BY EMILY BASTAROLI
PHOTOGRAPHS BY KASSIE JACKSON
Ladies dressed in flapper dresses and feathers, and gentlemen wearing tails and double-breasted pinstripe suits filled the Twentieth Century Club’s Art Deco Ballroom for A Deco Affair: Puttin’ on the Ritz! What looked like a scene out of The Great Gatsby, the second annual gala benefited Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Educational and Young Artist programs, raising a total of $35,000 with 120 guests in attendance! The space was gorgeously decorated in Art Deco style with hundreds of ostrich feathers, says Opera Theater Artistic Director Jonathan Eaton. “It is the only Art Deco party in an actual Art Deco space,” he says. Attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour before dinner — guests’ choice of filet mignon, baked stuffed shrimp, or vegetarian portobello crepe lasagna — and dancing. Entertainment included a performance from the upcoming SummerFest season, as well as popular songs of the 1920s and ‘30s. Everyone did the Charleston and Fox Trot, and “danced the night away” to the sounds of the Robbie Klein Trio. Supporters took part in silent and live auctions, and posed for photos in the roaring ‘20s photo booth with vintage props and costumes. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh founder Mildred Miller Posvar presented “the flapper sisters,” Lynne Squilla and Cindi Squilla Bonomi, and SummerFest artist Kara Cornell with the evening’s Best Dressed awards.