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Act One

| November 2, 2012 | Parties

The ballroom at Surf City’s Hyatt Regency was transformed into a stage during South Coast Rep’s 34th annual Gala Ball—a fĂȘte that’s widely known as the kickoff to the social season. The cast of partygoers included chairwoman Beth Phelps, Michael Penn and Ashleigh Aitken, and George and Julia Argyros, who got to go behind the scenes for the night. Here’s what went down: Theatrical artisans checked guests’ hair, makeup and attire as they indulged on appetizers and sipped the signature cocktail (aptly named Stage Door Johnnie). Curtain call then signaled the main event—dinner, dancing and the news that it all netted $500,000. Bravo! Photography by Debora Robinson



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