The Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County welcomed an enthusiastic crowd supporting its work with youth in the community.
More than 125 guests converged upon the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar for a pre-holiday dinner and show billed as "Star Gala 2011." It raised $15,000 in funding for musical theater programs.
Producers transformed the OASIS auditorium into a winter wonderland replete with a forest of snow-covered lighted trees. Band leader Richard "Bugsy" Abraham welcomed the crowd with Christmas standards, as the staff of Blueberry Hill prepared and served a seasonal holiday dinner.
Following dinner, a troupe of 30 talented young performers entertained the crowd with a fully produced show directed by the Musical Theatre's Artistic Director Jimmy Hippenstiel.
MTA Board Chairman Sebastian Gutierrez and his wife, Amy, were front and center, joining guests Reva Kamins-Anderson, Martin and Margie Hubbard, Steven and Marian Fink, Neil Hinshaw, Phil Lisle and the John Link family.