One of the nation’s oldest continuously operating community theaters celebrated its 85th anniversary Saturday night.
The 1928-themed gala “All that Jazz” was held at the Akron Woman’s City Club, with proceeds benefiting Coach House Theatre’s capital campaign.
“Since we started in 1928, the last year of the flapper era, we thought that might tie in well with our anniversary,” Chair Dona Bowman said.
Bowman added that even the meal would reflect the time, with fruit as the first course. Fruit cocktail was introduced in the late 1920s.
About 100 people attended the gala, which included Charleston dance demonstrations by the Anita Converse Dance Studio. Tables were decorated with Eiffel Tower vases filled with carnations and roses and a pearl accent from the 1920s.
The committee included Sandy Conley, Verna Friend, Linda Gauer, Jean McCurry, Nancy Rosche, Mary Jo Stasell and Diane Vukovich.
“My mother wore this dress before I was born, somewhere between 1925 and 1930,” Stasell said of her ensemble.
Former Cuyahoga Falls High School teachers Carol Fedorovich, Peg Shaffer and Kay Glowski have been friends for more than 40 years and were looking forward to a fun evening.
Handing out candy cigarettes and selling tickets to the raffle were Melanie Korman Roddy and Tess Burgler.
Joe Pine said, “I actually wear the suit that I have on but I just added the hat, pocket watch and wing-tipped shoes.”
“I’m an artist and I love the theater,” said attendee Mary Sanders.
Mingling in the crowd were Lucy Lodge, Patty Norval Donald, and Betty Lang and Karlan Kamerer. “I loved the music of that era with the big bands,” Kamerer said.
“I can’t believe that Coach House has been around so long and they are still going strong,” Madeline Bozzelli said.