If you’re looking for a glamorous night out with dazzling entertainment, dancing, drinks and food, you’ve come to the right article. We’ve curated a little list of some of the best upcoming theater galas and fundraisers in Pittsburgh this spring that you’ll surely want to attend. Dust off your dancing shoes for a night to remember, all while supporting local organizations!
Q Ball 17, “Painting with Light” – Quantum Theatre
February 25 | Union Trust Building
Quantum Theatre hosts an annual event called the “Q Ball.” This year’s theme, “Painting with Light” involves live paintings from 19th century artists! There will be food from Black Radish Kitchen, drinks, art, dancing, and more creative surprises. Here’s what Quantum has to say about the event: “The Q Ball provides an opportunity for Quantum’s very imaginative artist friends to let their hair down and make a beautiful, wild party atmosphere filled with live performance. Add to that our tradition of transforming non-traditional environments, and I think you get a pretty special event! This year we’re inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painters, because a play we’re making for next season intersects with them, so we’re building these marvelous ‘tableaux’ – live versions of the paintings people can step into.” The Q Ball promises to be a wild, imaginative evening.
BUS – Bricolage Production Company
March 11 | August Wilson Theater
One of the most unique fundraisers in town is Bricolage’s BUS fundraiser. This is an adventurous mix of theater, VIP Gala, auctions, food, drinks, and community. The theater element truly stands out: bringing together some of Pittsburgh’s top theater artists to create original plays in just 24 hours! Yes- you can watch theater form and be performed all in one event!
Thoughts from Bricolage Artistic Directors, Jeffrey Carpenter and Tami Dixon: “beyond a chair in the dark and mere suspension of disbelief, we have always preferred theater that was somewhat dangerous to behold. So when it came time to fashion a fundraiser that would fulfill our financial goals while maintaining our adventurous identity, the traditional route of live-auction-dinner-gala just wouldn’t do.”
Gala Cubana – Pittsburgh Festival Opera (formerly the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh)
April 22 | Pittsburgh Golf Club, Schenley Park
If you’re in the mood for something a bit more tropical to ease you out of winter, why not try “Gala Cubana” with the newly renamed Pittsburgh Festival Opera? This event is a “celebration of Cuban culture,” with food, drinks, dance (of course) and exclusive performances of the first Cuban opera in decades- Cubacan. Mingle with Pittsburgh Festival Opera organizers and tap your toes to Afro-Cuban melodies.
This is one of the most unique themes of the season, certain to transport you to a tropical, cultural paradise. Keep an eye on their website for tickets and more information!
Gods & Goddesses Gala – Pittsburgh Public Theater
May 5 | Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh
“The Public’s annual Spring gala has become a must-attend event for arts lovers, socialites, and party animals,” Pittsburgh Public Theater leader, Ted Pappas.
For a fanciful, glitzy ,and buzz-worthy event worthy of the gods, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s annual gala will sweep you off your feet. This traditional fundraiser is the highest of class. Tickets include cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and “The Public’s monumental flair” in the Wyndham Grand hotel.
40th Bash Gala and Auction – City Theatre Company
May 22 | Heinz Field East Club Lounge
To top off your classy theater party season, join in the “dancing and diversions’ at City Theatre! This fabulous event includes everything from cocktails to wine pairings and bidding on “extraordinary outings and adventures.” This isn’t any ordinary evening.
The event offers several tiers of sponsorship packages, from bronze to platinum. The packages include things like recognition in programs, reserved seating, acknowledgment at the events, and ticket vouchers for the upcoming season. Don’t miss this celebration of 40 years of galas!
Don’t get caught wishing you could have danced all night, when you certainly can with this glamorous line-up of galas and auctions this spring. Be sure to get out and support the Pittsburgh theatre community so they can continue to entertain you throughout the year.