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Houston’s Most Theatrical Young Professionals Bring Back the 1980s — Richard Simmons, Pac-Man, Alf and More

Now, That's a Bodacious Bash

BY // 09.11.19
photography Jenny Antill Clifton

For all of its theatrical moments on stage, the Alley Theatre troupe of young professionals took story-telling to a colorful crescendo with its Opening Act Party themed “The Bodacious ’80s.” More than 350 enthused members of the theater’s SCENE group dressed retroactively creating a mise en scène reminiscent of the rocking Studio 54’s heyday.

The theater gyrated with the antics of Cher, Joan Jett, Beetlejuice, Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons, the Ghostbusters team, Devo and more.

Where the costuming left off, the stage set and entertainments picked up as The Events Company delivered on the psychedelic lighting and a throw-back arcade of retro games including Pac-Man, Centipede and Galaga. Welcoming guests was a “schweet” ice sculpture of Alf, accompanied by Jessica Rabbit, who poured drinks. DJ Senega rocked the ’80s tunes. Think Van Halen’s “Jump,” Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”

The party swept from the Hubbard theater lobby, where the costumed guests boogied; to the Skyline Lobby Bar for major munchies from City Kitchen and drink; to the Chao Terrace, transformed into a rad Purple Rain Rock Star Lounge attended by ’80s rockers including Prince, Billy Idol and Slash. The latter featured late-night whiskeys and cigars.

Applause, applause for chair Steven Carrell and his co-chairs Erik Asuncion, Kate Gunn Pagel and Brandon Weinbrenner who could have toasted the night with the “Bodacious ’80s” specialty cocktail — Revenge of the Nerds. The recipe: house-infused blue fruit punch liqueur, a splash of Squirt soda, and a topping of whipped foam and Nerds.

Congrats on the $150,000 raised for Alley artistic, education and community engagement initiatives.

PC Seen: Liz Ching, Lindsey Holcombe, Bobby Boswell, Denise Dubard, Marvin Conrad, Keri Boswell, Adam Douglas, Margaret and Brett Randall, Rachel Schwab, Eric Miller, Reese Anderson, C.C. and Duke Ensell, Katherine and Dillon Wilcox, Lekesha Warren, Amy Farrell, Elizabeth and Ben Smith, Stephanie and Adam Frey, Lala Alvarez, Patrick Myatt, Lisa Helper, Hopey Jacoby, and Jason Moninger.

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