015
The Wyly Theatre was transformed into a magical wonderland for the Centerstage gala. Photo by Daniel Drensky
Alison Boren, Peter Dewar, Yvette Ostolaza, Bruce Hoeksema, Angela Fontana, Andy Szuwalski
Alison Boren, Peter Dewar, Yvette Ostolaza, Bruce Hoeksema, Angela Fontana, Andy Szuwalski Photo by Daniel Drensky
Christina and Michael Veitenheimer
Christina Veitenheimer, Michael Veitenheimer Photo by Daniel Drensky
Scott and Paula Orr
Scott Orr, Paula Orr Photo by Daniel Drensky
Nancy, Bob and Rachael Dedman
Nancy Dedman, Bob Dedman, Rachael Dedman Photo by Daniel Drensky
Kevin Moriarty
Kevin Moriarty Photo by Daniel Drensky
Hal and Diane Brierley
Hal Brierley, Diane Brierley Photo by Daniel Drensky
Bruce Hoeksema, Megan Hilty, Yvette Ostolaza
Donna Wilhelm, Larry Lane, Gayle Halperin
Stephanie and Todd Anderson
Seth Rudetsky, Megan Hilty
Deedie Rose
Guests at the Dallas Theater Center Centerstage Gala 2015
Dr. Michael and Shelle Sills
DJ Lucy Wrubel
Guests at the Dallas Theater Center Centerstage Gala 2015
Ann Hobson, Kit Sawers
Models at the Dallas Theater Center Centerstage Gala 2015
Alison Boren, Peter Dewar, Yvette Ostolaza, Bruce Hoeksema, Angela Fontana, Andy Szuwalski
Christina and Michael Veitenheimer
Scott and Paula Orr
Nancy, Bob and Rachael Dedman
Kevin Moriarty
Hal and Diane Brierley

The Wyly Theatre was the place to be on Saturday night for many of the city’s most theatrical philanthropists, who joined event chair Yvette Ostolaza, underwriting chair Kersten Rettig and honorary chair Jeanne Marie Clossey for the aptly named Centerstage 2015 gala benefiting Dallas Theater Center.

As guests mingled over cocktails and canapés in the lobby, stunningly costumed showgirls and boys serpentined their way through crowd, enticing patrons to purchase raffle tickets in the form of whimsically lit rings. When they ascended the stairs for dinner, attendees discovered the theater had been transformed into a magical art deco wonderland, where an almost translucent aerialist performed from a magnificently large chandelier.

After a delectable three-course dinner featuring a cleverly named Gatsby Trio and an extremely successful live auction, it was time for Broadway and television star Megan Hilty to take the stage.

Accompanied by radio host Seth Rudetsky, Hilty charmed the room with stories from her time on the boards and songs from crowd favorites such as Wicked, My Fair Lady and of course, hit NBC drama Smash. A rousing finale of Nine to Five brought guests — including DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty, Rebecca and Barron Fletcher, Julie and Ken Hersh, Diane and Hal Brierley, Tina and John Barry, Anne and Alex Smith, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Nancy Dedman, Rachael and Bob Dedman, Janie and Paul Cooke, Deborah McMurray, Glen Davison, and Stephanie and Todd Anderson — to their feet for a standing ovation.

Guests were still buzzing about Hilty’s Broadway belt at the after-party as they danced the night away with the incomparable DJ Lucy Wrubel.

Each year, Dallas Theater Center presents Centerstage to raise funds for its artistic and educational programming. Centerstage provides critical funding so the DTC can fulfill its mission of both high-quality theater and significant community outreach.