ZACH's Topfer Theater celebrates opening

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by MELISSA MAHADEO / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on October 1, 2012 at 7:23 AM

AUSTIN -- In a city known for its art, it is no surprise that hundreds of locals would attend the celebration of Austin's newest theater: the Topfer Theater.

"The community has been so generous in helping us raise funds. I think we have raised about $20 million so far," says ZACH managing director Elisbeth Challener.

Equipped with an orchestra pit, 420 seats, a rain garden, two full bars and a 'Romeo and Juliet'-style balcony, Challener says it was only fitting to celebrate all that the Topfer Theater is bringing to Austin.

Not even the rain would stop the celebration. Guests arrived with umbrellas in one hand and an appetite for art in the other.

"Dallas and Houston have their own regional theaters and now it is Austin's turn. With our growth as a community and a city, this is the next logical step in our cultural lives," producing artistic director Dave Steakley said.

ZACH artists said it offers artistic diversity fit for Broadway in the intimate setting that Austin prefers.
 

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