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A Wild 1970s Party

A glam 1970s party draws John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and white horses to Houston

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Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Sarah Jawda, Saba Jawda, horse
Sarah Jawda, left, and Saba Jawda Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Lauren Crone, Jeff Crone, from left, with Brandy Deutsch
Lauren and Jeff Crone, left, with Brandy Deutsch Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Leonard Rutan, from left, his daughter, Marni Ruton, and Dominic Cellitti. Leonard and Dominic are auction chairs
Leonard Rutan, from left, Marni Ruton and Dominic Cellitti Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Randy Powers, left, and Bill Caudell
Randy Powers, left, and Bill Caudell Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Saba Jawda, from left, Edward Sanchez and Sarah Jawda. Saba and Sarah are the after-party chairs
Saba Jawda, from left, Edward Sanchez and Sarah Jawda Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Ramiro Fonseca, left, and Tim Martinez
Ramiro Fonseca, left, and Tim Martinez Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Patti Murphy, Don Murphy
Patti and Don Murphy Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Minnette Boesel, Peter Boesel
Minnette and Peter Boesel Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Lori Priess, left, and Rita Monahan
Lori Priess, left, and Rita Monahan Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Libby Cagle, left, and Mauri Oliver
Libby Cagle, left, and Mauri Oliver Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Kathryn Smith, Jeff Smith, from left, with April Lykos
Kathryn and Jeff Smith, left, with April Lykos Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Jonathan Luke, left, and Gene Schulle
Jonathan Luke, left, and Gene Schulle Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Henrik Knudsen, left, and Larry Horton
Henrik Knudsen, left, and Larry Horton Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Greg Fourticq, from left, Tami Dias and Michael Landrum
Greg Fourticq, from left, Tami Dias and Michael Landrum Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, George Lancaster and Jennifer Roosth
George Lancaster and Jennifer Roosth Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Gabe Canales and Carolyn Farb
Gabe Canales and Carolyn Farb Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Chairs Shannon Hall, left, and Marcus Sloan
Shannon Hall, left, and Marcus Sloan Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Amy Sutton and honoree Gary Chiles
Amy Sutton and Gary Chiles Photo by © Gary Fountain
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Sarah Jawda, Saba Jawda, horse
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Lauren Crone, Jeff Crone, from left, with Brandy Deutsch
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Leonard Rutan, from left, his daughter, Marni Ruton, and Dominic Cellitti. Leonard and Dominic are auction chairs
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Randy Powers, left, and Bill Caudell
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Saba Jawda, from left, Edward Sanchez and Sarah Jawda. Saba and Sarah are the after-party chairs
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Ramiro Fonseca, left, and Tim Martinez
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Patti Murphy, Don Murphy
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Minnette Boesel, Peter Boesel
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Lori Priess, left, and Rita Monahan
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Libby Cagle, left, and Mauri Oliver
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Kathryn Smith, Jeff Smith, from left, with April Lykos
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Jonathan Luke, left, and Gene Schulle
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Henrik Knudsen, left, and Larry Horton
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Greg Fourticq, from left, Tami Dias and Michael Landrum
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, George Lancaster and Jennifer Roosth
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Gabe Canales and Carolyn Farb
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Chairs Shannon Hall, left, and Marcus Sloan
Stages Repertory Theatre gala, April 2013, Amy Sutton and honoree Gary Chiles

John Travolta was in the house — straight out of Saturday Night Fever. And so were a handful of disco versions of Michael Jackson, Olivia Newton-John and a coterie of bitchin' cool cats fresh from Studio 54 — without cocaine — who sparkled for Stage Repertory Theatre's 1970s theme bash Saturday night.

Rather than party hardy in some Hotel or generic event venue, chairs Shannon Hall and Marcus Sloan moved the gala to the theater lobby, where an ambitious silent auction organized by Dominic Cellitti and Leonard Rutan paved the way to a chipper al fresco dinner for 150 guests around the courtyard's water feature.

Tables in black and white bedecked with lanky neon bead centerpieces by Richard Flowers and The Events Company pimped "1978: Glitter & Glam!," highlighting the tenor of the era when the spirited theater company was founded.

 The duo of Bianca Jaggers on horseback were after party chairs Saba and Sarah Jawda — after all, that's how Jagger entered Studio 54 on the occasion of her 30th. 

A Xanadu-esque rollerblading dude — fitting as a musical based on the film will close Stages' 2013-14 season — amused and a quartet of songbirds serenaded diners in between courses prepared by Clark Cooper Concepts trio of restaurants (Brasserie 19, Ibiza Food & Wine Bar and Coppa Ristorante). The wine came courtesy of Max's Wine Dive and The Tasting Room.

Board chair George Lancaster and artistic director Kenn McLaughlin honored Gary Chiles with the Theodore Award for Leadership Excellence and urged the caposhi throng to dig deep and help underwrite the company's purchase of its River Oaks performing arts complex.

With all that wining and dining, seeing double wasn't out of the question. The duo of Bianca Jaggers on horseback were after party chairs Saba and Sarah Jawda — after all, that's how Jagger entered Studio 54 on the occasion of her 30th birthday. Hot to trot to keep this carouse boogieing, woogieing and oogieing at "The Factory" until the wee hours of the morning, the horseback pair ushered revelers indoors.

Chillaxin the night away were Amy Sutton, Don Mafrige, Nixon Wheat, Roland Maldonado, Cabrina and Steven Owsley, Cindy and Julian Langham, Jane Schmitt, Carolyn Farb, Gregory Fourticq Jr., Lauren Taft, Randy Powers, Bill Caudell, Erin and Mike Maggi, Allison and Miller Crosswell, Patricia Peckinpaugh Griffith, John Wilson, Janine Hildebrand, Edward Sanchez, Minnette Boesel, Gabe Canales, Kim Padgett and Jennifer Roosth.

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